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June 2017

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South African Rejection Does Not Deter Japanese Lines

EUROPE – JAPAN – After news came last week of South Africa's decision to reject the proposed collaboration of Japan's three largest container shipping lines, the European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the creation of the joint venture between Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) in which the three freight carriers will cooperate.

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All the Pieces Which Didn't Headline this Week

UK – Disposable food and catering products, packaging and utensils supplier, Kavis, has outsourced management of its UK B2C supply chain to Walker Logistics. Walkers will receive incoming stock and dispatch orders throughout the UK on behalf of Kavis from its 230,000 square foot, multi-client warehouse facility just outside Reading. William Walker, sales director of Walker Logistics, said:

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Staff Moves to End the Month

WORLDWIDE – Henk Venema, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Network Carrier Management at DHL Global Forwarding, has been named the new Chairman of the Cargo iQ Membership Board. He takes over from Max Sauberschwarz, Vice President and Global Head of Carrier and Gateway Air Logistics at Kuehne + Nagel, who chaired the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) interest group from 2013.

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Shippers and Forwarders Encouraged to Gain AEO Accreditation

UK – The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is encouraging all companies involved in the supply chain, including both shippers and freight forwarders, to become an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), in order to ensure the United Kingdom operates frictionless borders post-Brexit (as detailed in our previous article). As such, CILT has announced the dates for its premier AEO courses, essential instruction for all supply chain operators offering support, training and guidance to enable companies to gain this 'must have' accreditation status.

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Handling Equipment, Lighting and Emission Standards Have to Be at Optimum Levels

UK – The heart of the freight distribution business lies within the warehouses which receive, handle and deliver onto collecting vehicles all the cargo which flows along the supply chain. This, often less glamorous side of the logistics industry, has however seen some huge leaps in cost savings and efficiencies of operation in the past few years and deserves more than a mention. We look now at a few examples of companies which have been able to adapt, using new technologies to improve efficiency.

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Maersk Speaks Out on Effect of Cyber Intrusion on its IT Systems as MSC Helps Out

DENMARK – WORLDWIDE – AP Moller Maersk has released an update on the state of its IT systems following the recent cyber-attack known as 'Petya', confirming that the issue remains contained, with the shipping behemoth continuing to work towards technical recovery. A number of IT systems have been deliberately shut down across multiple sites and select business units, also impacting email systems. Maersk says that business continuity plans are being implemented and prioritised, with Maersk Line once again able to accept bookings. In a statement, Maersk said:

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How Modern Methods Apply Both Above and Below the Waterline

WORLDWIDE – The Handy Shipping Guide has written multiple times on the potential use of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles by the freight and logistics industry. Though many of these schemes go beyond science fiction into what can only be categorised as bizarre, there is no denying that use of these machines has a potentially revolutionary influence on aspects of the industry that might not get much of the limelight, but are of critical importance in the efficient and economic conduct of the industry. Today we have here the views of Martek Marine in a piece examining how Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are finding ever greater uses in field of marine surveying and how this is impacting on ship operators and the maritime industry.

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Why Cast Aside a System Successfully Operated for Twenty Six Years?

UK – The latest statement from the Road Haulage Association (RHA) regarding the overnight allowance payments made to commercial drivers when sleeping in their cabs succinctly puts a case and demonstrates the contradictions which so often ensue when no clear policy emanates from an organ of government. The RHA says that HMRC has created mass confusion, issuing wildly varying and contradictory advice on numerous occasions. Strong words from an organisation which has worked, apparently happily, alongside tax and customs officials for some time on this very matter.

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JBS and CHEP Agree to Collaborate on Additional Logistic Solutions

US – Supply chain optimisation specialist CHEP has reached an agreement with JBS USA (JBS), a leading processor of fresh and value-added beef, pork and poultry products in North America, to expand existing pallet volumes and engage in additional collaborative supply chain solutions. During the last 12 months, the two companies have had an ongoing cooperation that has resulted in the elimination of 880,000 empty truck miles from the JBS supply chain, resulting in a reduction of more than 3.3 million pounds of CO2 emissions. Tim Wagner, Procurement Category Manager, JBS, said:

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Further Boost to Training for Industry Professionals

UK – The low profile of the sector is something which many organisation's are striving to change to encourage more youngsters into the freight transport industry and now Aston University is to introduce a full NOVUS degree course in logistics and supply chain management. The Business and Supply Chain Management BSc (Hons) course starts in September 2017 and is NOVUS' first expansion of its scheme outside of the University of Huddersfield, where it launched the programme four years ago. Ed Sweeney, Professor of Logistics at Aston University and Director of the Aston Logistics and Systems Institute, said:

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Destination Siberia for 170 Tonne Vehicles

THAILAND – RUSSIA – There are few more exciting movements in the world of shipping than those big project cargo movements, and the latest big freight transport job undertaken by multipurpose operator AAL certainly has the wow factor. The deep sea operator has scheduled services to compliment this type of individual operation and this shipment was booked by AAL's Brisbane office and operated by the company's Tramp & Projects team, a growing service established by the operator in 2011 to provide tailor-made and competitive shipping solutions to major industry projects around the world.

