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August 2021

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Charity Begins at Home for Those Who Fly the Red Duster

UK – This year Merchant Navy Day falls on Friday September 3 and it will carry a special weight for many after a difficult year for thousands of mariners. The Seafarers' Charity's 'Fly the Red Ensign' campaign is an annual event to celebrate the country's dependence on the seafarers who are responsible for safely shipping more than 90% of the UK's imports.

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From Container Stowage to Larger Lorries

UK – The positive response from the Department for Transport (DfT) to the trials of longer semi-trailers (LSTs), finding them to be safer, more economical and better for the environment has been warmly welcomed by the transport sector.

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Digital Format Ticks All the Boxes for IATA

WORLDWIDE – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has commended the European Commission for its leadership and speed in delivering the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) and urged states to make it their global standard for digital vaccine certificates.

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As Pandemic Rules Shift So Current Port Information is Vital

UK – WORLDWIDE – As the dust gradually settles on many of the areas disturbed by the Covid pandemic there remains a constant state of flux as regards travel and transport between different states. This has proved particularly difficult for ship owners and operators with the need to change crews who may have been stranded on board for many months.

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September Conference Will Call for Investment and HS2 Continuation

UK – The third Transport for the North Annual Conference, dedicated to advancing the commercial position of the North of England will take place in Leeds and online on Monday 20 September, and the players are already setting out their stalls to lobby for support.

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Bus Firm is Hiring and New Truck Range from Germany

UK – GERMANY – The drive to see hydrogen become the fuel of future choice continues with some developments announced in the past few days. In Northern Ireland bus manufacturer Wrightbus says it is to create up to 300 permanent jobs after winning a string of orders, whilst a German group, Quantron AG, is to launch a new series of commercial vehicles powered by the gas.

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Failure to Apply Agreed Protocols at Port Seemingly Cost Lives as More Problems Emerge

AUSTRALIA – There is a grim irony that, in a country which prides itself on its biosecurity defences, with all freight examined and treated to prevent alien flora and fauna invasions, that lack of basic common sense and suitable precautions in the matter of the current pandemic has seemingly caused the loss of dozens of human lives.

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Biter Bit as Acquisition Specialist Bought Out

GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – Two years ago we wrote how, having taken over Maryland based Royal Logistics and Royal Service Transport (Royal), so the J.F. Hillebrand Group AG had a business plan to acquire similar beverage centred warehouse and transport outfits. Now in a case of the 'biter bit' fellow German group Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) is to buy the drinks freight forwarding specialist.

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Shipping and Oil Interests Modify Regional High Risk Area

INDIAN OCEAN – Just as the Gulf of Guinea has become the world's piracy hot spot in recent months, so the attacks in the Indian Ocean which plagued the area of the Somalian coasts and beyond have receded. Now this decline is being recognised with a reduction in the local security area.

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Your Chance to Catch Up in Just a Few Moments

GIBRALTAR – The second ever biennial Maritime Week Gibraltar highlighting the efficiency and security of the Port will be held from 8 - 12th November. Maritime Week Gibraltar 2021 is an informative, multi-format interactive event, designed to showcase the many shipping, port and maritime services offered in Gibraltar to a wider international audience.

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Logistics Related Human Resources News from Around the Globe

INDIA – Gati Limited, an express logistics and supply chain solutions provider from the Allcargo stable, has announced the appointment of Pirojshaw Sarkari as CEO. A Chartered Accountant by profession, in his previous tenures, Mr Sarkari, who brings in decades of leadership experience, is known for setting up the business and organisation of UPS in India, and also guiding Mahindra Logistics to unprecedented levels of growth.

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Commercial Vehicle Figures Through Existing M25 Passage Rise Despite Virus

UK – It seems that lockdowns, Brexit and the like simply cannot stop the cash cow juggernaut that is the M25 Dartford Crossing of the Thames. The tunnel/bridge facility has always been a source of irritation to motorists having been promised it would be free to use after various stages of its development were paid for.

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Billions of Dollars of Agreed Monies Withheld

WORLDWIDE – Once again governments around the globe are clearly annoying the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as it accuses them of failing to abide by international agreements and treaty obligations to enable airlines to repatriate close to nearly $1 billion in blocked funds from the sale of tickets, cargo space, and other activities.

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Prospective Buyers Lined Up to Trial Vehicle

EUROPE – UK – The continuing, and rapid, development of the project to bring a practical, all electric, HGV to market continues apace as Volta Trucks, confirmed this week it has started engineering evaluation and development testing of the first prototype Volta Zero at HORIBA MIRA in Nuneaton, UK.

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Public Consultation Open Until October 12

UK – We have often written on the seismic changes the Port of London has undergone in the past century and now the latest consultation has been launched to ensure the operation stays up to date with proposals to be recommended by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).

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RTITB Trains the Trainers

UK – With the man in the street starting to notice empty shelves in supermarkets, the Road Transport Industry Training Board (RTITB) has relaunched its LGV Instructor course in an attempt to address the chronic driver shortage afflicting the logistics sector. Companies and individuals have the chance to make a difference by qualifying and going on to train others looking for a career in the industry.

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Production Plans in Fight to Decarbonise the Economy

UK – Today saw the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy finally publish its first ever Hydrogen Strategy, something promised a month ago but delayed as the politicians searched for funding in a scheme set to support over 9,000 UK jobs with the unlocking of a £4 billion investment by 2030.

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International Force Trains to Defeat Hijackers

GULF OF GUINEA – America may be running away from Afghanistan but it seems pirates off the Nigerian coast are an easier target for the US military. This week, together with its international partners the US Navy took part in a three day long exercise training crews how to detect and intervene when required.

