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June 2015

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New Award Categories and Seminars at NEC Event

UK – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) and Multimodal joined forces to launch new awards categories and a fresh series of seminars at next year’s show, 10-12 May 2016 at the Birmingham NEC. The new awards event is being rebranded 'The FTA Multimodal Awards' and will celebrate best-in-class achievement for all transport modes, as well as featuring categories including innovation, training and environmental best practice – as well as the Personality and Exhibitor of the Year. David Wells, CEO of FTA said:

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Union Seems to be Intent on Persecuting Innocent Passengers Whilst French Police Impotent

FRANCE – UK – As the British ‘popular’ press concentrates on the ever swelling number of migrants at the Port of Calais, once more at a virtual standstill due to the actions of the members of the Maritime Nord Union and ex SCOP SeaFrance employees, the French media considers more the actions of those involved. With P & O Ferries halted by pickets consisting of ex MyFerryLink staff and Eurotunnel announcing ‘problems due to incidents at the Terminal’ leaving freight trucks and passengers stranded, one wonders what more can happen in a story that is beginning to read somewhat like a Shakespearian tragedy.

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Established Packaging Client Re-signs Following Expansion

UK – The Essex based freight forwarding and logistics specialist Woodland Group has signed a new, multi-year agreement with Cepac, a Rotherham-based corrugated and retail-ready packaging manufacturer. Cepac, part of the HSA Group, is a long standing client of Woodland, entrusting the company with its contract logistics needs for the past decade.

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This Month's Guest Blog Points Out Some Realities of International Supply Chain Costs

UK – The current economic climate in the UK, with fluctuating fuel prices and plummeting freight rates, will doubtless be welcomed by some and abhorred by others. For those who are about to enter the import or export market and are searching for a reliable freight forwarder there are however many more factors to be taken into account. At the Handy Shipping Guide we receive many requests for assistance in choosing an agent and we direct people to those obvious criteria, trade accreditations such as BIFA, RHA or FTA membership, plus how long a company has traded. This month’s guest blog relies on the opinions of Alan Platt, MD of John Good, itself with a 180+ year pedigree.

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Military Achieves Double Triumph at Annual Event

UK – This year’s annual Women in Logistics (WiL) Awards took place at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire on June 26 and confirmed what many in the world of freight have always known, when it comes to logistics, trust the military to do it properly. Earlier this month at the FTA everywoman Awards for Transport and Logistics we saw London based Lt Cdr Elaine Boyd RN, a Royal Navy Logistics Officer, collect the Team Leader of the year Award and at the WiL event the Royal Logistics Corps went one better, picking up the Company of the Year Award and staff member Lieutenant Charlotte Edwards collecting the Rising Star of the Year trophy.

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Threats, Promises and Insults in a Violent Week of a Long Running Dispute

FRANCE – UK – For our sins the situation we predicted earlier this month regarding the uncertainty surrounding the future for the disenfranchised staff of RoRo freight and passenger ferry operator MyFerryLink has, unfortunately, come to an all too predictable head this week. It would seem that some of the 580 or so SCOP SeaFrance personnel who face redundancy when the company ceases services on July 2 became frustrated and initiated the actions which has seen the port of Calais effectively blockaded and acts of arson bring undersea Eurostar services to a halt.

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Trade Association Backs Firm to Beat the Authorities

IRELAND – Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI) is backing an appeal in the Supreme Court against prosecutions for motor tax offences relating to vehicle weight by road haulage operator Perennial Freight. The FTAI's national council voted to financially back the court action because of its implications for the freight industry in Ireland as a whole. The company, which has over 50 trucks and more than 350 trailers on its fleet, was originally charged with technical offences relating to the unladen weight of the vehicle at the time it was taxed. Chris Smyth, Commercial Director of Perennial Freight, said:

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Highway Trust Fund Puzzle Continues

US – The US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has unanimously passed a six year surface transportation reauthorisation bill in an attempt to address the problems surrounding the Highway Trust Fund, something we have covered in some detail previously. This latest is good news in a sense that the Government can be seen as actively trying to help save the troubled fund, but really the bill only defers the problem to another government branch, as it seems to set out the distribution of the fund without outlining the much needed financing options.