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Reconfigured Route Offers Fast Link between North Europe and West Africa

UK – AFRICA – Mediterranean Shipping Company's (MSC) West Africa Service has started calling at DP World London Gateway, the Thames side deep water container port. The MSC Sabrina was the first vessel to call at the UK's newest port on the reconfigured service on June 27. The West Africa Service provides a fast link for shippers between the UK & Northern Europe and Senegal, Ivory Coast and Nigeria, with transit times of under 22 days to ports-of-call in those countries, including Dakar, Abidjan, Lagos, Tema. James Leeson, Head of Port Commercial, DP World London Gateway, said:

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Eleven Individuals Involved with Some Having Fled Justice

US – Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) and three of its Executives have been charged with participating in a long-running ocean freight conspiracy to allocate certain customers and routes, rig bids, and fix prices for the sale of international ocean shipments of roll-on, roll-off cargo to and from the US. The case, the latest in a swathe of cartel and antitrust actions which have blighted the industry of late, has now seen eleven Executives and four international shipping lines charged for their role in the ocean shipping investigation with collective criminal fines totalling over $230 million.

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Technology Moves Swiftly in the World's Biggest Industry

WORLDWIDE – In a unique programme drawing together established industry stalwarts and start-up operations linked to logistics and the supply chain Kaleido Logistics and RocketSpace have produced the Logistics Tech Accelerator which, having launched just over a year ago, has now released details of the latest ten global technology start-up businesses that are bringing innovation to the supply chain sector.

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FCL and LCL Box Services Covered by Rail Link

GERMANY – CHINA – Ceva Logistics has launched a new intermodal rail freight service connecting Shilong in China's Guangdong province and Hamburg, Germany. In conjunction with the Chinese state railway company, the new regular block trains will route Shilong, Manzhouli (China), Zabakalsky (Russia), Brest (Belarus), Malaszewicze (Poland) and Hamburg with a station-to-station lead time of 17-19 days. Ceva says its new year-round service solution should save cargo customers up to 2 days in transit time compared with other routings and will also deliver cost savings as a result.

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Trade Association Gathering Promises a Glimpse of the Future Supply Chain

US – WORLDWIDE – One of the most exciting, and to some worrying, subjects occupying those in the logistics supply chain is autonomous transport, and air freight carried in dedicated, unmanned cargo aircraft certainly presents one of the most controversial examples. In October this very subject will be a key talking point at The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) 2017 Executive Summit 'Future Proofing Air Cargo', in Miami, Florida between October 18 - 20.

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Original Code Devised 'At Government Level'

WORLDWIDE – Danish shipping conglomerate AP Moller Maersk has confirmed that it's IT infrastructure has been subject to a major cyber-attack affecting several business units around the world. Maersk are just one of many international companies affected by this latest round of cyber-attacks with several of Ukraine's businesses and Russia's top oil producer Rosneft reporting problems as well as international industrial giants such as RB, responsible for household brands such as Dettol, Harpic and Durex.

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Masters and Owners Should Check Schedules

TURKEY – Mariners using the Bosphorus have been warned to expect closures between June and August due to seabed surveys being carried out for the Great Istanbul Tunnel project. Exact details have not yet been given as to times and dates that closures will be made and any vessels expecting to transit between the 24 June and 3 August should contact the Turkish authorities for advice.

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New Checks from August and Seizures of Repeat Offenders

UK – From August 2017, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will target lorry drivers and operators who try to cheat vehicle emissions, with roadside checks of HGV's which will include an emissions check in the hopes of targeting those who break the law and help to improve air quality. The UK government's approach to reducing nitrogen dioxide levels was heavily criticised by freight and logistics industry bodies in May, when the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs published a draft plan which included looking at ways to reduce emissions produced by vehicles, including those used commercially.

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Increase in Number of Penalties Shows Issue at Crisis

UK – The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has called for a complete review of the fining regime for truck drivers and companies found with illegal immigrants hiding in their vehicles once crossing from Europe to the UK after newly released figures show a 12% increase in the number of penalties issued to hauliers. RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett said:

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US Rail Group Now Has All Aspects of UK Intermodal Box Transport In Hand

UK – US – As we reported last month Genesee & Wyoming Inc (G&W), a company which has developed in the past century from humble beginnings into a major international rail freight and intermodal cargo carrier, has completed its latest acquisition, that of UK container logistics specialist Pentalver. To anyone familiar with the Pentalver brand the change of ownership will today be obvious, with the new brand identity bearing the familiar orange and gold colours as opposed to Pentalver's favoured shades of blue. Pentalver has commenced re-branding its intermodal container terminals at each of the four major seaports of Felixstowe, Southampton, London Gateway and Tilbury, as well as at its Midlands terminal at Cannock, and its fleet of more than 150 trucks and vans that deliver containers to and from the terminals.

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'Can and Splash' Tests Simply Not Good Enough - ABTO

WORLDWIDE – The Handy Shipping Guide has covered in the past the concerns over the stability of large ore cargoes carried by Very Large Ore Carriers (VLOCs), particularly how in certain circumstances this type of freight can transform suddenly from an apparent solid to a viscose slurry due to the large quantities of water often found within, demonstrating the ability to liquefy under certain circumstances. This transformation and consequent load instability has led in the past to vessels being lost. Now the Association of Bulk Terminal Operators (ABTO) has called for a complete overhaul of the cargo sampling and liquefaction testing protocols for raw ores and less common cargoes, such as nickel ore, fine wet coal and bauxite.

