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June 2014

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Near Empty Train Can Now Backload via Regular Agents

SWEDEN – BELGIUM – Automotive group Volvo is as keen as any modern company to improve its green credentials and has made a significant move this week by reaching an agreement with Scandinavian Logistics Partners AB (Scanlog) to sell surplus capacity in rail transport from Belgium to Sweden which the freight agency can utilise on multimodal operations. The Volvo Group’s freight train, the so-called ‘Train 8’ leaves from Sweden fully loaded with truck components to the Group’s truck plant in Ghent, Belgium with ten departures a week, yet only 10% of the cargo capacity is used during the return trip to Sweden.

image: Rotterdam deep water container shipping port Neopanamax ultra large box carrier TEU cargo

More Box Handling Equipment Ordered as Rivals Improve Environmental Credentials

NETHERLANDS – AUSTRIA – SWEDEN – UK – CHINA – Whilst much is spoken about the expansion of deep water facilities for container vessels and bulk carriers around the world as each class of cargo ship seems to be superceded by the next, Panamax by Neopanamax and Super Panamax, box carrier designers rapidly running out of adjectives after Ultra Large etc., one European port still reigns supreme over the others and goes about its business, developing as its sees fit and currently on a grand scale to manage the shipping behemoths of the future.

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Freight Sector the Winner as Attitudes Change Toward Gender Imbalance

UK – Women in Logistics (WiL), the organisation formed in 2008 specifically to address the gender imbalance in the worlds of shipping, road and air freight and the supply chain in general, celebrated its annual conference and awards on 27 June at a glittering ceremony at the St John’s Hotel in Warwickshire when the winners of the four awards were announced in the company of the judges Professor Richard Wilding and Ruth Waring, along with special guest Mrs Beverley Bell, the UK's first female Traffic Commissioner.

image: Groupe Eurotunnel Cross Channel RoRo Freight ferry UK Competition and Markets Authority Commission SeaFrance MyFerryLink

UK Authorities Demand Cessation of Service but This One Could (continue to) Run and Run

UK – FRANCE – A ruling this week from the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is supposed to sound the death knell for Groupe Eurotunnel’s venture into the RoRo cross channel freight and passenger ferry market, MyFerryLink, with the confirmation of a previous decision by the Competition Commission (CC) that the mechanism whereby the tunnel outfit took over the failed SeaFrance operation was unfair, and would lead to an uncompetitive environment with Eurotunnel controlling the majority of cross channel traffic.

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For So Long an Anonymous Industry it's Time to Show How Important the Shipping of Goods is to the Modern World

UK – Today saw the launch of the much awaited Business on the Move board game, designed specifically to give children in education an idea of how important the logistics industry is to each and every one of them, and how the supply chain works. The sector has traditionally been invisible to the man in the street, made up as it is by so many elements, all working together to ensure everything gets delivered on time and in good order. The game, sponsored by the great and the good from every part of the freight and retail community, will be initially rolled out to five hundred schools.

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Your Chance to Experience Something Truly Unique - and Achieve Something Worthwhile

UK – TANZANIA – Less than a year to go until a selection of members from the land freight and ocean shipping industries experience the ride of their lives as they cycle 400 kilometres across Tanzania for international road haulage charity Transaid. Places are still available, with more adventure-seeking volunteers needed for this incredible challenge. Participants signed up so far for the journey, which takes place from the 6th to the 14th of June 2015, include teams and individuals from DFDS Seaways, Labyrinth Logistics, Michelin Tyres, and Multimodal, to name but a few.

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Fork Truck Death and Injury Can be Avoided Just by Talking

UK – Everybody in the freight and logistics environment knows the dangers of working using mechanical handling equipment and the University of Warwick will be the setting for this year’s Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) annual conference on 24 September 2014 and a first-ever Safety Conference Practical Safety Panel will feature in a Q&A session. This will see discussions with a group of experts representing a wide-range of perspectives and practical experiences relating to fork lift truck operations, which further emphasises the FLTA’s belief in the real-world benefits of learning from the experiences of others when it comes to improving fork lift safety.

