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July 2011

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New Environmental Protection Controls from Next Week

ANTARCTICA -US – CARIBBEAN – BALTIC - A new MARPOL regulation aimed at protecting the vulnerable Antarctic regions from pollution by shipping will come into force from 1st August. The legislation prohibits both the carriage in bulk as cargo and the carriage and use as fuel, of heavy grade crude oils* which effectively means that both freight and passenger vessels will need to switch to a different fuel type when transiting the Antarctic area, defined as “the sea area south of latitude 60°S”.

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New Contract for Hospital Nutrition.

NETHERLANDS – DSV Solutions in the Netherlands has won a five year contract to operate a global distribution hub for Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition (NAMN), a division of Danone. The new 30,000 sq metre Nutricia-dedicated medical warehousing facility will replace the current country-based warehouses and will create around 100 new jobs at DSV, directly next to its existing location at Venlo Tradeport North.

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Good Results for Dutch Hub

NETHERLANDS - Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has continued to show healthy cargo growth throughout the first six months of 2011. Overall cargo tonnage handled through the airport was 753,073 tonnes - up 5.2% compared to the same period of 2010.

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Acquires German Company to Reinforce Position

AUSTRALIA / GERMANY – Toll Group, Australia’s biggest logistics company, has expanded its European freight forwarding operation by acquiring Hamburg-based Andree & Wilkerling (AWG). The German company specialises in ocean freight forwarding services for the retail and consumer goods, chemicals and steel material sectors.

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Technology Can Cut Emissions and Save Fuel

UK – Across the developed world ‘Vehicle Telematics’ has been a buzzword over the past couple of years amongst some in the freight haulage sector and what was once viewed as another expensive and pretentious add on by many is now being taken very seriously by all those involved with controlling that part of the supply chain concerned with fleet distribution and control.

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Cargo Levels Fall Off Due To Disasters and Economic Downturn

WORLDWIDE - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has published its findings on air freight traffic for June based on results gleaned from the organizations 230 members. Year on year air cargo fell globally by around 3% for the month meaning freight volumes have not grown since July-August 2010. May 2010 was the post-recession re-stocking peak, compared to which the June 2011 international freight market was 6% smaller. While world trade is expanding at 7% a year, the benefit is being realized more by modes of transport other than air according to IATA.

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First Black Female Open Licence Marine Pilots Take to African Waters

SOUTH AFRICA – A natural progression following the lifting of apartheid was bound to be the integration of more black staff into hitherto proscribed positions and a side effect was the emancipation of women in certain sectors of trade and industry, including the country’s port activities. The sight of a black woman marine pilot arriving to guide his bulk tanker or container ship full of valuable freight is however apparently still a shock to many a captain as he arrives at the port of Durban.

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Crew Missing at Sea

KOREA - News that a Boeing 747 freighter operated by Asiana Airlines has crashed in the sea off Jeju Island has raised concerns yet again about the safety of transporting lithium batteries by air freight. The Asiana aircraft was on a regular cargo run between Incheon and Pudong, China when it reported control problems and contact was lost. Rescue vessels in the area report finding aircraft debris and a fuel slick. Both crew members are missing at this time.

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Garuda Staff Return to Work After Indonesian Airline Backs Down

INDONESIA – It has been a year of mixed fortunes for Garuda, the national air carrier which was informed in April this year that all charges concerning air freight cargo cartel activity had been dropped by authorities in New Zealand despite continuing prosecutions proceeding against a dozen other carriers for collusion over fuel surcharges.

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Figures Posted Show Large Increase in Revenue

FRANCE / CHINA – French logistics operator Norbert Dentressangle (ND) has announced that they are to acquire freight forwarder APC Beijing International. APC, which operates sixteen offices throughout China, last year turned over £44 million ($72 million) and is expected to be consolidated into the ND Group by the final quarter of this year.

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BIFA Supports UKBA and SOCA Campaign

UK – The British International Freight Association is calling on members of the UK’s road haulage to pay close attention to a campaign being launched this summer by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) – “Keep it locked!"