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Our Weekly Roundup of Items from the Industry

GERMANY – KUWAIT – Volga-Dnepr Airlines completed the urgent delivery of a 57-tonne generator rotor from its manufacturing site in Germany to Kuwait on behalf of Siemens using one of their An-124-100 freighters to ensure the 11-metre long cargo reached its destination on-time. Steve Downing, Head of Logistics UK, at Volga-Dnepr, said:

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Berbera First to Be Targeted for New Technology

MIDDLE EAST – AFRICA – Global trade enabler DP World and Masdar, Abu Dhabis renewable energy company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore areas of collaboration on clean energy solutions for DP Worlds portfolio of ports and free zones in the Middle East and Africa. The two companies will work to address challenges related to the delivery of sustainable, reliable and cost effective power generation, with a particular focus on areas that are remote or off-grid.

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Bibby Financial Office Relocates to Aid SME's in Time for Brexit

UK – This month saw Bibby Financial Services (BFS) take up residence in a suite of new offices in Brentwood, Essex as part of its expansion plans which now see more than 850 people employed throughout the UK. With its roots so firmly in the shipping sector the new offices house funding and foreign exchange specialists, tasked with helping SMEs to grow through both domestic and overseas trade, particularly relevant with Brexit negotiations in full swing.

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New Joint Venture Company Launched

INDIA – UK – With the Indian Government taking every possible step to simplify business processes and focusing on the country's manufacturing sector under the 'Make in India' programme, India is on the fast track in terms of growth, consumer demand and cargo flows. In response to the growing demand for expert support and logistics services, project freight forwarding group, Allseas Global Logistics has announced a partnership deal with Mumbai-based Seamless Projects to create a new joint venture company, Allseas Project Solutions.

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Prior Offences Return to Haunt Asian Freight Carriers

SOUTH AFRICA – JAPAN – The South African Competition Commission has rejected the proposed intermediate merger of Japans three biggest container shipping lines Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line). The ONE, as the shippers have decided to name the merged entity, aimed to address the industry-wide problem of overcapacity currently plaguing the ocean freight market, which has seen several shippers enter collaboration agreements in order to survive, else face the same fate as Hanjin Shipping or Rickmers.

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Queen's Speech Met With Disappointment, but Proposed London Road Charges Prompt Cautious Optimism

UK – With the continued uncertainty following the election it is hardly a surprise that politics, particularly the shadow of Brexit, continues to dominate the attention of the bodies responsible for representing the British freight, logistics and road haulage sectors. The Queen's speech on Wednesday, when the Government set out its future plans, has caused more than a little concern. British International Freight Association (BIFA) director general, Robert Keen said:

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Future Proofing for a Hundred Years

SWEDEN – The Port of Kapellskär, located 90 kilometres (60 miles) north of Stockholm, has just completed a major three year refurbishment. One of Swedens most important freight ports and crucial for trade with Finland, Åland and the Baltic States, the port now boasts a new pier, larger logistics area and modernised port facilities. Stefan Hansson, Chair of the Board at Port of Stockholm, said:

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FTA everywoman Festivities Crown Those Who Lead Gender Equality

UK – Today saw the presentation of the FTA everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards at the Marriot Hotel in London's Grosvenor Square. The rise of everywoman has been phenomenal after it's foundation by Maxine Benson and Karen Gill fifteen years ago to promote the role of women in British companies, a career move which resulted in MBE's for the popular pair. Five years later the logistics sector came under their gaze seeing the inception of the first awards for the industry, making this a tenth anniversary event.

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Recipients of CSR Excellence Award

UK – Global port and freight facility operator DP World's commitment to sustainability and endeavouring to explain the importance of logistics to the next generation was recognised at the International CSR Excellence Awards in London recently, with the company winning Gold for Employee Engagement in recognition of its Global Education initiative and also named Sustainability Champion for its 'Our World, Our Future' global sustainability programme. The International CSR Excellence awards were presented in the Houses of Parliament in London on 9 June.

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Also Issued Four Year Probation

US – Two international shipping companies have pleaded guilty in federal court in Beaumont, Texas, to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and obstruction of justice for covering up the illegal dumping of oil-contaminated bilge water and garbage, yet another so called magic pipe incident. In accordance with the terms of the plea agreement, the two defendants the Egyptian Tanker Company (ETC) and the Singapore based Thome Ship Management, have been ordered to pay a fine totalling $1.9 million and will be required to undertake marine and coastal restoration efforts at three National Wildlife Refuges located on the Gulf of Mexico in East Texas, where the offending vessel transited and made port stops.

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New Deal Between Biggest Mid East MRO and Freight Giant

GERMANY – UAE – Etihad Airways Engineering, the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) division of Abu Dhabi airline, has signed a Letter of Intent with DHL Supply Chain to outsource its entire internal logistics functions. Under the contract DHL will manage stores, local transport movements and associated supply chain planning at the Etihad Airways Engineering hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport. David Christmas, CEO DHL Supply Chain Middle East, Russia & Turkey, said:

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On the Spot Fines and Towing for Those Who Owe

UK – With the summer well and truly here, the UK's Department for Transport (DfT) has issued a reminder to foreign registered heavy good vehicle (HGV) drivers that they need to get their UK HGV Road User Levy before they enter the UK, including Northern Ireland. Vehicles are now registered via automatic recognition cameras all over the country and on the spot fines of £300 will be issued to drivers who have not paid the levy. Failure to pay the fine will lead to the vehicle being towed away.