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New Member for World Ocean Council

UAE – As part of its commitment to sustainability, freight and logistics outfit the GAC Group has become a member of the World Ocean Council (WOC), an international shipping and maritime industries alliance for Corporate Ocean Responsibility, where the Dubai headquartered freight and logistics firm will join more than 80 WOC members from across the industry, many of which have long-standing ties with the GAC group of companies, to support international initiatives that promote sustainable development and conservation of the ocean, and will continue to actively pursue developments that reduce the environmental impact of shipping operations. Christer Sjödoff, GAC’s Group Vice President, Commercial said:

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Scheme Designed to Assist with HGV Driver Shortage

UK – At a time when the road freight industry faces a major crisis with the chronic truck driver shortage, Meachers Global Logistics has found a way to entice people to into trying a new vocation after it launched its new ‘Warehouse to Wheels’ scheme in a bid to encourage its existing warehousing staff to pursue a career as a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) driver.

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Scottish Transport Award for CalMac Staff

UK – Relief efforts undertaken by the crew of MV Finlaggan on Harris this year, which we highlighted in a story at the time, have been honoured at the Scottish Transport Awards. Nominated in the Frontline Employee of the Year category, the entire crew was highly commended at the awards ceremony in Glasgow for its community efforts.

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Now it's Wildlife Conservation and Recycling on the Agenda

UK – To many of us old timers involved in the shipping and freight forwarding game, the Port of London Authority has always stood for a very traditional set of standards to be maintained along the River Thames but, like so many other maritime organisations, time has moved on and the PLA has shown itself to be ready to accept the modern aspects of river life in the 21st Century. Recycling is of course a buzzword for many companies wishing to upgrade their public image but the PLA’s latest recycling initiative is both memorable and high profile whilst aiding with wildlife conservation.

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State of the Art Equipment Intended to Help Drowning Refugees

UK – MEDITERRANEAN – Hampshire based Land and Marine Products Ltd, manufacturers of safety equipment for rescue at sea, have donated four state of the art Jason’s Cradle units, the same equipment used globally by the military and commercial rescue operations, in a humanitarian bid to save the lives of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean.

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Chinese Authorities Penalise Box Carriers then Discuss Situation with EU and US Counterparts

CHINA – The Chinese Ministry of Transport has fined 21 shipping lines a total of 4.25 million yuan (around $684,000) over allegations that they ‘violated market conditions’ on Sino-Japan freight routes by offering prices to customers at a lower than normal rate, negatively affecting the ocean shipping market average. The list of offenders includes some names well known in the world of logistics including Chinese and Taiwanese container carriers.

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Perpetrators Could Face 20 Year Jail Terms Plus Million Dollar Fines

US – The UK based operator of the refrigerated cargo ship, the Murcia Carrier has pleaded guilty to failing to maintain an accurate oil record book in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and providing false statements to the US Coast Guard concerning the vessel’s garbage record book. Norbulk Shipping UK was sentenced to pay a criminal penalty of $750,000 and placed on three years of probation. Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, said:

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US Must Decide on How to Fund Much Needed Improvements to Transport Infrastructure

US – The Highway Trust Fund is a subject that tends to make everyone in the Handy Shipping Guide’s office bang their head against a hard surface due to the lack of political will to resolve the matter sensibly. This time it’s Paul Ryan, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, who has unsurprisingly ruled out what would most probably be the cheapest, quickest and most logical way of funding the once again near bankrupt infrastructure fund by simply raising the tax on fuel. Whilst in the UK hauliers representatives such as the Freight Transport Association and the Road Haulage Association have backed the FairFuel UK campaign to try for duty reductions on fuel, it seems that US trucking organisations may actually be willing to accept an increase if the cash is spent on infrastructure improvements.

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Aircraft Must Comply with Minimum Equipment List

US – The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $66,000 civil penalty against Centurion Air Cargo, of Miami, Florida, for allegedly operating an aircraft that was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA alleges Centurion operated an MD-11 freighter jet on at least 12 flights between June 5 and 11, 2013 while failing to comply with its minimum equipment list (MEL) procedures after receiving a fuel quantity fault indication during a June 5 flight. An MEL specifies what equipment may be inoperable during a flight pending repair of that equipment.