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June Sees a Host of Accolades for the Best in the Industry

WORLDWIDE – News of various commendations and achievements this week for multimodal freight associated companies in the supply chain starting with Ceva Logistics backing up the Lean and Green Star Award it won jointly with customer Wärtsilä last year by taking the Best Green Logistics Operator award at the 28th Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA) held in Shanghai recently as well as the company being nominated in the Best 3PL category. The titles for Best Road Haulier - Asia and Best Logistics Service Provider - Project Cargo were awarded to Kerry Logistics and the Best Airport – Europe title went to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for the nineteenth time in the scheme’s 28 year history.

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Every Trucker and Cyclist Should Watch This Common Sense Video

UK – A lot has been made lately regarding the adoption and enforcement of safety measures appertaining to the relationship between cyclists and HGV truck drivers, much of it spawned unfortunately as a result of some truly horrific incidents. London tends to be the main focus for initiatives such as Transport for London’s (TfL) Cycle Safety Action Plan and the Metropolitan Police, Greater London Authority (GLA) and Crossrail Operation Safeway and Exchanging Places initiatives. The problems associated with freight delivery vehicles and two wheelers sharing roads, particularly in urban areas, know no borders however.

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Future Can Only Be Bright if Countrywide Conflicts Cease for Good

MYANMAR – Since international sanctions were lifted in 2012, Myanmar has established itself as a new frontier market, with potential to become a major sourcing country and consumer market for global freight customers in the near future. With the country’s strategic location lodged between three drivers of international economic growth, China, India and Southeast Asia, many freight agencies are looking to include themselves in the picture and third party logistics provider, Damco, has become the latest forwarder to enter the emerging market. Burmese commercial skies however are not necessarily as blue and cloudless as many wish to believe.

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A Whole Bunch of Job Swaps This Week

WORLDWIDE – We start this week’s round up of appointments and departures amongst the logistics, freight forwarding and shipping sectors with the news that the Nautical Institute has elected Captain Robert McCabe FNI as President, taking over the two year role from Captain Sivaraman Krishnamurthi FNI, at the Institutes’ recent AGM, which also saw Captain David (Duke) Snider FNI as Senior Vice President.

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Successful Transit Opens Up International Market

RUSSIA – GERMANY – TURKEY – Our picture shows the unloading of a prototype of the Turkish T129 attack helicopter recently entrusted to cargo carrier Volga-Dnepr Airlines, which the Russian outfit was charged with shipping from Ankara to Berlin for the the ILA-2014 Berlin Air Show which took place at the Berlin ExpoCenter Airport toward the end of May, before the return leg back to the manufacturer.

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Despite Past Troubles Egypt Sees One Group Which Just Keeps Expanding its Portfolio

EGYPT – UAE – As the country continues to emerge from internal strife one global transport provider has showed continued confidence in Egypt’s rehabilitation with the announcement that Dubai headquartered Aramex will inaugurate its new 14,000 square metres logistics and warehousing facility in the somewhat quirkily named industrial complex 6th of October City, in August 2014. Aramex has been operating directly in Egypt since 1986 and has a total workforce of over 1,800 employees there, more than 10% of its global work force. The company’s operations range across international and domestic express delivery, freight forwarding, and e-services, including Shop and Ship and this facility will extend the group’s already substantial offering in the country.

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Contract Expansions for Ceva and GAC whilst Trelleborg Upgrades Port Cooperation

US – SWEDEN – UAE – Several companies in the international supply chain have announced new interests this week staring with freight forwarding specialists Ceva Logistics which has announced an expansion of its services with the Ford Motor Company. Ceva will provide the inbound transportation logistics for Ford’s new Michigan facility the Coldwater Origin Distribution Center. Ceva and Ford have worked together now for over 2 decades and now Ceva’s road haulage transportation operations will be based in various Michigan locations and provide pickup and delivery to the Coldwater ODC. Kerry Zielinski, Ceva’s Vice President of Business Development and Ford account lead for the Americas, commented:

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Ship to Sail from Le Havre with Starboard Side Boxes Bearing Images by Avant-Garde Photo Collage Specialist

FRANCE – WORLDWIDE – To most English speakers the initials JR have something to do with Texan oil millionaires, but to natives of France they may conjure up more avant-garde images from a man who goes some way to being called that country’s Banksy. This Gallic JR works in different media and is at the forefront of French art, famously decorating sites with huge photo murals, one of which is to decorate the decks of one of the CMA CGM shipping line’s biggest container vessels when she sails on July 3.