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Balloon Refuses to Burst

FRANCE – US – The Handy Shipping Guide has covered many times in the past the development of air ships designed to carry and deliver heavy loads to remote places, and quite often some of the unfortunate issues that lighter-than-air delivery systems have experienced. Now a real aerospace giant is looking like well and truly entering the arena.

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Copenhagen Harbour Sees Tug Successfully Manoeuvre and Dock Itself

DENMARK – Rolls-Royce has been making some serious waves in the world of autonomous shipping having recently collaborated with global towage operator Svitzer, to successfully demonstrate the world's first remotely operated commercial vessel, in Copenhagen harbour, Denmark. Earlier this year, one of Svitzer's tugs, the 28 metre long Svitzer Hermod, safely conducted a number of remotely controlled manoeuvres. From the quay side in Copenhagen harbour the vessel's captain, stationed at the vessel's remote base at Svitzer headquarters, berthed the vessel alongside the quay, undocked, turned 360°, and piloted it to the Svitzer HQ, before docking again.

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Brexit Means Authorised Economic Status More Important Than Ever

UK – The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is encouraging all companies involved in the supply chain, including both shippers and freight forwarders, to become an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), in order to help them operate in Europe post-Brexit. AEO status is an internationally recognised quality mark indicating that an organisations customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant. In May 2017 only 568 companies in the UK held AEO status and CILT is championing AEO certification to aid its members to gain competitive advantage, recognition for professional competence and trouble free border crossings.

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Celebrity Guest Host Announced for Ceremony

UK – The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has added a culinary touch to its annual Freight Service Awards event as this year's competition opens for entries. BIFA's Director General, Robert Keen has revealed that the celebrity host for the awards ceremony in January 2018 will be entrepreneur and musician Levi Roots. Keen said:

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Polish Man Crashes Due to Blocked Highway

FRANCE – The news everyone has been dreading finally came true at 03.45 today when the Polish driver of a van was killed after it collided with three trucks that had been forced to stop on one of the Port's main approach roads, the A16, as a result of migrants blocking the road with tree trunks. The van subsequently caught fire and the driver died. 9 Eritrean migrants were found in the back of one of the trucks and arrested. Commenting, Road Haulage Association (RHA) chief executive Richard Burnett expressed the views of many saying:

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UPS and DHL Do Deals with Plane Makers

US – GERMANY – The start of the Paris Air Show means that all the major aircraft manufacturers are demonstrating their wares and looking to sign lucrative deals. New aircraft for passengers means that operators in the air freight sector are looking to snap up bargains by converting second hand but modern planes into freighters to service their logistics requirements.

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More Raids Expected as Weather Improves

WORLDWIDE – Security analysts and consultants group Control Risks has reported that 17 incidents of piracy and armed robbery attempts off the Horn of Africa by Somali pirate groups have been perpetrated so far this year. The group warns that they believe that this increase demonstrates the renewed intent of Somali pirates to target container, cargo and passenger ships operating in the region.

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Seven Dead and Three Wounded in Saturday's Incident

JAPAN – In the early hours of the morning of Saturday, 17 June the US Navy destroyer USS Fitgerald (DDG 62) and the APX Crystal, a 30,000 dwt container ship, were involved in a serious collision at the entrance to Tokyo Bay. The US Navy has now confirmed that seven of the crewman on the Fitzgerald died in the incident and three injured and the bodies of the deceased crew all recovered.

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Two Stand Out Events Promoting the Cause of Equality

UK – It would be no exaggeration, as anyone who has visited such venues with any regularity knows, that a trip to the average shipping dinner, awards or similar event, demonstrates how far behind the freight industry is when it comes to breaking the glass ceiling. Usually the number of men to women at such events is often in the order of ten to one. June 2017 however gives the opportunity to promote gender diversity with not one but two stand out events in the logistics calendar.

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DFDS Doubles Purchase of New and Cleaner Vessels

DENMARK – NORTHERN EUROPE – CHINA –Ferry operator DFDS has placed an order in China for a further two new energy efficient RoRo freight carrying ships, meaning the business will be operating four such large vessels to service freight customers across the North Sea by 2020.

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A Selection of Stories of Interest to Those in the Shipping Industry

UK – With Brexit negotiations about to enter full flow, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) aims to beef-up its training services by looking to appoint an additional trainer in Customs and Freight Procedures and has issued a statement calling on the British government to make a start on critical infrastructure projects. BIFA's Director General Robert Keen says customs procedures will be at the heart of the Brexit negotiations and BIFA is expecting an upsurge in inquiries on the subject as well as demand for training on the matter.

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Shipowners Club Sheds a Light for Uninitiated Ocean Freight Interests

UK – WORLDWIDE – To those on the perimeters of the ocean freight shipping community, and that can include anyone be they forwarding agents or shippers themselves, the world of insurance can often be a bit of a mystery, particularly when terms such as 'Mutual' and 'P&I' are bandied about with gay abandon by those in the know. Now the Shipowner's Club has published an infographic which clarifies exactly how vessel insurance works.

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Teamsters Continue to Bait XPO Boss

US – Once again the Teamsters Union has disrupted a public event featuring XPO Logistics billionaire boss, Bradley Jacobs. This week's 3PL & Supply Chain Summit in Chicago saw protestors demanding answers to their accusation's of mistreatment, pay disparity and the management and sustainability of the company. In February JOC Events' 17th Annual TPM Conference in Long Beach, California was disrupted by a similar protest. At that time the freight group stated that 99% of its workforce was non-unionised through choice. Ernie Soehl, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division said:

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Our Latest Update on Changes for Personnel in the Shipping Sector

UK – Sad news leads our weekly round-up of staff changes in the freight and logistics industry with the crew and staff of marine support company Svitzer saying goodbye to one of the company's longest serving members, tug master Ifor Jones, who passed away last month after a short illness. As seemed fitting, Jones' colleagues and friends gathered at the Port of Felixstowe to scatter his ashes from one of Svitzer's tug boats, for what is arguably the biggest send off for a single person the port has ever seen.