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Road Haulage Wage Regulations Come into Force Next Month

NORWAY – EUROPE – Following Germany’s not so successful attempt to implement a minimum wage in its road haulage sector after the European Commission decided to launch an infringement procedure against the country, a new regulation on the minimum wage in the non-EU member country of Norway, will come into effect as of July 1st 2015, and will see a higher rate of earnings for both domestic and foreign drivers of HGV trucks operating within the country’s borders.

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US Resistance Causes Reassessment of Initiative

WORLDWIDE – As any seasoned traveller knows there are many occasions when, due to the quantity and size of fellow air passengers’ carry-on luggage, those last to their seats are told that their bags must be stowed in the hold with the freight, the overhead bins already having been filled. Now an innovative scheme proposed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) which claims to represent some 83% of the world’s air traffic, has had to pause the rollout of its ‘Cabin OK ‘initiative and begin a comprehensive reassessment in light of concerns expressed, primarily in North America.

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Recent Staff Changes in the World of Logistics - and an Honour for Long Serving Director

UK – The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has named Fred Osborn to succeed Carson McMullan as the new National Chairman, with Mark Bromley becoming Vice Chairman. Since 2000, Osborn has been the Co-Owner of X-Pand International Freight. He has been BIFA's Vice Chairman for the past two years and was previously Chair of BIFA's Air Policy Group. He joined the trade association's Board in 2011.New Vice Chairman, Bromley is sales and development manager at Allways International Forwarding. Sir Peter Bottomley, MP, remains as BIFA President.

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Le Shuttle Excluded as Regulators Strive to Avoid More Legal Complexities

FRANCE – UK – As of June 16, French rail regulator, Autorité de Régulation des Activités Ferroviaires (Araf) and its British counterpart, the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) have taken over the responsibility of monitoring the conditions of access and the tariffs for the Channel Tunnel, from the Intergovernmental Commission (IGC). Passenger and freight Le Shuttle services operated by Eurotunnel are the only exception from the two authorities’ scope as the organisation is excluded from most EU rail rules including on-track access charging.

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Insurance Body Boss Reiterates Shippers Individual Responsibility

WORLDWIDE – As a global provider of liability, property and cargo insurance to the international freight and shipping industry, the TT Club has long championed a variety of measures designed to increase safety throughout the container supply chain, many of which we have featured. At last week’s TOC Container Supply Chain Conference in Rotterdam, Kevin King, the Club’s Regional Director EMEA took the opportunity to address an audience of container operators, port and freight terminal executives and logistics professionals to highlight the crucial importance of an underlying principle of best practice which would improve the industry’s safety record, and called for all parties to take responsibility for minimising the risks inherent in container freight transportation. In his speech, King said:

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Giant French Cargo Carrier Examined by Maritime Emergency Group

FRANCE – GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – As the world’s container shipping lines build ever larger vessels, so comes the problems of manoeuvring these behemoths whether they are on the high seas or in a resrticted anchorage. Now CMA CGM and the German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies (CCME) have tested the Command's capability to tow this new wave of ultra-large cargo ships that currently ply the world's trade lanes, during an exercise held earlier this month. Using CMA CGM's 16,000 TEU container ship the CMA CGM Jules Verne, and the CCME’s multi-purpose vessels, the Neuwark, the Mullen, and the Nordic, the operation was hailed a success by all the parties involved, with Wolfgang Knopf, On-Scene Coordinator, saying:

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RMT Union Instructs Members Not to Turn Up for Work

UK – Once again there are labour problems brewing centring on the key lifeline services provided by Ro/Ro freight and passenger ferries which ply between the Scottish mainland and the offshore islands. The RMT union has called for stoppages over the threatened takeover of the Clyde and Hebrides service after over 90% of eligible members voted for industrial action in a ballot that covered both strikes, and action short of strikes.