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New Appointments Made

GERMANY / SCANDANAVIA – GAC Logistics has expanded its European shipping marketing team with the appointment of Niko Steindamm. As Marketing Manager – Shipping and based in Bremen, Germany, Steindamm will promote GAC's global shipping and related services to the maritime and commodity/trading communities in Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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ACMI Agreement Signed

AMERICA / SAUDI ARABIA – Freight airline Southern Air has signed a deal with Saudi Airlines Cargo to operate one of their Boeing 747 freighter on behalf of the Middle Eastern airline. The ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) deal will see the aircraft painted in Saudi’s livery and commence this month.

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Dartford and I-95 - A Tale of Two Toll Booths

UK / USA – Although Newark and Dartford are thousands of miles apart they share one common factor which has for many motorists over the years caused them to curse – the presence of a major toll collection point that has cost them considerable time caught in congestion waiting to clear the charging booths. Yesterday this similarity was causing newspaper ink to flow, though for different reasons.

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MOL Continue Their Mission to Clean Up the Seas

JAPAN – WORLDWIDE – It was only earlier this month that we reported yet another initiative by Mitsui OSK (MOL), one of the world’s largest multi-modal transport companies best known for their ocean freight container vessels, who are planning to use vessel generated electricity on their next generation of car carriers in a bid to reduce harmful emissions. Now, the group have issued details of a less glamorous, but no less important technical advance which it has introduced to the latest additions to its fleet.

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Redundant Back Ups for Unstable Loads

USA – Refrigerated shipping container (reefer) builders Klinge Corp has unveiled their latest solution to the problem of shipping hazardous materials that require cooling with a new reefer container that features redundant cooling and power systems to ensure these freight loads do not become unstable due to electrical failure.

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'ShipRight FDA ICE' Standard to Help Manage Risks

ARCTIC – In response to anticipated demand for ships for use in the Arctic region in the near future, Lloyd's Register has given ship owners and shipping lines a new tool to help assess designs and reduce the risk of fatigue damage in the hull structures of ice-strengthened vessels.

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Industry Professional Appointments Around the Globe

SPAIN - At the end of last month supply chain management company CEVA Logistics announced the appointment of Miguel Salas as Freight Management Project Cargo Manager in Iberia. This newly-created position centralizes the management of special and large cargo projects that present unique challenges, such as being over size or over standard weight. In this role, Miguel will focus particularly on the civil engineering and energy sectors, which have an increasing requirement for the movement of large and complex machinery. Miguel will be in charge of controlling logistics for wind farms, desalination and water treatment plants, bio-fuel or bio-mass, as well as other energy sources.

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An-124 Continues To Do the Jobs Others Cannot

GERMANY / AUSTRALIA – Heavy airlift specialists Ruslan International and Volga Dnepr have just conducted another unique equipment lift with the successful transportation of a 6.74 metre diameter bearing ring between Dusseldorf, Germany and Port Hedland in Western Australia.

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New Offering For East Coast Clients

SINGAPORE / INDONESIA / CANADA / USA – Hapag-Lloyd have announced the start of two new freight shipping services - a new weekly Singapore - Indonesia Service (SIS) connecting Singapore and Indonesia and a new feeder service connecting Halifax with Portland, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts.

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Virtualized Logistics Warns Companies to Talk Better

UK - Companies are accruing unnecessarily high costs within their supply chains because different departments do not communicate across functions, says Tony Leach, Solutions Director at Virtualized Logistics, a new consultancy set up by logistics specialists SBS Worldwide.

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Group Returns to Profit

UK – Cross channel rail operator Euro Tunnel has reported a return to profitability in its first half of year trading with much of this attributed to what the company describes as a “spectacular” increase in tonnage carried on rail freight trains travelling through the Channel Tunnel.

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Calls for Operators to Add Their Voices

UK – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has expressed concerns over European Commission proposals to limit the height of UK trailers. According to the trade body many of its members, particularly those in the parcel, retail and bakery transport sectors, would be negatively impacted by the proposals and the FTA is asking operators for evidence to support its call to protect the current systems which gives UK operators the right to operate trailers above four metres.

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Truck Safety Improves Dramatically According to Study

AUSTRALIA - The fatal crash rate for articulated freight trucks like semitrailers has improved more than 60 per cent since 1982, the Australia Trucking Association (ATA) Chairman David Simon said today at the release of a major new report on heavy vehicle road safety from the Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) at the University of Adelaide.

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Massive Aid Project Success

USA / PAKISTAN - Move One Logistics has completed the latest in a series of high-value logistics projects that are part of a program of cooperation between the US and Pakistani Governments designed to develop Pakistan’s energy, agriculture, education and health sectors to help meet the country’s immediate and long-term development goals.