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Cargo Carriers Original Offences Date back to 2002

AUSTRALIA – Yet another cartel scandal in the world of air freight has been concluded after the High Court of Australia ruled in favour of a decision by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) which found that price fixing agreements entered into between Air New Zealand, PT Garuda Indonesia, and other international airlines, between 2002 and 2006, breached Australia's competition law. After being cleared of all charges in October 2014 it would seem this time there is little chance for the two air cargo carriers to escape penalties.

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DP World Expands Interests in Kazakhstan

DUBAI – KAZAKHSTAN – Two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU's) have been signed between global port group DP World and the Kazakhstan government for the development of a Port Community System (PCS) and to integrate customs processes with the aim of creating a multimodal transport corridor. PCS is an electronic platform developed by DP World subsidiary Dubai Trade, which enables the exchange of information between freight organisations involved in maritime, inland and airport processes. The aim is to improve ease of doing business in Kazakhstan's ports and free-zones through paperless transactions avoiding delays and duplication.

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Holiday Sparks Move to Aid Under Equipped Kids

UK – SENEGAL – Leicester based freight forwarding and logistics based CML has aided the parents of one of the company's employees by picking up the tab for a charitable work inspired by a holiday to West Africa. The parents of CML's Global Logistics Manager, Paul Bambrough-Smith, visited a village on a remote island in Senegal in January this year and noticed that even though the villagers were so welcoming, happy and healthy, they were very poor and many of the children wore clothes that didn't fit them properly.

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Maritime Keeps Growing to Serve MSC

UK – The relationship between ocean freight carrying giant Mediterranean Shipping Company UK (MSC) and Maritime Transport Limited, the country's largest privately owned container haulier, continue to flourish with the introduction of more vehicles this year to the road haulage operator's vehicle fleet. The two companies have worked together since 2014 and the additional trucks brings the total of dedicated contract vehicles, many in MSC livery, to forty five.

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European Supply Chain Initiative Teams up with Detection Specialist

EUROPE — New state of the art container scanning equipment is being developed for the CORE (Consistently Optimised REsilient Secure Global Supply-Chains) European Research Project by one of the world's leading experts in detecting illicit freight, from bombs and biohazards to radioactive material and narcotics. Smiths Detection is designing both hardware and software for the next generation of container scanners, which will speed-up throughput and improve detection. The aim is to verify as quickly and accurately as possible whether a container holds only its declared legal cargo and is not harbouring contraband, weapons, explosives, drugs, or toxic materials.

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Box Shippers Cut Speeds in the Name of Preservation

NORTH AMERICA –Two of the world's largest ocean freight companies have been recognised for their efforts to protect the one of the most endangered species on the planet. Collisions between the North Atlantic Right whales and large shipping vessels are one of the leading causes of death for these rare whales and hinder the recovery of their entire species of approximately only 500 individuals. As we have written at length before, as a protection measure mariners are required to travel at ten knots or less in designated Right whale habitat areas and their speed is monitored.

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Purchase Simplifies Cabotage for French Box Carrier

FRANCE – DENMARK – BRAZIL – French shipping group, CMA CGM has entered into a binding agreement with Danish container giant Maersk Line, to acquire Mercosul Line, a domestic ocean freight shipper for the Brazilian market. The acquisition of Mercosul Line would allow CMA CGM to strengthen its service offering to and from South America, most notably in Brazil, a market with a strong potential for development, especially on cabotage, feeder and 'door-to-door' services.

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Deutsche Post and Ford Collaborate to Push Concept Van Into Service

GERMANY — A subsidiary of Deutsche Post, StreetScooter GmbH, which we have written on often in the past, and the Ford Motor Company are entering a partnership for the manufacturing of battery-electric delivery vehicles. Using the chassis of the Ford Transit the new van will be equipped with a battery-electric drive train and fitted with a special body based on Deutsche Post and DHL Paket specifications. The start of production is scheduled for July 2017.

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All Hauliers Affected Can Join Court Case Against Major Makers Free of Charge

UK – EUROPE – The antitrust case against European truck makers which formed a cartel to keep prices high and collude on emissions technologies has reached the next stage with the UK's Road Haulage Association (RHA) going ahead with its plans to sue the accused companies in a private class action, something which could amount to a considerable sum after the manufacturers received fines from the European Commission (EC) amounting to several billion euros. All truck operators, whether RHA members or not, and in businesses unrelated to the carriage of road freight, which have purchased or leased new or second-hand trucks direct from manufacturers or dealers over a 14 year period from 1997 onwards are eligible to join the claim.