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Annual IMO Event Used to Request Help in Developing a Fair Transport Mark

WORLDWIDE – June 25 marks the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Day of the Seafarer, an annual opportunity for the public to remember that seafarers deliver more than 90% of the goods in the supermarket and say thanks for the safe delivery of the freight which keeps the wheels of society turning by transporting food and all manner of products internationally. Now Nautilus International, the union of maritime professionals, is calling on the industry to back a campaign to create decent working and living conditions for all seafarers on this special day by supporting its ‘Fair Transport Mark' campaign.

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HGV Dual Fuel and Alternative Power Trial Results Out This Month

UK – This month sees the first annual report to the Department for Transport (DfT) on the trial evaluation of Low Carbon Truck and Refuelling Infrastructure, a scheme designed to incentivise an increasing number of road haulage operators to switch to more environmentally friendly power sources, particularly gas vehicles, and clean up the industry’s image. The initial report, authored by Atkins, immediately drew comments from the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

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It is Essential That Well Forged Military Supply Chain Links Remain Open for Commercial Traffic After Cessation of Hostilities

UK – PAKISTAN – AFGHANISTAN – Few outside the international supply chain realise the importance of logistics when it comes to assisting the troubled nations around the globe, both supporting during the times of conflict and, just as crucially, aiding the recovery when the warring factions are withdrawn or reduced. Now freight forwarding outfit Allseas Global Logistics has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Raaziq Logistics and Supply Chain Management, a firm which claims, with some justification, to be Pakistan’s leading company in the field.

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Salvage Group Views a Safer Workplace for All as Essential

DENMARK – WORLDWIDE – As time moves on and the internet generation ages it has become more widely accepted that game playing can make a serious contribution to everyday life and work. This week we have seen the BBC covering the story of Minecraft being used in British schools to help educate kids reluctant to write up their experiences, and now towage and salvage group Svitzer has launched its own downloadable app for smartphones and tablets called Shipshaper, to play a part in safety in the shipping industry workplace.

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New Cranes and Increased Feeder Traffic Bode Well for Tilbury

UK – When the deep water port development which is the DP World London Gateway container project was announced many in the shipping world must have wondered what lie in store upstream in future at the Port of Tilbury. From news emanating from there in recent weeks it seems any fears may have been unfounded. As can be seen from our dramatic photograph of the offloading of freight from the Samskip vessel, Henrike Schepers, the London Container Terminal has just seen the first of its two panamax ship to shore cranes go fully operational.

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Cable Drums as Cargo Can be Tricky - Especially at 58 Tonnes

UK – SOUTH KOREA – PHILIPPINES – Anyone who has experience of handling cable reels as cargo knows just how tricky they can be – whatever their size. With a natural tendency to roll and the likelihood of simply falling sideways if poorly controlled resulting in unacceptable damage to the reel itself they can require more than a little experience – especially when they weigh in at 58 tonnes. Project freight forwarding group Tuscor Lloyds recently took on the task of sending just such an item from Newcastle to Manila shipping via South Korea.

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Asian Logistics Prize for Russian Group Whilst Satellites Develop Further as a Mainstream Business

RUSSIA – ASIA – WORLDWIDE – AirBridgeCargo Airlines, Russia’s largest scheduled cargo airline and part of Volga-Dnepr Group, believes that operating one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the air cargo industry probably went part way to the air freight specialist being crowned ‘Best All Cargo Carrier’ at the 28th Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA) this week. Clearly though the parameters for winning show there has to be more to the logistics prize than equipment, including damage free handling, an effective international network, the setting of high performance standards and clear communications with clients.