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Lightning Strikes Twice for Trailer Hire Firm

NORTHERN IRELAND – ENGLAND – Earlier this year we had cause to spread the happy news that a skeletal trailer stolen a whole year previously from the yard of Ashcroft Trailer Hire in County Antrim, had been recovered, unfortunately without the empty shipping container it had disappeared with. Regrettably we are told today that lightning has apparently struck twice and road haulage drivers are, once again, being asked to help.

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Russian Group Transports Canal Power Upgrade

US – EGYPT – Of late all talk of canal works has tended to be the extensive works currently under way to upgrade the Panama Canal but recently Russian heavy lift and project air freight specialist Volga-Dnepr Airlines has used one of its giant aircraft to deliver a 28 tonne shipment of power stations from New York to Cairo, Egypt, that will be used to supply the Suez Canal widening project.

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Egyptian Freight Handlers Source Once Again from Finland

FINLAND – EGYPT – Finnish crane group Konecranes has recently received an order for four Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes from the Branch Damietta Container & Cargo Handling Company (DCHC) in Egypt. This will be Konecranes’ second RTG delivery to Damietta. Damietta having purchased six Konecranes RTGs in 2009, which the customer says have proven to be very popular with the crane operators.

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Annual Event Sees a Clean Sweep for Century Old Outfit

UK – Freight forwarding and supply chain management group World Transport Agency (WTA) has been named as ‘Family Business of the Year as well as ‘Transport and Logistics Family Business of the Year 2015’ and the ‘South East Family Business’ of the year 2015, in an annual event organised by Family Business United. The trio of success came in the face of stiff competition from many other family owned and managed enterprises.

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Virtual Reality Programme Funded by EU

EUROPE – It is an unfortunate fact of life that terrorism is having to be considered ever more seriously as the 21st century passes and with particular relevance when one considers the importance and vulnerability of certain aspects of pan European transport infrastructure. Airports, ports and railway stations, all vital links in the passenger and freight supply chain, can be subject to attack and now thirteen project partners from six EU countries have joined together to research and develop improved training tools and techniques and further equip security personnel to respond to physical threats and cyber-attacks.

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Boeing Maintains its Control of Much of the Airfreight Market

FRANCE – US – TAIWAN – With the beginning of the Paris Air Show this week it seems Boeing has started with a bang, besides various passenger plane orders the US manufacturer has announced that EVA Airways intends to purchase five 777 Freighters. The commitment, valued at more than $1.5 billion at list prices, represents the first 777 Freighters to join EVA's fleet. The big news for all makers this year is that the US military are back after an absence last year, but cargo plane orders such as this one are a steady earner for the likes of Boeing and Airbus Industries.

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Major Ports on Opposite Sides of the Globe Unite in the Name of Trade

US – NEW ZEALAND – CHINA – It seems the big container shipping lines forming new alliances has set a trend with now the Ports of Los Angeles, Auckland, and Guangzhou signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and establishing the ‘Tripartite Ports Alliance’, which forms a part of a wider level of cooperation between the three sister cities and strategic trading partners which had initially committed to working more closely together in November 2014. The newly formed alliance provides a platform for growing trilateral cooperation to foster trade, innovation and investment opportunities between the public and private sectors of the three regions. Ambassador Vilma Martinez, Los Angeles Harbor Commission President, said:

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Guaranteed Weekly Offering Antwerp - New York

US – BELGIUM – Freight forwarding and third party logistics operator Ceva Logistics, has launched a new guaranteed weekly Less-than-Container Load (LCL) service from Antwerp, Belgium, to New York, US, supplementing Ceva’s already comprehensive LCL offerings which it says have been growing rapidly since the end of 2011. Further direct weekly services will be added from Antwerp throughout 2015, establishing the location as a key hub within Ceva’s LCL and Ocean Freight network.

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Licences Could be Endorsed and Fines Incurred by Those Who Fail to Follow Procedure

UK – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is telling road haulage operators to be aware of changes to the M25 Dartford Tunnel approach that come into force this weekend. Following the introduction of Dart Charge in November, a new traffic safety system has been put in place to identify oversized vehicles and those carrying hazardous goods. Traffic lights and automatic barriers will stop lorries continuing through the tunnel in the wrong lane and drivers face fines and potential points on their licence if they don’t comply with the restrictions.