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Enhanced Safety Regulation and Decline in Piracy Saves Ships and Lives

WORLDWIDE — Large shipping losses have declined by 50% over the past decade, mostly driven by the development of a more robust safety environment by ship owners, according to a report from a specialist insurance group, the Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE's (AGCS) fifth annual Safety & Shipping Review 2017. There were 85 total shipping losses reported in 2016, down 16% compared with a year earlier (101). The number of shipping incidents causing casualties declined slightly year-on-year by 4% with 2,611 reported, according to the review, which analyses reported shipping losses over 100 gross tonnes. Captain Andrew Kinsey, Senior Marine Risk Consultant at AGCS said:

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Procedure Designed to Grow as More and Larger Unmanned Carriers Evolve

WORLDWIDE – Lloyd's Register (LR) has launched the LR Unmanned Marine Systems Code, a goal-based code that takes a structured approach to the assessment of unmanned marine systems (UMS) against a set of safety and operational performance requirements. With current and expected developments in autonomous and remote systems LR envisages that, within the near future, UMS will enter into widespread use through many sectors of the maritime industry. LR has been active in understanding how it can support the industry to demonstrate safe design and quality manufacture of critical aspects for unmanned systems.

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A Host of Solutions Required to Effect Last Mile Services Effectively

UK – WORLDWIDE – Regular readers will be aware of the rapidly changing face of urban logistics, the last mile challenge which faces all road haulage operators and courier services is a problem growing ever more complex as congestion in cities peaks during normal working hours, and globally a plethora of solutions, some extremely controversial, are being trialled by various local authorities and those in the business of delivering freight to the wider community. In January the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) commissioned a study 'Feeding London 2030' specifically aimed at bringing the subject to the fore and now Craig Ryder, a director of Go Supply Chain, a logistics management and advisory consultancy, has succinctly covered both the causes, and some potential solutions which, together with a degree of our own input, follows:

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Maersk Latest to Keep Customers Informed on Power Consumption

WORLDWIDE — Maersk Line, the world's largest container shipping company, is introducing an energy meter feature integrated into all of the company's new Star Cool refrigerated containers. The feature will allow their customers to log energy consumption in real time. The data can be monitored either via a modem or manually, at any time during the voyage, from when the Star Cool reefer is first turned on until it reaches its final destination.

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Continued Dispute between Gulf States Looks Set to Last

QATAR – Following the decision earlier this month by Arab countries to cut ties with the state of Qatar, several shipping lines around the world have decided to suspend ocean freight movements to the Gulf state. With region's ports effectively off limits to cargo from or destined for Qatar, the small energy-rich peninsular state has begun shipping cargo through Oman to bypass the Gulf countries, with the world's largest container line already announcing the details of its own service to the Gulf country.

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32 Million Dollar Punishment Handed Out

MEXICO – The Mexican antitrust commission COFECE, has fined 7 international shipping lines a total of nearly 582 million pesos (approximately $32 million) following allegations that the shippers violated the country's competition laws by colluding to segment the market of ocean shipping services for RoRo cargo. The carriers involved have all seen heavy fines previously levied against them for a variety of anti-competitive practices worldwide, with each collecting several million dollars in fines as they go.

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FTA and UKWA Want to be Included in Brexit Talks

UK – With uncertainty still pervading the British political establishment after last week's election results and the continued speculation about who exactly is going to be in charge in the coming weeks, in not days, the associations that represents Britain's freight and logistics industry have issued statements on their thinking on the direction the country should take so as best to protect their members and the economy as a whole.

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Your Chance to Look at a Global Supply Chain Snapshot

US – Crowley Fuels has formally announced a new trucking fleet maintenance facility that the company recently constructed in Palmer, Alaska. The larger, more modern facility is now the operations hub for Crowley's state wide fuel sales and distribution business and will provide the maintenance and support of both local and line haul equipment - including around 20 trucks, 27 line haul power units and 50 tank trailers. Laura Yellig, vice president, said:

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China to Supply Giant Quayside Equipment

US – CHINA – Both the Northwest Seaport Alliance and Port Everglades have announced multi-million dollar crane orders from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC), capable of serving the ultra-large container carriers plying the waters around the US. The Northwest Seaport Alliance, a marine cargo operating partnership of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, has approved a $ 52 million purchase of four more container cranes to join four others already on order for Husky Terminal in the South Harbour.

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Over 150 Vessels Added to Group Portfolio

SPAIN – DUBAI – With its latest acquisition the DP World group continues its expansion after fully owned subsidiary P&O Maritime announced today it has acquired Spanish maritime services provider Reyser (Remolques y Servicios Maritimos, S.L.). The purchase sees DP gain long term agreements in 10 ports in Spain and contracts with 2 international Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals at Saint John, New Brunswick in Canada and Point Fortin in Trinidad and Tobago. Services provided include harbour towage, mooring, bunkering, diving and environmental support.

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Customers Can Get Constant Updates on their Shipping

WORLDWIDE – DHL Global Forwarding has launched Ocean View, a new online platform that allows shippers to track their ocean freight shipments with the intention of improving their end-to-end supply chain planning. DHL claims that Ocean View consolidates information from the company's Transportation Management System, the ocean carrier and the vessel itself for near real-time visibility of the ocean transport. It also provides a forecast on future milestones as well as a notification feature in case of route changes or delays. The system does not need any devices to be installed on the container, which DHL says makes it a very simple solution to implement. Andreas Boedeker, Global Head of Ocean Freight at DHL Global Forwarding, said:

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Item Just Part of a Broad Spectrum of Seminars that are Free to Attend

UK – After Islamic terrorists launched multiple attacks across Europe using vehicles as weapons some of the UK's largest HGV fleet operators are to meet this month for a briefing about preventing vehicles being used as weapons. Scott Gibbons and Matt Burgess from the National Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters (NCTPHQ) will address HGV trainers and transport managers from across the UK and give the latest advice in a session 'Crowded places - protect and prepare'. The briefing is being given as part of the Talent in Logistics Conference to be held on 22nd June in Telford, West Midlands.