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Jungheinrich Built Model Now Available in Attempt to Cut Emissions

UK – Tesco, which currently operates a large fleet of Jungheinrich powered pallet trucks in the UK and an extensive fleet of that company’s materials handling equipment throughout its global distribution operations, has purchased the first lithium-ion powered forklift to be commercially available in the world, the Jungheinrich EJE112i powered pallet truck.

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Continued Growth for Containers by Rail

UK – According to the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) and the Rail Freight Group (RFG) the growth of the intermodal rail freight market remained on target last year, reporting a strong 3% year-on-year growth through 2010/11, with total volumes moved at some 5.68bn net tonne km (NTKM). This is the eighth consecutive year of growth and confirms containerised freight as the biggest commodity on rail. Construction materials also saw strong growth, up some 14.5% in the year, demonstrating a firm recovery from the recessionary impacts in previous years.

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Foreign Office Minister Issues Statement

UK / YEMEN – The British shipping surveyor murdered in Aden by a car bomb yesterday has been identified as Plymouth Resident David Mockett.

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Smartphone App Might Provide Safer Navigation System

US – CANADA – MEXICO – Truckers hauling freight are particularly vulnerable to faults inherent in the reliance on GPS, witness the number of big rigs pictured stuck in tiny country roads, but another primary criticism of in cab navigation aids is the necessity for the truck driver to have his or her eyes stray from the road to study the ongoing route. Now a system which has been trialled in Europe has become available throughout North America, and probably represents another major step in reducing the risk factor.

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Changes to Consortium

AFRICA – Shipping Line Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has announced an upgrade and new service consortium for their South Africa and West Africa Express Service (SWAX). The SWAX service will now be a fixed day weekly service including new additional freight shipping services for Xiamen (China) and Port Kelang (Malaysia) with new partners China Shipping Container Lines, Hapag-Lloyd, and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha.

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Genco Buy Another Handysize Ship

WORLDWIDE – With the Baltic Dry Index bumbling along at the 1300 to 1450 mark over the past month comes the news that dry bulk freight carrier Genco Shipping & Trading Limited continue its acquisition policy and is taking delivery of the Genco Mare, a 35,000 dwt Handysize new build. The Genco Mare is the fourth of five vessels to be delivered to the Company under Genco's agreement previously announced on the 9th June last year to acquire five Handysize freight vessels from companies within the Metrostar group of companies.

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Looks to Acquire Dutch Specialist

NETHERLANDS - Kuehne + Nagel announced today that it has entered into an agreement to take over Amsterdam-based J. van de Put Fresh Cargo Handling. The acquisition of the Dutch handling agent for perishable goods will enable Kuehne + Nagel to further enhance its global “fresh-to-door concept”.

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New Contracts and Awards for Handler and GSA

FRANKFURT / UAE – Russian freight airline AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has extended its agreement with Fraport Cargo Services (FCS) for cargo handling at Frankfurt/Main Airport until 2016. ABC has also increased the length of its ground handling operations contract with Fraport Ground Services to 2016.

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British Shipping Worker Killed in Aden

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
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Car Bomb May Have Been Targeted Assassination

YEMEN – A British man who reportedly works for the Arab Company for Inspection and Marine Consulting has been killed by a car bomb in Aden, the Yemeni capital.

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Four Decades since Last Shipment

SRI LANKA – SG Logistics, part of the Expolanka Group, has recently run its first shipping containers along the Colombo to Trincomalee railway, the first such run on the route in forty years. The operation opens up the possibility of fully re-establishing intermodal operations in the near future as the country, so recently subject to decades of civil strife, seeks to rebuild itself.

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FedEx Expands Sea Freight Options

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
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Express Carriers Increase Service Portfolio

USA – Though more famous for their express services FedEx has recently expanded on their sea freight shipping services. FedEx Trade Networks, the ocean and air freight forwarding arm of the corporation, is now offering three ocean freight shipping services for its customers which run between the USA and locations around the world.

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IMO Environmental Session Covers Wide Range of Problems

UK – WORLDWIDE – Regular readers will know that we expressed a note of concern in our article of the 9th July regarding the considerable amount of work being undertaken by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) at their 62nd session held in London last week. The committee, which represents the UN in matters pertaining to the pollution of every type produced by the world’s shipping, had what by any standards would be considered a full agenda.