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Asset Protection Group Upgrades its Standards

WORLDWIDE – In an effort to combat the increasingly sophisticated cargo thefts by organised criminal gangs across the globe and prevent substantial losses being incurred by global manufacturers and freight and logistics service providers, the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) has launched what it regards as the most comprehensive supply chain security standards for facilities and trucking in its 17-year history.

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Is There a Real Need for 4PL's or is it Simply Poor 3PL Management

FRANCE – EUROPE – WORLDWIDE – There are those in the freight community who would take exception to some of the views expressed recently by Arthur van Gerven of Menlo Logistics when he spoke at a recent academic conference in Paris organised by the LOG4Green partnership. The Senior Director of Business Development and Key Account Management based in Eindhoven was explaining his rationale to justify employing a 4PL in ‘Managing Risk and Resilience in Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management for Urban Supply’, as opposed presumably to employing one or more 3PL’s.

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Proposal for On the Spot Fines Sought to Level the Playing Field with UK Hauliers Welcomed by Freight Representatives

UK – The Department for Transport has released plans for foreign hauliers, who put other drivers’ lives at risk, to be given an on-the-spot fine. The proposal, which has been welcomed by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), aims to ensure that foreign HGV drivers are held to account for any infringements incurred whilst undertaking road haulage operations and would bring the UK in line with some other Member States, which already issue on-the-spot penalties for historical EU drivers' working hours offences.

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Chinese Authority Torpedo Destroys Planned European Box Alliance

ASIA – EUROPE – US – So, the good ship P3, the shiny new container vessel built in Europe and designed to give a new look to East West trades by sharing freight between the world’s three largest box carriers, lies listing on a metaphorical Chinese beach, her final destination apparently the scrapyard. Having successfully sailed by the icebergs of the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and over the dangerous shoals in European Commission waters, perhaps with hindsight we should not be too surprised at the torpedo launched into her by the Oriental authorities.

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Breakdown of Law and Order but Consignments Can Still Get Through

IRAQ – With the current chaos in the region we felt readers would be interested in this, the latest bulletin issued by Move One, the logistics outfit headquartered in Dubai which somehow specialises, whether by design or not, in freight movements throughout some of the world’s most troubled regions. The company works extensively for UPS in Iraq and offers an online brochure detailing the facilities and services available to shipping customers. As at 17 June 2014 Move One finds conditions in the following regions as described here.

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Who is Doing What and Going Where This Week

UK – Appointment and staff changes in the freight and shipping sector starts a bit differently this week, with the announcement that Sue Terpilowski, well known Managing Director of Image Line Communications, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to small businesses. As well as managing public relations for some big names in the maritime, logistics, materials handling and supply chain fields, Terpilowski is also London Policy Chair for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Speaking of her new suffix, Terpilowski said:

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Expansion into Asian Market for Published Media Specialist

HONG KONG – UK – Essex headquartered freight forwarding outfit the Woodland Group has a twenty year pedigree when it comes to serving the supply chain needs of the book trade, principally under its former persona as Bookbridge, and the company continues to export more magazines from the UK than any other logistics company. These days under the Woodland Media banner, it continues the tradition globally and the company has now opened a new office in Hong Kong, boosting its services to publishers active in the Chinese market.

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Five Linked Rail Platforms Required for Test Materials

RUSSIA – GERMANY – Project freight forwarding tasks don’t come much trickier when the cargo has to travel tens of thousands of kilometres by multimodal methods – particularly when it is comparatively fragile and sixty metres long! This was the task faced by Russian Railways Logistics (RZDL) on an initial pilot run for unique metal fabricated rail stock from the EVRAZ Consolidated West Siberian Metallurgical Plant, for testing at the Deutsche Bahn facility in Meckelfeld-Seevetal.

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Rising Traffic Levels Bring Good Tidings for Carriers and Agents

HONG KONG – FRANCE – US – A couple of air freight news snippets as Norbert Dentressangle Freight Forwarding Air & Sea announces it has launched a four times weekly air freight service from Hong Kong to Paris to meet demand from French importers whilst American Airlines and US Airways Cargo have produced May tonnage figures showing a significant increase.