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Patchwork Solutions Will Not Resolve Global Problems

EUROPE – CHINA – Following the decision of the United States to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) have encouraged the European Union and China to intensify cooperation in achieving a global climate deal for shipping. Indications of such cooperation materialised during the 19th EU-China Summit held in Brussels last week, where EU and Chinese leaders reaffirmed their commitment to implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change. ECSA Secretary General Patrick Verhoeven commented:

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American Shippers Need to Understand the Logistics Vagaries of Their Own Markets

US – WORLDWIDE – As a website published in the UK but read internationally by hundreds of thousands of people, it is good for us to keep one eye on the world of shifting freight from the point of view of transport companies in other countries. Outsiders might consider that logistics, being the ultimate truly international industry, would mean that there would be common practice throughout the sector wherever one was based. This however is to ignore the fundamental differences in regulations with regards to terms and conditions, customs clearance laws and all the assorted vagaries which different states and cultures engender, problems simplified by using a reliable and experience freight forwarding agent.

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Analysis of Which Party Offers Most to Freight Carriers

UK – Never backward in coming forward FairFuelUK says it has been the only Motorists Campaign Group to ask all the General Election Candidates where they stand on issues that affect UK's 37 million drivers, including all those most affected, the road haulage operators which deliver freight to the entire country every day of the year. FairFuelUK has called on all Parties to be more honest about their post-election plans for fuel tax, emissions and the future of diesel powered trucks and cars.

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AMI Makes Tour Run Without a Hitch

CANADA – EUROPE – Air freight and express wholesaler AMI has proven itself capable of handling cargo in multiple fields when it took on the job of supporting the Canadian National Ladies Football Team, which undertook recent mini-tours of Europe and Scandinavia. The 5 week, two-part programme began with arranging temporary Customs clearance and collection of more than 40 bags and pieces of sports and training equipment upon the goods arrival in Amsterdam from Vancouver.

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Much Better Still to Come According to Plans

FRANCE – French Container shipping line CMA CGM seems to be on track to achieve its target of cutting carbon emissions by 30% between 2015 and 2025, with the group already reporting a 4% reduction in CO2 emissions per container transported in 2016. The group's commitment to fight global warming by improving the performance of its ships has previously seen CMA CGM better the performance of its fleet by 50% in the 10 years between 2005 and 2015.

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Vessel Owners Need to Upgrade Systems or Face Stiff Penalties

AUSTRALIA – The Australian government has decided to ratify the International Ballast Water Convention in a worthwhile attempt to protect the countrys marine environment, Great Barrier Reef, and A$2.8 billion fisheries and aquaculture industries from invasive species. The convention, an important global initiative involving over fifty countries aimed at protecting marine industries and environments, will introduce internationally consistent rules for the use of ships ballast water which apply to voyages between domestic ports.

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Felixstowe Takes Record from Southampton

UK – The growth in the new generation of container ocean freight carriers that are just entering service means that of late there have been a host of record size vessels calling into British ports. Now the largest container ship to call in North Europe so far has made its maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe. The 20,568 TEU Madrid Maersk, operated on the NEU2 Asia to Europe service from the 2M shipping alliance between Maersk and MSC, has arrived at the port, with over 6,000 TEU for the UK loaded in China and Malaysia.

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AAL Shipping Provide Heavy Freight Services for Huge Plant

SINGAPORE – EGYPT – Singapore based breakbulk, project cargo, and heavy-lift carrier, AAL Shipping has completed an intense nine-month project shipment for LPL Projects + Logistics, to transport 194,561 freight tonnes of heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) modules along with architectural steel and other components from Ulsan, South Korea, and Penglai, China, to the Egyptian ports of Sokhna and Adabiyah. The cargo is destined for the Egypts largest-ever power generation project, the Siemens Megaproject.

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New Technology Company Pushing Hard for Acceptance of Concept

EUROPE – Following on from their recent identifying of key proposed routes within the US that they believe could substantially improve the transportation systems in the country, representatives from Hyperloop One joined European dignitaries and policymakers at the Vision for Europe summit to discuss transforming transportation across the continent with their proposed system.

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DX and Menzies Distribution Tie Up as Gatemore Agrees One Third Cut in Price

UK – The wrangling over the future of John Menzies Distribution appears to have reached a settlement with investor Gatemore Capital agreeing to new terms with the DX Group enabling a reverse merger between the parcel delivery and logistics companies following a one third discount from 60 to 40 million pounds, which is the figure DX will need to pay, and with a revised share percentage of the new organisation. Gatemore owns 21.3% of DX whose shareholders in turn will now hold 35% of the enlarged group as against just 20% as originally proposed. Liad Meidar, CIO and Managing Partner at Gatemore Capital Management, said:

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Tough New Punishment Measures as Rift Ensues Amongst Arab Countries

MIDDLE EAST – In a move that could devastate trade and stop vital imports into the country, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and the UAE have announced that in response to actions taken by the state of Qatar in 'supporting terrorist activities and groups' they are to withdraw diplomatic staff and cut all air, land and sea communications to the tiny peninsular state. Qatar has responded by stating the action is 'unjustified'. The move is likely to have severe consequences for the country's supply chain, affecting as it does air freight, and road and sea borne cargo.