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Maersk Operates More MSC Vessels

USA – Maersk Line has been awarded a $126 million contract to operate five ro-ro and container vessels on behalf of the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) and a logistics program for the Marine Corps. Under the contract Maersk will operate a number of Bobo class vessels which will be crewed by civilian crews and deployed worldwide to provide instant stand by support for U.S. forces deployed rapidly to counter emergency’s.

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Lunatic Line to be Reborn

KENYA – Following on from our earlier article concerning the redevelopment of Lome Port, Togo, comes news that the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $40 million (£24.85 million) loan to finance the Rift Valley Railways (RVR) which is the first step to revitalising the Mombasa (Kenya) to Kampala (Uganda) railway line.

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Lome Port to Get Redeveloped

TOGO - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a £52 million ($84 million) loan for the construction of a new container terminal at the Lome Port in Togo. The project involves the construction, development and operation of a new container handling terminal which will have an annual handling capacity of 1.5 million TEU (20-feet equivalent container units). A Togolese company, Lomé Container Terminal S.A, will execute the project.

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Oneworld Alliance Receives Notice They Are Viewed as One Employer

WORLDWIDE – Air freight and passenger services have seen major disruptions to services in the past few years caused by bad feelings between the management and staff over terms and conditions of employment and such perks as free or reduced rates when travelling. The situation has been exacerbated of late where carriers have joined to form alliances with differing employment conditions applicable to their individual employees, despite similar routes and services.

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Environmentally State of the Art Facility to be Ready for Use in mid 2012

UK - Schenker Limited, the UK freight division of the DB Schenker logistics group, has signed the largest pre-let new building deal at a London Heathrow facility for five years. The deal will see the company have build-to-suit office and warehouse premises of 9,900 sq m on a site adjacent to its current premises.

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Ray LaHood Attends Ceremony

USA – On Friday U.S. Secretary of Transport Ray LaHood joined Senator Bill Nelson and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez in a ceremony to break ground on a new intermodal rail link for the Port of Miami (POM). The $49 million project is being supported by the Department of Transport’s (DOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants program.

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New Offices to Cope with Demand

UK – Freight forwarders and specialist supplier Santeramo Trading Ltd have moved to new facilities in London to accommodate new staff required to help deal with demand for an innovative shipping container liner for which the company is the exclusive European distributor.

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First Permanent Representative for Island States

The Union of Comoros Islands, located off the coast of Africa, has this week appointed Sarosh Zaiwalla as their Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The IMO is the only United Nations’ body based in the UK, and is a specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.

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Shift in Line With New Policy

CHINA – Damco, the logistics subsidiary of shipping giant Maersk, has won the tender from supermarket Marks & Spencers to operate the retailer’s logistics hub in China. An iconic name in the UK, M&S has been expanding its presence in China in recognition of the increased demand for high quality consumer goods and foodstuffs in the country, with around five million items a year from vendors all over South East Asia now passing through the facility.

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Central Asian Expansion for French Operator

KAZAKHSTAN – French freight and logistics group GEFCO has announced the opening of a new subsidiary company in Kazakhstan. The new company is based in Kazakhstan’s capital Almaty and will reinforce GEFCO’s presence in Central Asia, an area that the company says is increasingly important to it’s customers due to an “increase in international logistic flows.”

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Major Part of IMO Marine Environment Protection Plans Implemented

UK – WORLDWIDE – As reported in our earlier piece, the 62nd session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), had a very full agenda to debate this past week and details have now been released regarding new mandatory requirements incumbent on ship designers and builders aimed at the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG’s) from international shipping. All types of vessel whether general freight or container carriers, bulk tankers or passenger liners are affected if they exceed 400 gross tonnes.

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Also Want Captives Released

SOUTH KOREA / SOMALIA – Following on from our report earlier today concerning the rise in attacks this year by Somali pirates comes the news that a group holding four South Korean sailors aboard the hijacked tanker MV Gemini are demanding compensation from the South Korean government for the deaths of eight pirates who were killed by South Korean soldiers of the elite Cheonghae Unit when they liberated the MV Samho Jewelry earlier this year. The gang has also demanded the release of other pirates currently being held in South Korean jails.