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The MyFerryLink - Eurotunnel - SeaFrance - DFDS Legal Conundrum Show Keeps Getting Encores!

FRANCE – UK – Hard to credit we know for anyone who has followed the story, but the MyFerryLink saga in which the company arose from the ashes of SeaFrance only to be extinguished by the UK authorities, has now taken two further turns this week alone. The story so far; SeaFrance folded, the unemployed workers formed ‘SCOP’, Eurotunnel bought the RoRo Freight and passenger ferries to operate in tandem with the tunnel, labour courtesy of a contract with SCOP, the deal was passed by the French, stymied by the UK (saying it contravened merger regulations and reduced competition in the trade as Eurotunnel had too much of it) ad seemingly infinitum.

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(They All Agreed to Pay Up - Although of Course Denying All Charges)

US – CHINA – WORLDWIDE – The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has recovered a total of $430,000 in civil penalties after completing several separate compromise agreements with various ocean freight companies. The agreed penalties resulted from investigations conducted by the Commission’s Area Representatives from around the country. The parties, seven non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) and freight forwarders, settled and agreed to penalties, but did not admit to violations of the Shipping Act or the Commission’s regulations. Chairman Cordero stated:

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Latest Appointments and Resignations in the Logistics Industry

US – Another one bites the dust at DHL Global Forwarding, with Christoph Remund, resigning from his role as Chief Executive Officer of the US region following last month’s departure of Roger Crook. Current CEO of DHL Global Forwarding American’s, Mathieu Floreani has taken over Remund’s responsibilities in the interim. These changes at the top of the freight services arm signal wider changes within the company after the division reported poor results and a turbulent introduction to its IT modernisation project, New Forwarding Environment (NFE). A month or so ago logistics industry rumours were rife that there would shortly be a ‘night of the long knives’ at the express freight group and it would appear these may have had some substance.

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Federal Regulation Fails to Keep Pace and Compete with Road Trucks

US – According to a congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board, while a 1980 reform law enabled the modernisation and stabilisation of the US freight railroad industry, federal regulation has not kept pace with the industry’s transformation and should be replaced with a system better-suited to today’s freight rail system. Current policies designed to protect rail shippers who lack transportation options, such as road haulage trucks, from excessive rates, are not working for shippers of most commodities, including grain. More appropriate, reliable, and usable procedures are needed to resolve these rate disputes without threatening the earnings railroads need to pay for their capital-intensive networks.

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International Maritime Organization HQ is Scene for 2015 Announcements

UK – WORLDWIDE – The headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) was the scene for this weeks 2015 International Seafarers' Welfare (ISWAN) Awards, funded by a grant from the ITF Seafarers' Trust and this year additionally headline sponsored by Inmarsat. The award ceremony was hosted by Secretary General of the IMO, Mr Koji Sekimizu, and, at an event dedicated to honouring organisations and individuals which have excelled at providing assistance to the merchant marine maritime community, Mr Sekimizu said:

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WFS to Control Throughput at Five Spanish Airports

SPAIN – Worldwide Freight Services (WFS), which claims the title of the world’s largest air cargo handler, has won new seven-year full ground handling licenses to operate at Spain’s Madrid, Seville, Santiago, Oviedo and Vitoria airports following a public tender conducted by Aena, operator of the Spanish airports, in a bidding process which saw ten ground handling companies take part. The deal means that the company will see for the biggest expansion of its ground handling activities in Europe in over 40 years.

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Agreement Signed on Behalf of Airlines to Tighten Up on Smuggling Rare Species and Their Products

WORLDWIDE - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate on reducing illegal trade in wildlife and their products, as well as on ensuring the safe and secure transport of legally traded wildlife. Over recent years, there has been a surge in the illegal trade of wildlife and their products such as elephant ivory, rhino horn, bush meat and rare timbers and plants and plant products, with many smugglers misusing the complex international aviation system to evade customs and other enforcement agencies, despite the efforts of air freight carriers to detect illicit dealings.