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Korean Yards Build Over Half the World's Merchant Vessels

SOUTH KOREA – Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group has reported a 400% increase in ship orders for the year so far as, despite existing clouds over the sector, not least the latest news concerning the German group Rickmers, there has seemingly been an upturn in trade. Between January and May, HHI and its two affiliates, Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) have won 62 shipbuilding contracts worth $3.8 billion, a 416% jump compared to the same period last year when the group clinched 12 ships worth $1 billion.

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After Almost Two Centuries End Looms for German Group

GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – Moving on from our story in April following the demise of the Rickmers organisation, a name associated with shipping since 1834, comes the news that, after a refusal from the group's bankers to accept financial restructuring proposals, the operation is to be forced into receivership. The decision by HSH Nordbank to deny the logistics outfit the opportunity to re-finance, a deal which would have seen over three quarters of the shares transferred from fifth generation family owner Bernard Rickmers to the financiers, apparently came as a shock to the company.

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Who Has Gone Where in the Logistics Sector

WORLDWIDE – Hans Gunther Kersten has been named Deputy Director General of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA), effective immediately, and is set to succeed Marco Sorgetti, FIATA's Director General and Chief Executive Officer following his retirement in September. Kersten started his career as an associate at Oppenhoff & Radler (later merged with Linklaters). For the last 18 years, he has worked for Deutsche Bahn in various senior management positions, four and a half years of which seconded to the international railway association UIC where he held the position of Director of Freight.

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Items You May Have Missed

CHILE – This week's review of some of freight and logistics lesser read items from around the world starts with the welcome news that the strike by the National Association of Customs Officers of Chile (ANFACH) concluded its strike on Monday 29 May. All Chilean ports, airports and borders in the country have now returned to normal operations after an agreement was reached with the government. The five day strike has caused some initial delays in customs clearance including at the Port of Valparaiso, San Antonio and Santiago International airport all of which are now being cleared.

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Events Offer a Chance to Network and Celebrate Gender Opportunities

UK – It's time again for the annual Women in Logistics (WiL) Award nominations to be announced and the original long list of contenders, built as individuals nominated themselves and their peers, has been whittled down to a shortlist of 12 individuals and two companies as the prize-giving ceremony, to be held on June 15 at the WiL Charity Ball & Awards in Milton Keynes, draws near and the anticipation intensifies.

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John Good Continues Its Established Succession Plan

UK – WORLDWIDE – Whilst our weekly appointments and departures item covers staff movements within the industry, when a major change happens in one of the world's oldest, independently owned shipping and logistics groups it's always worth some special attention. The news that the John Good Group has appointed a Deputy Chairman as the next step in a long-term succession plan which can be dated back to 1833, demonstrates a route to stability so often lacking in modern day organisations. Going against the corporate trend to this day the group still remains privately owned by the fifth and sixth generations of the Good family.

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Transport Group Retains New York Emergency Response Contract

US – XPO Logistics has announced that New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) has renewed the contract for the company to act as manager for the Logistics Shelter Support and Commodity Distribution programmes. The new contract expands XPO's services beyond the primary sheltering operation to include mass feeding and various other logistics needs of the Emergency Operation Center task force in a city which can be blighted by natural causes, such as intense spells of bitingly cold weather, to man-made havoc such as was seen during 9/11.

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New Think Tank Report Addresses Free Delivery Myth and Other Issues of Increasing Congestion in Cities

UK – In the past few days we have published two articles with conflicting views on the future of employment in the British road haulage sector. Whilst the International Transport Forum (ITF) article reflects the interests of those employed as drivers within the sector in its study, and is concerned with the employment prospects for those entering the transport industry, the Road Haulage Association piece highlights the desperate shortage of driving staff at the current time. The ITF report considers the onset of autonomous trucks as something which will devastate the numbers employed, a point of view which many in the industry consider more than a little naive.

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Shipping Line Invests in Facility Intended to be Largest in Middle East

SAUDI ARABIA – The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), state-owned oil group Saudi Aramco, UAE energy firm Lamprell, and South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) have entered into a joint venture with the intention of building and operating a world-class maritime yard within the King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries and Services, located in Ras Al-Khair Industrial City, on the Arabian Gulf coast, in northeast Saudi Arabia.

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Environmental Ocean Freight Matters Top Agenda at Shipping Trade Fair

NORWAY – WORLDWIDE – The Nor-Shipping trade fair in Oslo today has given vessel classification and shipping expert advisory group DNV GL the opportunity to release news of the company's latest, mostly environmentally linked, projects and, as is the current trend, everything is about advancing the cause of leaner, greener ocean transport. The exhibition this week is right on the Norwegian headquartered group's doorstep and it has been working with partners from around the globe on several exciting and innovative schemes affecting container ships, general cargo vessels and impacting on everything from emissions to fuel consumption.

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LGV and HGV Driver Shortage Could Be Resolved by Trailblazer Apprenticeships Says RHA

UK – One of the hot topics at the recent Road Haulage Association (RHA) Luncheon in London was the subject of how to fill the thousands of vacancies which exist for LGV and HGV drivers. It is a puzzle to many in the industry as to why, at a time when much of the media is concerned with the lack of opportunities for youngsters upon finishing their education, the logistics sector seems to be an invisible presence, despite forming the biggest industry in the world. A change of image is required right across the field to bring more new talent into the world of transport.

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