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Thwarting Attacks Leads to Heavier Firepower

WORLDWIDE – The latest report from the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (IMBPRC) reports that not only have attacks by pirates on shipping increased in the first six months of this year in comparison to the same period 2010 – 266 to 196 - but that pirates are using much more aggressive methods and heavier weaponry.

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Now Live Traffic Information Available In Thirteen More Countries From This Week

EUROPE – ISRAEL - On Wednesday Google revealed that it had expanded its live traffic information service to twelve more European countries plus Israel in time for the summer holiday rush. The service may be found very useful if you are in a truck hauling freight, particularly in unfamiliar territory.

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Bunker Levy Dismissed as Avoidance of the Real Pollution Issues

UK – WORLDWIDE – Four times a year the British Shippers Council (BSC) meets to discuss current matters of import to the country’s freight community and top of the agenda at this weeks gathering was the inevitable discussion revolving around preservation of the environment and the best way to improve the ocean shipping industry’s carbon emissions.

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MOL Continue to Lead the Way in Emission Initiatives

JAPAN – The country's engineering and shipping interests continue to forge ahead in an effort to reduce the pollution traditionally associated with container and bulk freight vessels and, as we have previously reported, the name of Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) is often at the forefront of efforts to clean up international logistics.

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Davies Turner says UK Shippers are Missing Trick in Failing to Gain AEO Status

UK - Three years after becoming one of the first multimodal forwarders in Europe to gain AEO accreditation, Davis Turner, one of Britain’s leading independent international freight and logistics group has issued a rallying cry for more UK companies to follow suit.

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Cleaner and Greener Option for US Trucks

NORTH AMERICA - Volvo Trucks says it is expanding its commitment to environmental care and energy security through the introduction of a natural gas-powered Volvo VNM daycab. The natural gas option is ideal for port drayage, pickup and delivery applications, grocery and beverage haulers, or any private fleet concerned about CO2 emissions.

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Century Logistics Wins UKWA Awards

Thursday, July 14, 2011
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Best Warehouse Manager and Employee Success

UK - Recognised for their strength in developing innovative solutions for customers, Century Logistics has won two industry awards for key staff during the annual UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) awards held in London on last week.

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Enough Legislation says ATA

USA – The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has called on the American Congress and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the Department for Homeland Security (DHS) to not continue to impose what it describes as “excessive, burdensome and duplicative security rules”, but rather to work with the road freight industry more closely to prevent terrorist attacks.

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CSX Increase Investment on Rolling Stock

USA – According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ (BTS) Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry declined 1.8 percent in May from April, falling for the second consecutive month.

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(And Not Likely There Ever Will Be)

WORLDWIDE – One of the oft repeated conversations when visiting any overseas state is the condition of the roads and, in particular, the standard of driving, something that affects the international freight haulage community more than most. In the UK the fact that the country has left hand driving status means repercussions for every truck coming into Britain where the driver will face a new set of problems whilst trying to control trailers up to 13.6 metres and road trains considerably longer.

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Strengthens Support for Asia Customers with Advanced New Facility

SINGAPORE - Menlo Worldwide Logistics, the global logistics subsidiary of American freight operator Con-way, is expanding its presence in Singapore. At a ceremony held on the 4th of July the first ground was broken on a new, 400,000-square-foot warehousing and retail distribution management centre.

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Move to Exploit Emerging Markets

INDIA / MIDDLE EAST / SOUTH AMERICA - Safmarine Container Lines will be introducing a direct, weekly service between the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East and the East Coast of South America. The new ‘Rumba/Prime 4’ service is the combination of a new Prime string with their existing L Class service which runs from East Coast South America to the West Mediterranean and will complement their existing Prime and Latin American services. The service is to be operated together with Maersk Line.

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Offers Range of Subsidiary Services to Customers

CHINA / BALTIC – Agility Logistics has introduced a new air freighter service between Shanghai to Kaunas in Lithuania. With few freight options that cover this routing, the new service delivers stable and faster access, helping customers move goods from China into the rapidly growing markets of Northern Europe, Russia and the Baltic and Nordic states.

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Make a Difference with a Sponsored Event

UK – International charity Transaid is calling on daring members of the international freight and logistics community to undertake challenges to raise funds for their work in the developing world and to raise awareness of their life saving transportation projects.