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Kudos from Customers Which Recognise Ability of Air Cargo Carrier's Consistent Service

US – UK – FRANCE – There are very few of the major players in the freight and logistics community which can resist the lure of having their name associated with a high profile sports brand, often tempted by the glamorous side of competition, ocean racing, Formula 1 etc. The best way however, rather than spending a packet on sponsorship, is to move the equipment required, resulting in both the kudos by association and, hopefully a profit, and one company that seems to have the balance right is air carrier Virgin Atlantic Cargo.

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But What Happens When They Go Wrong?

MEXICO – WORLDWIDE – When large speciality motors catastrophically fail at sea, finding a suitable replacement within days, not months, is critical to bring production back online and minimize loss of revenue. Whether for sophisticated thrusters or naval weaponry, or more mundane equipment such as compressors, winches or pumps, large speciality motors are used throughout the marine industry. Therefore, when one of these motors catastrophically fails at sea, the ramifications can range from minor annoyance to the cessation of work for anything from an oil rig to a containership laden with freight, with the resultant downtime costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue.

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Politicians Head in the Sand Tactics Over Gas Prices Need to be Addressed

US – With the Highway Trust Fund budget, which is meant to ensure the free flow of freight and passenger traffic, extended until the end of July 2015, due to the two extra months grace created by a bill introduced by two Republicans, Bill Shuster, chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Paul Ryan, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, the US needs to get a grip on the problem of the programmes multi-billion dollar shortfall that is apparently still to be resolved, much as we pointed out in a detailed article last month.

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LR1 Type Vessels Exceed Forthcoming IMO Construction Guidelines

ITALY – IRELAND – KOREA – VIETNAM – Product tanker specialist d’Amico International Shipping S.A, headquartered in Rome has, through its operating subsidiary d’Amico Tankers Limited, Ireland ordered the construction of two new Long Range (LR1 – 75,000 DWT) modern product tankers from the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Korea similar to two vessels already to be purchased as revealed in April. The two ships will actually be built at the Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard in Vietnam and are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2017 and Q1 2018 respectively, for a total consideration of about $44 million each.

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New Liveries for French Transport Company as US Group takes Majority Share

FRANCE – US – Further to our story last month details of the sale of French freight forwarding, road haulage and logistics group Norbert Dentressangle to XPO Logistics have officially been released. XPO has acquired a 67% interest in Norbert Dentressangle SA, at a price of €217.50 per share which the purchaser claims pushes the group into the world’s top ten providers of transportation and logistics services with an annual revenue around $9.2 billion.

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Doubt Over MyFerryLink Service as SeaFrance Vessels Sold Off

UK – FRANCE – The end it seems has finally come for MyFerryLink, the cross channel waterborne link owned by Groupe Eurotunnel. A formal announcement has made clear that the negotiations we had previously speculated upon between the owners of the Calais – Dover service and Danish headquartered freight and passenger shipping group DFDS have reached a successful conclusion and Eurotunnel holds a binding offer from DFDS for a let to buy sale of the former SeaFrance ferries, Rodin and Berlioz.

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New Report Predicts Further Rise for Dubai

DUBAI – According to a report from Menon, taken from a poll amongst about 1,600 shipping professionals and logistics experts from 33 countries, Dubai will rank in seventh place amongst the leading maritime centres in the world in the next five years. This will it is claimed, by 2020 put it ahead of long-established global hubs such as London, New York, Tokyo, Copenhagen, and Rio de Janeiro. The Emirate now ranks consistently as a top five global location for trade, logistics, tourism and finance and aims to be a key player in the global freight market and a maritime centre of excellence.

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Cargo Cooperation Agreed by Asian - German Pair as with Container Carriers

MIDDLE EAST – INDIA – OCEANIA – In the spirit of the many and varied container alliances we have seen being announced in the past few months, now two major players in the break bulk, heavy lift and project freight cargo markets have joined together in what they term a ‘connecting carrier partnership’. Swire Shipping, the liner shipping division of the China Navigation Company (CNCo) and Rickmers-Linie have outlined how they propose to collaborate in future.