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Remotely Operated Vehicle Dispenses with the Need for Divers and Chemicals

UAE – SWEDEN – Having offered its innovative HullWiper service in Fujairah last month, GAC EnvironHull, a subsidiary of the global shipping, logistics and marine services provider GAC Group, has now added Gothenburg as the latest port to see the eco-friendly, brush-and-diver-free hull cleaning service. The west coast port is the first in Europe to host the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) which uses adjustable pressure sea water jets as the cleaning medium rather than brushes or abrasives, resulting in minimal damage to the antifouling surface.

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Hamilton Island Sees Celebration of Safety and Service Whilst Inaugural Highway Guardian Accolade Goes to Lifesaver

AUSTRALIA – A big week for truckers Down Under with the announcement by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) of the winners of the 2014 National Trucking Industry Awards, recently announced at the ATA Foundation Sponsors Gala Awards Dinner on Hamilton Island. The National Trucking Industry Awards are keenly anticipated by those hauling freight in some of the most diverse conditions on the planet and have now been joined by a new ATA initiative, the Bridgestone Bandag Highway Guardian award, which honours professional truck drivers who go above and beyond the call of duty to assist those around them during the course of their normal work.

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Carriage of High Cube Containers and Wide Loads Possible

UK – Multimodal planning specialist FreightArranger, which offers online services enabling the efficient combining of road and rail haulage options, has expanded its portfolio by adding two new routes between Southampton and Manchester, and Southampton and Leeds. Train timings trains have been specifically chosen to run on all working days, with afternoon loading cut-offs allowing for next-day deliveries and offer the ability to accept high cube (9' 6" high) ISO freight containers and swap bodies up to 2.5 metres wide, with opportunities to carry even greater widths.

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Purchase Intended to Reinforce Asia Pacific Presence

UAE – AUSTRALIA – Aramex, the Dubai headquartered logistics group has extended its services in Australia with the acquisition of urban express carrier Mail Call Couriers. Aramex, which itself started life over thirty years ago marketing express cargo services now incorporates a full suite of logistics offerings including freight forwarding, secure records and information management solutions, and e-services covering over 350 locations across 60 countries, principally by following an aggressive expansion strategy.

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New Technology Aims to Improve Supply Chain Risk

US – Covert cargo and vehicle theft detection, recovery, and loss prevention company, SC-integrity (LoJack SCI) and perishable and high value shipment tracking firm Locus Traxx Worldwide, have announced an alliance which aims to both advance and bolster supply chain and cargo shipment security and efficiency. Together, the organisations plan to release a series of bundled tracking and information solutions based on Locus ‘SmartTraxx™ GO’ tracking technology, which monitors both the security and condition of the freight in real-time. LoJack SCI CEO, Ted Wlazlowski, said:

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Warehousing and Express Delivery Firm Extends Pick and Pack Facilities to Sports Publisher

UK – WORLDWIDE – Any freight forwarding operator worthy of the term knows that the book and magazine trade can be a convoluted business, at worst the most demanding of ‘pick and pack’ supply chain logistics operations. When warehousing and express distribution specialist Spatial Global managed to extend its current offering to publishing company Gruppo Media it knew it must be doing something right.

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Fleet Transport Managers Encouraged to Try Out Online Course

UK – With targeted training becoming ever more integral to the role of the professional freight driver as the years pass, just look to the level of CPC anyone in charge of an HGV will need by September, road safety charity Brake is about to embark on its first online training course with the intention of improving a road haulage drivers everyday behaviour and thus reduce the horrifying statistics which show at least ten dead and over one hundred others seriously injured on Britain’s roads every single week.

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Daily Round Trips Instituted This Week

US – CHINA – This week sees the commencement of two new air freight services for American Airlines Cargo which is scheduling daily import and export flights between its hub at Dallas/Fort Worth to and from both Hong Kong (HKG) and Shanghai (PVG), the world's third largest air cargo airport. AA Cargo says the Hong Kong service is a first for any US based carrier, and will open up an extensive market to customers in both South America and Asia. The non-stop service will be operated with a B777-300ER, the airline's first use of the long-range aircraft in Asia.