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Demand in Region Increasing

COLOGNE, GERMANY – Cargo Airline Southern Air announced yesterday that it has opened a new office in Cologne, Germany to serve the German and Western Europe air freight sectors. The office will be led by Oliver Gritz, who joined Southern Air in April as Managing Director, Europe.

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Survilliers to Expand Offerings

France – Freight and specialist logistics provider GEFCO has announced that they plan to expand on their operation in the northern French town of Survilliers to meet increased demand for groupage and handling services for industrial parts.

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Mubarak Port Project Causes Friction

MIDDLE EAST – The Iraqi Transportation Minister Hadi al-Amari has today called on the Kuwaiti government to halt work on the Mubarak Al-Kabeer port project and stated that the continued work on the project “demonstrates the clear intention of Kuwait to block shipping lanes from Iraqi ports”.

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Winner to be Announced in October

WORLDWIDE - Four regional finalists representing the future of the freight forwarding industry are preparing to travel to Cairo, Egypt for the FIATA World Congress from 16 to 21 October 2011. The four, from the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Hong Kong and Ireland, will each be hoping for selection as the overall Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year 2011 and a prize that include hands-on training experience at one of TT Club's regional centres in London, Hong Kong or New Jersey.

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iPhone and Android Compatible

EUROPE - DHL Freight is now offering its customers an upgraded and uniform way to track shipments across Europe. Their new Active Tracing system makes it easier for the company’s clients to check the whereabouts of their road freight shipments and customers can now receive up to thirty status information events from across the entire transportation chain, from pick-up to delivery. The new tracking service has compatibility with iPhones and Android smartphones with Apps designed especially for small and medium-sized businesses, allowing customers to access their shipments information anywhere and anytime.

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Value-Added Logistics Services at Huntsville Hub

ALABAMA - USA – Swiss-based logistics operator Panalpina is expanding its logistics offerings to US customers by commissioning their new Huntsville Logistics Center (HLC), which is located next to their existing Alabama hub so as to link into of Panalpina’s own controlled air freight network. The HLC will provide complete kitting and parts assembly for some of the world’s largest well known hi-tech manufacturers. In addition, the fully equipped 40,000 square foot facility offers temperature controlled storage areas for Panalpina customers in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

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Delays to Shipping Expected

LAGOS / NIGERIA – Heavy rainfall and flooding has caused major disruption to the Nigerian capital and cost the lives of at least 25 people. Lagos experienced seventeen hours of continuous rainfall on Sunday which has closed most roads and caused substantial damage to the main Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

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Five Day Strike Starts Today

UK - DP World Southampton report that some employees of Southampton City Council’s Port Health Authority are taking strike action for five days starting on the 11th July. The strikes are part of ongoing disputes concerning Southampton City Council’s plans to cut costs by imposing wage cuts.

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Southern France Goes Wild West

FRANCE – French police are investigating the robbery of a Euro Cargo Rail (ECR) freight train in what is being described as a "modern-day stagecoach robbery". In a scene more reminiscent of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid a gang clad in ski masks blocked the railway line on Thursday night between Marseille and Miramas on the French south coast, forcing a local passenger train and a following freight train to stop.

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Specialists Perform Yet Again

USA / GERMANY / DUBAI / AFGHANISTAN – We have reported before on the complexities faced by freight operators on the movement of supplies and logistics to the troubled nation of Afghanistan. However, despite the standard problems involved by any company involved in the region Move One Logistics have completed one of the most complex logistics operations’ with a load that potentially could have been the most troublesome – thirty-six military war dogs (MWD) for the U.S. Army.

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Two Years Grace Period for Truckers

AUSTRALIA – Hard lobbying on behalf of the Australian haulage industry by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has seen a partial victory with the Australia government granting the country’s road freight industry a two-year exemption from a new carbon tax that it plans to introduce. If made law, Australian companies that have heavy emissions - such as mining and air transportation - will initially have to pay A$23 per tonne of CO2.

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New World Alliance ceases Pacific Southwest Service Route

KOREA – JAPAN – SINGAPORE – US – The three members of the New World Alliance (TNWA) – Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and APL Co. Pte Ltd (APL), announced this week that they would suspend operations on the PSW Transpacific (Pacific Southwest) ocean freight container service which they have jointly run.