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Technology Can Save Up To Fifty Lives Every Year

US – The Department of Transport's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued its final rule requiring electronic stability control (ESC) systems on heavy trucks and large buses, exceeding 26,000 pounds in gross vehicle weight, which is estimated to prevent as many as 1,759 crashes, 649 injuries and 49 fatalities each year*. ESC works instantly and automatically to maintain directional control in situations where the driver's own steering and braking cannot be accomplished quickly enough to prevent the crash.

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66 Million Year Old T Rex Head - Now That's a Special Project Shipment!

NETHERLANDS – US – GERMANY – Historically the old fossils on the News Desk here at the Handy Shipping Guide have always been inundated by emails of the latest and greatest freight shipments, and our skeleton staff have no bones about discarding the boring ones. Sometimes however something comes along that is truly deserving of a rapturous round applause, when Netherlands headquartered express freight carrier TNT safely shipped the skull of a Tyrannosaurus rex from the US to Germany, and back again.

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Korean Group Gets the Go Ahead to Build Vessels Designed to Load More TEU

SOUTH KOREA – NORWAY – WORLDWIDE – Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has received Approval in Principle for its innovative sliding bridge design for use on large container shipping vessels, by Norwegian classification society DNV GL, confirming that the concept complies with the DNV GL rules for the classification of ships. The revolutionary idea, named SkyBench, has been designed specifically to increase the freight loading capacity on box carriers is best understood by first viewing the short promotional video.

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Conference on Risk in the Supply Chain then Award Ceremony Celebrates the Best of the Best

UK – After the recent successful FTA everywoman in Transport and Logistics awards luncheon, it is now the time for Women in Logistics (WiL) to shine as it unveils its finalists for its own 2015 Annual Awards and Charity Ball. Now in its fourth year, the Women in Logistics Awards is a great opportunity to showcase the achievements of the amazing women in the logistics sector whilst raising funds for the chosen charity, Transaid and promoting an industry that is ideally suited for more female workers, from freight clerks to road haulage drivers, a sector desperately short of qualified staff..

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Annual FTA everywoman Ceremony Encourages More Female Participation

UK – The 8th Annual FTA everywoman Awards for Transport and Logistics was its usual well managed self this week, with a list of nominees for the seven standard categories even longer than ever. Once again the everywoman event was sponsored by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and the pair managed to put on an extremely memorable affair which highlighted just how much the ‘fairer sex’ has to offer the industry.

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Ballast Water Treatment Testing Approved by US Coast Guard

UK – US – Following our recent piece regarding the acceptance by the US Coast Guard (USCG) of Alfa Laval’s latest ballast water treatment system comes news that Lloyd’s Register has been approved as an independent laboratory for testing such systems on behalf of USCG. Ballast water treatment is an essential tool for all sizeable vessels from smaller freighters up to the mega container carriers which are now such a common sight across the world’s waterways.

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Weekly Round Up of Staff Movements

WORLDWIDE – Our weekly round-up of staff changes in the freight and logistics sector starts with the international shipping association, the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), which has announced Philippe Louis-Dreyfus, of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs the French global conglomerate which includes ocean vessels and RoRo freight ferries in its portfolio, as its new President for the next two years, succeeding John Denholm who ended his tenure at the organisation's recent AGM. BIMCO also announced, Anastasios Papagiannopoulos from Common Progress, as the new President Designate.

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Ten Million Euro Investment Sees Fifty Percent Staff Increase

BULGARIA – International freight and logistics company Gebrüder Weiss, officially opened its new distribution centre for the Balkans and Central Asia, in Musachevo/Elin Pelin, near the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, last week. Having invested over €10 million in the site to replace the previous hub in Sofia, Gebrüder Weiss is currently planning direct services to its sites in Turkey and Georgia and is developing transport solutions using road haulage and air and sea freight connections to other countries in Central Asia and further afield.

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Concrete Memorial to Head of Family Firm

US – In any industry with a bit of history, and shipping can certainly claim that, there are from time to time personalities thrown up whose very name becomes iconic. Such is the name of Tom Crowley senior who for years was the power behind the 123 year old family business that is the Crowley Maritime Corporation. Crowley may have died in 1994 but recently his memory was honoured in a very concrete manner when the Seafarers International Union (SIU) dedicated a new administration building in his memory.