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Broad Spectrum of Business Results in Jump in Turnover

UK – Whilst the battle rages in the south of the country over the future of container shipping with the new deep water Thames port at London Gateway vying for business with the likes of Felixstowe, Southampton, Tilbury et al, it seems in the North East things are looking good with the release of 2013’s freight and passenger statistics from the Port of Tyne evidencing a 25% rise in cargo volumes to 8.1 million tonnes, whilst turnover jumped 16% to £73 million as against 2012 leading to its claim as Britain’s fastest growing port.

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New Technology Results in Optimisation of Port Equipment

WORLDWIDE – CHINA – Following on from our last article demonstrating an ‘intelligent’ hook for safer lifting comes news from one of the world’s most influential maritime crane builders of a piece of technology destined to transform the bulk handling of freight by utilising cutting edge data mining to ensure optimum loads of every single lift. Liebherr Maritime Cranes predicts its new SmartGrip system will be ‘game changing’ bringing numerous advantages when handling loose fill cargo including higher performance and zero overloads.

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Witty Video Shows Faster and Safer Way to Lift Suitable Loads

UK – WORLDWIDE – The age old adage ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ was never more true than when speaking about a product we have seen operating for the past couple of years which is capable of both saving time and enhancing safety, particularly when working in a freight or construction orientated environment. The Elebia Evo safety crane hook from Kent based Red Plant Ltd. has a unique set of features enabling the operator to manoeuvre and engage the hook whilst standing safely on the ground.

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Low Carbon Emissions are the Target for Reinvigorating Services

UK – Freight trains, carrying critical business supplies into major cities in the UK, may start rolling again for the first time in over 20 years, following a test train from Rugby to London’s Euston Station last week on June 5, which the operator claims delivers a faster service, and potentially saves thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions compared to that of road haulage. Euston Station was formerly a regular destination for freight, the 1963 mail train from Glasgow was Euston bound when it was famously robbed.

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New Technology Simplifies Updating Chart Data

WORLDWIDE – Life just got a little simpler for those bridge officers aboard merchant vessels employing TECDIS branded Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems (ECDIS) when the time comes to ensure data is updated. Nautisk has partnered with Norwegian-based software company Telko to develop a new, one-click Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) installation solution, aimed at making it even easier to keep the systems, commonly used by passenger and freight shipping, up to date and compliant.

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Meanwhile Black Cab Protest Expected to Cause Disruption in the Capital

UK – Traffic news this week from Transport for London contains a couple of items of interest to the freight and logistics community. Firstly the proposed protest by some London taxi drivers due to take place on Wednesday June 11 from 14:00 hours is likely to cause disruption to traffic in the local area and given the large number of vehicles involved, is likely to affect a wider area including Whitehall and Parliament Square. Road haulage operators are asked to liaise with clients regarding earlier collection and delivery times where possible.

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Secretary of Transportation Says Longer Term Investment Required

US – Few people realise the scope and importance of both passenger and freight ferry services which form essential routes across the country. For some communities in America travel by water is not a luxury or even a convenience but an essential link both for work and supplies. Fortunately the Department of Transportation (DoT) has recognised the need to maintain and extend ferry availability and now Congress has authorised the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) MAP-21 Passenger Ferry Grant Program and the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Ferry Boat and Ferry Terminals Facilities Program meaning a $123.5 million cash injection for the industry.

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Made in China Scheme Backed by Industry Heavyweights

UK – Skills for Logistics (SfL), the skills sector council for the freight and supply chain industry, a sector employing 8% of the British work force, has supported the development of a scheme it says could be used nationally to raise mathematics standards among students in an engaging way, according to John Redmond, Assistant Principal at Lutterworth College. The college will be running a Numeracy Day on Friday 20 June, with 48 Year 10, grade C-D borderline GCSE students. The day will be based on the successful SfL ‘Made in China’ logistics days, which were previously supported and delivered by SfL’s team. However, math’s teacher Cath Stephenson and careers teachers within the college will now run future events.