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Government Claim to Hold Consultation Appears Laughable

UK – In October last year when we got the first whiff of a massive increase in toll charges at the Dartford River Crossing, the only practical arterial route for M25 motorway and East of London Thames crossing traffic, we posed the question ‘Truck tolls to rise 66% as are private cars?’ . Now we know the answer is no – they will rise 63%, hitting haulage operators during a period in which the Government has claimed they intend to help the freight and logistics sector through difficult times.

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Government Decisions Will Impact on All Truckers

UK – The news this week that the Government has finally scraped up the money to fund the National Skills Academy for Logistics will go some way to soften the news that all the EU requirements to complete driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training must be implemented by all freight haulage operators by the September 2014 deadline.

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So Many Important Matters So Little Time for IMO to Impose Reality

WORLDWIDE – The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) the United Nations agency with special responsibility for the prevention of marine pollution by freight carriers and other shipping, has its work cut out to cover all the ground it wants to in its 62nd session which convenes at its London headquarters on Monday and lasts until Friday (15th July).

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New Concept Applies for ISO Certification

THE NETHERLANDS – A new concept that is looking to revolutionise the ubiquitous freight container is to apply for its ISO certification in September. The Cargoshell container will be submitted to Germanische Lloyd for certification and is expected to achieve qualification in October. New shipping container designs may only be released to the market once they have been certified.

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Date Set for Next Years CV Show

UK – After a successful CV 2011 which saw over 16,000 people pass through the doors, the Commercial Vehicle Show LLP consisting of the Road Haulage Association Ltd (RHA), The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Ltd (SMMT) and IRTE Services Ltd, the trading company of the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) has announced dates for the 2012 event which will once again be at the NEC, Birmingham, 24th to 26th April being the dates to note. Sales and marketing of the event will be handled by Crystal Communications. RHA Chief Executive, Geoff Dunning commented:

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Cleaner Technology and Greater Cargo Capacity in Hong Kong

CHINA – Facilities available at the HPH Trust Hong Kong International ocean freight container terminal are continuing to expand with the news this week that the company has taken delivery of 10 new hybrid Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGC’s). The new machines, delivered on Wednesday, bring the total number of RTGC’s at Hongkong International Terminals (HIT).

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Company Builds on Military Support Works

AUSTRALIA / UAE - Serco Australia Pty Ltd has won a new contract with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to provide logistics and base support services in the Middle East. The Middle East Logistics and Base Support (MELABS) contract will make Serco responsible for providing logistics and base support to Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel deployed at Al Minhad Air Base (AMAB) in the United Arab Emirates.

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Extensive Network Brings in More Work

UK – British Airways has renewed and expanded its contract with logistics operator Kuehne + Nagel on the import of in-flight wines and shipping of cabin service supplies. K+N have been managing BA’s wine shipments since 2004 to the UK from multiple origins across Europe, Australia, South Africa and South America and will now continue to do so for another three years.

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Cargoitalia to Fly Freight to Africa

Thursday, July 7, 2011
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Cargo Airline Wins African West Feeder Contract

ITALY / AFRICA - Lome (Togo)-based Africa West Cargo has awarded Cargoitalia – the Italian all-cargo flag carrier – with a weekly ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance) programme to provide a European link to its network via its main hub.

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Gulf of Aden Warnings

GULF OF ADEN – Following on from warnings yesterday that pirate activity around the Horn of Africa was shifting towards the Arabian coast due to the monsoon comes reports of an attack on an oil tanker only twenty nautical miles off the coast of Yemen.

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Agreements Will Lift Tariffs and End Dispute

USA/MEXICO - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes Dionisio Arturo Pèrez-Jàcome Friscione joined today in Mexico City to sign agreements resolving the dispute over long-haul, cross-border trucking services between the United States and Mexico.

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Moves by FAA to Further Improve Safety for Bush Pilots

ALASKA, USA – As most people are probably aware, Alaska can be somewhat troublesome to get around overland. As the largest state in the USA - and with some of the most remote areas on the planet - the people who live in Alaska have long been reliant on light aircraft for freight shipments and passenger transportation to meet their needs. As a result the state has the highest number of airplanes per capita nationwide and the most pilots per capita in the world, with some 11,000 Alaskans registered pilots.

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RFG Wants More Support for Trains

UK - The Rail Freight Group (RFG) has joined the chairman of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), Lord Turner, in condemning the Government’s lack of progress in reducing carbon emissions. The CCC’s most recent progress report has highlighted failings in what the RFG describes as any real movement in CO2 reduction.