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Rapid Growth is the Key to Recognition for SME's

UK – WORLDWIDE – MALTA – According to HMRC UK Trade Info, Exports for March 2015 were £11.8 billion, an increase of £0.8 billion (7.8%) compared with the previous month. Although the UK economy is seeing growth, those in the Sunday Times BT Business SME Export Track 100 seem to be setting out the stall for UK business overseas, raising their international sales turnover by an average of 73% a year. One such company is project freight forwarding specialist Tuscor Lloyds, 63rd in the List and Britain’s energy recovery sector has played a large part in the company’s success.

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Maersk Line Continues to Pursue Larger Box Carrier Policy

DENMARK – KOREA – The world’s largest container shipping line in terms of capacity Maersk Line, has signed a new building contract with Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) for 11, plus 6 optional, second generation Triple-E container vessels with a capacity of 19,630 TEU each. Worth around a total of $1.8 billion, the vessels will have a length of approximately 400 metres, width of 58.6 metres, and a 16.5 metre draft.

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Fork Lift Truck Outfit Supplies Free Help to Charity

UK – ROMANIA – Once again a member of the freight community has stepped up to help a charity, this time through unforeseen circumstances which left it unable to operate. Middlesbrough-based Convoy Aid Romania has collected and exported a wide range of essential goods to north east Romania for some 24 years to help the disadvantaged, but the theft of the organisation’s only fork lift truck left it with the likelihood of closure, until that is fork lift truck supplier Jungheinrich UK stepped in to help.

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More Investment in Cargo Facility with Controversial History

US – DHL has announced a further expansion at its Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky airport (CVG) air freight hub with a statement saying it will inject $108 million into the development. The last time we announced expansion of the site we were forced to cease our comments facility due to the numerous, vitriolic e mails received from ex DHL workers who complained of their treatment when the logistics firm closed its facility at Wilmington with the reported loss of 7,000 local jobs, something said to have affected one family in three in the small town.

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Cash for the Winning Photographs in New Competition

AFRICA – Kuwait headquartered freight and logistics group Agility has launched a photographic competition, open to amateurs and professionals alike, to highlight the success of emerging Africa and reflect its increasing progress calling for images which capture a Continent booming with tech-savvy, youthful consumers, fast-paced urbanisation, and enormous long-term economic prospects. Agility says it is investing in Africa and is committed to building new logistics capacity, infrastructure and access for businesses and consumers across the Continent with a strategy which also includes a strong social and environmental program, focused on education, training and health.

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Explosion Proof Technology Approved by US Coast Guard

US – The advancement of water treatment systems aboard all manner of merchant vessels has been rapid as the threat of pollution from chemicals and alien life forms has at last been recognised and acted upon. Safety aboard chemical and oil tankers has driven specific technologies and now the explosion-proof version of Alfa Laval’s chemical-free ballast water treatment system, PureBallast 3.1 EX, has received approval from the US Coast Guard for use on barges sailing in US coastal waters. The approval comes a year after Alfa Laval PureBallast received an IECEx Certificate of Conformity from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for use in explosive atmospheres on board ships in international waters.

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Seventeen Percent Reduction in Six Years Promised

GERMANY – KOREA – Two giants of the industry, DB Schenker Logistics and Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), have signed a six-year strategic agreement on reducing CO2 emissions from ocean freight. After agreements Schenker has reached with Maersk, Hapag Lloyd and Hamburg Süd, this is the first agreement of its kind with an Asian carrier. Seoul-based HMM will undertake to reduce the CO2 emissions of every container it ships on behalf of DB Schenker Logistics until 2020 by 17% compared to 2014 levels. Taeg Gyu Lee, Chief Maritime Officer of HMM commented:

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Joint Venture Builds on Previous Cooperation

AFRICA – Ardent, the salvage company formed by the merger of Titan Salvage and Svitzer Salvage, subsidiaries of the Crowley Maritime Corporation and Svitzer group respectively which we reported in April, has launched a joint venture with one of Southern Africa’s leading diving and marine services companies, Subtech. Ardent says Subtech brings an unparalleled Sub-Saharan African presence through an extensive infrastructure network with facilities and activities that cover both East and West Africa in additional to its home territory of South Africa.

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