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Misery of Merchant Ship Captured, Abandoned and Sunk Leaving Six Dead

KENYA – SOMALIA – When we first heard and wrote of the capture of the m/v Albedo, the Malaysian freighter hijacked by pirates back in 2010, we pointed out that the total of hostages held in Somalia at the time had topped 520. The release this week of the eleven sailors more than three and a half years later sees things in a better state but with around 40 innocent crew from a selection of vessels still missing presumed captive. The case of the Albedo is itself a microcosm of the misery inflicted upon the crew of cargo and container vessels by the pirates in the past five years, six dead, the rest abandoned by the vessels owners after seven of their Pakistani compatriots were released in 2012 when a ransom was paid.

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Australian Class Action Results in Windfall for Shippers

AUSTRALIA – So, the misery continues for several international airfreight companies with the announcement on D Day that the latest class action against airlines had brought an A$38 million windfall for parties prosecuting Qantas, Lufthansa Cargo, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and British Airways, in relation to international air freight services stretching back to January 2000. Lawyers Maurice Blackburn had launched an anti-trust suit against airlines accused of operating a cartel to the detriment of its clients.

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Predict the Results and Win a Great Prize from Project Forwarder

UK – You have until 23.59 on the 11th June to enter a competition that any football fan will really appreciate. As every supporter out there fancies themselves as a pundit, freight forwarding group Allseas Global Logistics has started a competition to sort out the Alex Ferguson’s from the David Moyes amongst you when it comes to predicting the results of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Panama Authority Moves to 'Real Life' Training Schedule for Pilots and Tugboat Crews

PANAMA – As the world of bulk and container shipping awaits the opening of the new, wider Panama Canal one can only imagine the amount of training which has to be undertaken by the pilots and tugboat captains who will be relied upon to escort and control the latest mega vessels. It seems the Canal Authority have taken education as far as they can using simulators and models and now are concentrating on the real thing with the chartering of a Neopanamax vessel to test both the professionals and the locks they will be required to negotiate.

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Her Majesty Breaks Journey to Commemorate D Day to Unveil Tribute to Ground Breaking Feat of Engineering

UK – FRANCE – When troops landed on the beaches in Normandy seventy years ago the idea of a tunnel under the sea was no more real to the men on the landing craft than it had been to Napoleon as he created several plots to invade England in the decade or so that spanned the 18th and 19th centuries. This week saw Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, en route to France to commemorate the D Day landings, unveil a plaque at St Pancras International station to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Channel Tunnel which now sees vast numbers of cars and freight vehicles travel annually through the link.

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Changes at the Top of IATA and Major Shipping Line

US – This week’s appointments and staff movements in the freight and logistics industry start with the announcement that Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada, has assumed his duties as Chairman of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Board of Governors, effective immediately, for a one year term. Rovenescu succeeds Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Airlines, whose one year term ended at the end of IATA’s AGM.

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New Powers Sought to Ring the Changes at Dover

UK – Virtually any intercontinental trucker who has ever worked in the Southern half of England will be familiar with the Eastern and Western Docks at Dover, one of the iconic symbols representing the historic switch last century from short sea general shipping to ferry borne RoRo traffic carrying all manner of import and export freight. Like anything so well used however perhaps changes are needed and things having got a little ‘tired’ might make the news emanating from the Dover Harbour Board this week very welcome to some, particularly to those with logistics interests.

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Not So Much an Innocent Verdict as a Probationary Sentence from European Commission

US – EUROPE – ASIA – With the host of anti-trust prosecutions and disgraced cartel activities which have plagued the freight industry, from air cargo operators to forwarding agents over the last few years, it is no surprise that the new container shipping alliances, which are currently in vogue as a protection against the vagaries of the ocean trade, have been looking nervously around whilst they appeal like Oliver Twist before the Beadle to various authorities around the world for permission to operate.