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ANZEX Line Will Link Pacific Nations Better with Broader Network

ASIA / FIJI / NEW ZEALAND – Shipping line CMA CGM has announced that they are launching a new freight container service connecting Asia, the Fiji Islands and New Zealand, effective from the 18th of July. Named ANZEX, the new weekly service will deploy 7 ships of 1,800 TEU and will make CMA CGM the only provider in the market to offer two ports of call in New Zealand’s North Island and two ports of call in New Zealand’s South Island.

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Maersk Puts Up Billions for Targeted New Builds

DENMARK – WORLDWIDE - Following on from our recent story telling of A.P. Moller Maersk’s ever expanding portfolio of ocean freight container ships and Maersk Oil’s $1 billion investment in the oil platform vessel Maersk Peregrino, another group company has now revealed plans for a further two ships costing around $1.3 billion plus an option on two more.

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Unions Move to Win Comparable Terms for Skyteam Members

UK – WORLDWIDE – Tomorrow will see the start of a campaign by trade unions to achieve minimum standards for flight concessions for all workers in Skyteam airlines and their subsidiaries. The ‘same team, same rights’ initiative is backed by ITF-affiliated unions representing workers in Skyteam and Skyteam Cargo members and beyond, and begins as the Unite union meets with KLM management to negotiate a solution that would give every employee at ground handlers Cobalt flight concessions.

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Chance for Logistics Industry to Examine Options

SCOTLAND – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has announced that they are to hold a ‘Freight by Water’ industry event designed to explore and discuss the water freight opportunities for Scotland. The event will take place in Glasgow on the 7th of September.

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Piracy Survivor Recognised

WORLDWIDE - The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) - the United Nations agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping - has endorsed the decision of a Panel of Judges that the 2011 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea should go to Captain Seog Hae-gyun of the Republic of Korea, Master of the chemical tanker Samho Jewelry. Captain Seog was nominated by the Government of the Republic of Korea for his heroic actions to keep his vessel and crew safe, while suffering vicious assaults, following a hijack by pirates off the coast of Somalia.

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CLARINS Appoints Chinese Partner

CHINA - SDV Hong Kong has signed a three year contract with CLARINS, a well-known French cosmetics company specializing in skincare products and perfumes. SDV will now provide CLARINS Hong Kong with local logistics, freight handling and distribution services to both Hong Kong and Macau.

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Supermarket Recognises Logistics Provider

UK – Drink logistics specialists JF Hillebrand has won an award from the supermarket chain Waitrose. The logistics provider was presented with Waitrose’s “Supplier Award for Improved Efficiency” by Mark Williamson, Commercial Director at Waitrose, at its annual supplier awards ceremony on the 28th June 2011 for their contribution to supply chain management solutions.

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Big Boost to Taxed Services

INDIA – APL Logistics Indian subsidiary, APL IndiaLinx, has run double-stacked containers on its rail freight service for the first time, the company reported. The trial, which took place on the 16th of June, featured ninety forty-foot boxes stacked two high and ran between the west coast port of Mundra and the inland container rail terminal at Kishangarh, near Delhi.

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Company "Delighted" by News

UK / IRELAND – Ferry operator Stena Line has expressed “delight” at the decision of the UK’s Competition Commission to approve the company’s acquisition of two routes across the Irish Sea from rival DFDS. Stena Line can now add ferry services from Belfast to Liverpool (Birkenhead) and Belfast to Heysham to its four existing routes - Stranraer-Belfast, Holyhead-Dublin, Holyhead-Dun Laoghaire and Fishguard-Rosslare.

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Increases Sailing Frequency on Portugal and North Spain Service

NETHERLANDS/IBERIAN PENISULA – Netherlands-based Samskip Multimodal Container Logistics has announced that they are expanding their Portugal / North Spain service, which provides a freight shipping connection between the Iberian Peninsula and the Port of Rotterdam in Northwest Europe.

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Be Extra Vigilant This Weekend

US – The Independence Day weekend has the second highest rate of cargo theft for any weekend of the year – second only to Thanksgiving according to logistics security specialists FreightWatch. The company is advising all its freight, shipping and warehousing clients to be especially vigilant during the 4th of July celebrations.

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