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Up to 100 Wide Body Freighters Handled Daily

HONG KONG – Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), the special administrative region's largest independent air freight handler, recently entered the world of robotics with the opening of a new Automated Parts Store (APS) for its giant container and loose cargo handling systems.

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Final Touches Mean a Fait Accompli for Danish Outfit

DENMARK – KUWAIT – WORLDWIDE – The huge deal to see DSV Panalpina A/S (DSV) take control of the Global Integrated Logistics business (GIL) of Kuwaiti group Agility, which we announced in April, seems to now be done and dusted.

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New Comprehensive Report Demonstrates Current Trends

WORLDWIDE – It would appear container rates aren't the only facet of ocean shipping which are rising rapidly. The latest report from VesselsValue indicates that soaring scrap values are behind a rise in the number of ships heading for the breakers of late.

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Accusations of Ministerial Fraud Glossed Over According to Lord Berkeley

UK – Regular readers will have doubtless noted the strong feelings held by Lord Tony Berkeley, an acknowledged expert in the field of commercial rail transport, with regard to the ever burgeoning budget of HS2. With doubts increasing over the viability of the project Lord Berkeley is clearly incandescent with rage over the latest response from the Cabinet Secretary.

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New Livery for Locomotive to Promote Fight Against Cancer

UK – Some of British football's most revered characters gathered together to see the latest naming of a GB Railfreight (GBRf) Class 66 locomotive in honour of its partnership with Prostate Cancer UK, GBRf's chosen charity, and the League Managers Association (LMA), GBRf's corporate partner.

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Helicopter Landing Barge Kits Tested

US – It seems the future has arrived when it comes to the previously considered science fiction creations of autonomous military hardware. Not in this case robotic soldiers (although these are not unheard of), but the acceptance by the US forces of autonomy in the maritime sphere.

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Two New Tugs Added to Fleet

EGYPT – The case of the Ever Given revealed a vulnerability, not only in passages through the Suez Canal, but affecting the entire global supply chain. Readers will recall it took six days to shift the container ship wedged twixt the two banks and required the services of over a dozen tugs plus earth working machinery.

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Finalists of International Awards are Again High Quality Despite Pandemic

SWITZERLAND – WORLDWIDE – The regional winners of the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Awards (YIFFYA) have been announced by the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and sponsor and international freight transport insurer TT Club.

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Restrictive Covid 19 Health Order Blamed for Accident

AUSTRALIA – WORLDWIDE – A fatal accident this week off the Australian coast serves to illustrate there are aspects of maritime life that are always dangerous, and highlights the need for consistent safe policies when crew changes are undertaken at sea.

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Shipyard Sees Successful Appeal After Payment of Millions Held Back

UK – CHINA – The legal world holds terrors for most players in the world of shipping and logistics, any Court appearance, but particularly over matters of contract, tend to end up costing someone dearly. When there is around $170 million at stake however there is little choice but to lock horns in the courtroom.

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Some Tips as Proof of Green Credentials Becomes Ever More Important

UK – So with all talk of zero emissions every clued up supply chain business is striving to clean up their act. However it is one thing to make the effort, another to display the new found green credentials to the customer and the world at large.

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First in the Country to Manage Such a Volume

IRAQ – Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT), which claims to be the only container terminal in the country capable of handling box ships up to 14,000 TEU, is celebrating handling its three millionth TEU.

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Smaller Snippets from the World of Commercial Transport

UK – Members of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) are reminded they can now enter the BIFA Freight Service Awards 2021. Whether specialists in shipping goods by air, road or sea, or handling perishable and special cargoes, project forwarding or offering other ancillary services, there are categories for all logistics related businesses.

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HR News from Around the Globe

UK – Changes at Lloyd's Register with Mark Warner appointed as Head of Marketing for 's (LR) Maritime Performance Services (MPS) business, which brings together LR's professional services, fleet management, fleet optimisation and its Maritime Training Academy. Mark will be reporting to Chief Marketing Officer Philippa Charlton.

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Sometimes Air Freight is the Only Option

FRANCE – ARGENTINA – Ukrainian super carrier Antonov Airlines, which specialises in such giant airborne transports, has safely transported 40 tonnes of mining equipment from Vatry, France, to Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina, to meet a strict deadline and ensure the continuing mining operations.

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Separate Rides to Raise funds for Home and Abroad

UK – Two tales this week of those involved in the transport and logistics sectors who are getting back on their bikes to help those less fortunate than themselves. Due to the pandemic both events will be happening in the UK having been cancelled last year.

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First Planes to Have Realistic Payload Capability

US – A decade or so ago the only place you might see any form of electric airborne vehicle would be a small drone in a public park or possibly a toy, remote controlled model plane. Now however the order from DHL Express for twelve fully electric Alice eCargo planes from Seattle based Eviation is a step change for such craft.

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CHIEF System Closure Date Confirmed

UK – HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has issued a statement today clarifying the position with regard to Customs declarations as from 2023. HMRC will be closing its Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system on 31 March 2023. From this date, all businesses will need to declare goods through the Customs Declaration Service (CDS).

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Latest 'Potentially Cheaper' Option Revealed During Webinar

WORLDWIDE – Watching the scramble to be top dog, or rather favourite maritime fuel of the future, is becoming a fascinating habit. Whereas the likes of the major players in the carriage of ocean freight are wisely choosing to trial any and all methods of driving down their emissions, the vested interests for each form of fuel of the future are desperate to become the carriers' favourite.

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Multimodal Exhibition and Awards Ready to Come Back in Style

UK – Now that the series of lockdowns seem to be easing there will be many in the logistics community keen to return to some semblance of normality. Networking is an absolutely key ingredient in the industry and there is no better place to undertake it than at the annual Multimodal Exhibitions, sadly missing for the past two years.

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