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Versatility Required at Different Shipping Ports in North African Market

ALGERIA – Although crane and materials handling group Liebherr have a long tradition in the country dating back 35 years, a commitment reinforced in 2012 by the launch of a joint-venture with the Algerian public company SOMATEL which included the installation of a factory in Ain Smara, Constantine for the production of earthmoving equipment, the crane business has been a steady, but slow burner for the group. The company’s first mobile harbour cranes were delivered around two decades ago but a recent order has seen deliveries due to Algeria almost double the previous 20 year total. The new cranes will service all manner of movements including bulk and general cargo plus ocean freight containers for various shipping groups around the country’s ports and harbours.

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Advances Made to Improve Economy and Ease of Operation

CHINA – JAPAN – Hiroshima headquartered Tsuneishi Shipbuilding Company recently launched a newly designed vessel constructed by its Chinese subsidiary Tsuneishi Group (Zhoushan) Shipbuilding Inc. The 45,400 tonne box-type bulk carrier is a TESS45BOX, modelled on it very successful predecessor, the TESS45, of which sixty nine have been built since the 1990’s. The new ship has several key refinements to ensure the class is brought right up to date and can handle a variety of freight from agricultural to ‘hard’ cargo.

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Meanwhile Body Recovered from Exploded Vessel

THAILAND – JAPAN – The missing oil tanker Orapin 4 has been found, with her crew unharmed, after she was hijacked by pirates on her way to Indonesia from Singapore. This news comes as Japanese authorities release a statement confirming that they have found the body of the Captain who disappeared after his own vessel exploded a few miles away from Himeji Port last Thursday, May 29.

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Liebherr Sell Largest Ever Box Movers in South America

SOUTH AMERICA – Crane maker Liebherr has sold the largest container cranes it has ever manufactured for the west coast of South America with the recent purchase by the Chilean based Terminal Pacífico Sur Valparaíso (TPS) of three Ship-to-Shore units, specifically designed to meet the newest demands mounted by the new generation of box vessels employed by shipping companies.

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Visitor Numbers Up as Plans Afoot for 2016 Event

GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – When a freight and logistics exhibition can boast an attendance with well over half the exhibitors and visitors emanating from outside the home country it can truly be called international and such is the case with the CeMAT event which has just ended in Hannover. Drawing some 53,000 visitors from 65 nations, this year’s CeMAT made a perfect three-point landing: 33% of attendees came from abroad, with Europe taking a 70% share, followed by Asia with 13%, the Americas with 9%, Africa with 5% and Australia with 3%. The top 15 visitor nations were the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, France, the United States, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia, South Africa, and China.

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Knock On Effect as Night Time Works Impact Supply Chain

UK – Only too often we see road haulage and other freight groups penalised by works intended to improve the country’s infrastructure, as was the case during the Olympics in London 2012. In that case industry groups joined forces to try and ameliorate the disruption and present a united front when protesting about the problems caused, but now one company in the West Midlands has acted as spokesperson over ongoing disruption caused to local logistics by essential road works.

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New Development Will See Major Manufacturing Facility Developed

UK – The natural harbour which has become the Port of Burntisland in Fife has been used as such for around 2,000 years since the Romans arrived in Scotland. Now, following the approval of full planning permission from the local Council, a joint project between Forth Ports Limited and the Fife based Scott Group will see a multimillion pound investment for the regeneration of the eastern end of the port and a major manufacturing initiative with the adaptation of the quayside for handling the quantities of timber being delivered as sea freight to supply the new project.

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Ongoing Labour Dispute 'Will Go On For Years'

US – The protracted, and ever more acrimonious, disputes at the Port of Portland took another turn recently when an Administrative Law Judge for the National Labor Relations Board issued a preliminary decision and recommended order on May 30, 2014 that for the period of September 2012 to June 2013 longshore workers employed at Terminal 6 engaged in unfair labour practices by driving trucks slowly, refusing to hoist cranes in bypass mode, and refusing to move more than one 20-foot shipping container of freight at a time on older trailers in an effort to force management company International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) to abandon the port.

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