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September 2021

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Local Firm Wins Out After Competitive Tender Process

UK – The multi-million-pound competitive tender from North Star Renewables to secure the build work for its first hybrid powered daughter craft fleet has been won by marine and engineering specialist Alicat. The Great Yarmouth based company has been awarded North Star's initial contract to bring its first two daughter craft to the renewables market. They will utilise the game changing combination of diesel and electric outboards, claimed as a world first for this form of workboat.

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Governments Ineptitude Will Cause 'Blood and Chaos'

UK - WORLDWIDE - The behaviour of the British government in the past few days is a microcosm of the global situation which has engendered a body of international supply chain groups which represent more than $20 trillion of world trade annually, to demand action at this week's UN General Assembly for freedom of movement for industry workers.

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National Policy of Exclusion is Starting to Show Cracks

AUSTRALIA – While much of the rest of the world generally opted for vaccination, the Australian government settled for a policy of exclusion when it came to Covid 19. Now however, with the pandemic taking a grip on a largely unprotected populace, things are changing, with mandatory protection for transport, freight and logistics workers travelling from or through 'high' or 'extreme' risk jurisdictions to enter Western Australia.

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Speedier Service Links US and Mexico

US – MEXICO – CG Railway, LLC (CGR), a joint venture between Genesee & Wyoming Inc. and SEACOR Holdings Inc., has stated its new, state-of-the-art rail ferry, the Cherokee, has completed its maiden roundtrip voyage claiming record results for transportation speed and railcar volumes.

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Innocents Once Again Caught Up in Diplomatic Row

INDONESIA – CAMBODIA – THAILAND – SINGAPORE – Mystery and controversy surrounds the arrest and detention of the crew of the Bahamian registered oil tanker Stravolos with regard to a protracted dispute concerning the tanker's crude oil cargo.

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Update of Logistics Lesser Items

EUROPE – Real-time supply chain visibility platform FourKites will launch its fourth annual European customer conference, Visibility 2021, on 7 October, to be held virtually. The theme of this year's conference, 'Go Beyond' presents a bold vision for supply chains of the future, centred around automation, innovation and collaboration.

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HR News Across the Freight Transport Sector

UK – BAR Technologies (BAR), the marine engineering consultancy, has announced that Simon Roberts, former Williams Racing Managing Director and Team Principal, has joined the business as Chief Operating Officer. After 17 years at McLaren as Operations Director and COO, Simon moved most recently to Williams F1.

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Inauguration of New Strategic Hub

SOUTH AFRICA – Last December we reported how DSV, or rather DSV Panalpina as it was then, had bought courier company Globeflight Worldwide Express and planned to move its management, together with most group division headquarters in the country, into the flagship DSV Park, Gauteng near O.R. Tambo International Airport.

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Deal Inked on Transfer of 3,000+ Global Staff

DENMARK – SINGAPORE – Maersk Tankers, a subsidiary of AP Moller Maersk's holding and investment arm APMH Invest has signed an agreement which sees Synergy Marine Pte. Ltd., itself a subsidiary of the Synergy Group, take over Maersk Tankers' technical management business.

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Has the Penny Finally Dropped as Logistics Dominates the Headlines?

UK – Last week we criticised government officials when we accused them of lacking comprehension with regard to logistics in general and the far reaching effects of Brexit in particular. We mentioned how they were finally beginning to understand some of the complexities, and this week they have stepped up and responded to some searching questions which were raised at the British International Freight Association (BIFA) webinar which prompted the article.

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Government Called on to be Proactive

UK – The current fuel crisis has prompted some with links to the road transport community to cry foul this week, with an 'I told you so' from the likes of FairFuel UK, the lobby group targeting fixed lower fuel prices.

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Vehicle Data Management Systems Entrusted to Silicon Valley Group

EUROPE – US – We have been following development of the Volta Zero, claimed to be the world's first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne commercial vehicle created specifically for city centre freight distribution, for some months.

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Schools and Colleges need to Understand What is Available Out There

UK – Even before the desperate search for qualified staff to manage the mountain of extra customs entries required due to the unsatisfactory Brexit deal, nobody could have accused the British International Freight Association (BIFA) of being slow off the mark with regard to training the next generation of forwarders.

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Common Ground Examined in a Bid to Educate Mariners

UK – As London International Shipping Week, LISW 2021, got under way, insurance experts the UK P&I Club, together with aviation training outfit CAE, launched a safety book on transferable lessons from the flight deck aimed at mariners. The publication aims to illustrate that incidents arising in aviation, and avoidance of these can be mirrored in the maritime sector. Stuart Edmonston, Loss Prevention Director at the Club, commented:

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Clear Workable Agenda Covering All Points Needed Urgently

UK – Somebody at the British International Freight Association (BIFA) had their crystal ball out when they arranged a webinar 'EU exit - unfinished business' for this week, coming as it did less than 24 hours after the UK government announced its latest round of delays to its timetable for control of goods, specifically those in the agri-food sector, being imported from the EU to the UK.

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Logistics Stories from Around the Globe

UK – Following the cancellation of some 40,000 HGV driver tests being last year due to Covid, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has welcomed the latest government announcement adding to its support for earlier statements that the funding for C+E class apprenticeships will increase to £7,000 from 1 July.

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Drive Through Border Pass is a Success

FRANCE – UK – During a BIFA webinar yesterday we heard from Benoit Rochet, Deputy CEO of the Port of Boulogne/Calais just how much money and effort his country had put into preparations for Brexit in terms of infrastructure and systems. Evidence of success has come this week as Channel Tunnel operators Getlink picked up a reward for its labours.

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Machine Learning Group is Growing Fast

UK – US – Only founded in 2017, London based Vector.ai, which uses machine learning to transform cumbersome and monotonous processes, says it has raised $15 million to accelerate its international expansion plans and build on its claimed reputation as the automated system of choice for the world's biggest freight forwarders.

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River Thames Capacity Increased as Envisaged

UK – As we have predicted previously the country's newest deep water container port continues to grow with the announcement today that DP World is to begin work next month on a new fourth berth at its London Gateway logistics hub.

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Short Charging Times and Cleaner Operations Cut Overheads and Emissions

UK – With the introduction of its latest J2.5-3.0XNL counterbalance lift truck the Hyster® company is making much of the advantages of its lithium-ion technology. Engineered around a fully integrated and space-saving lithium-ion battery, the manufacturer says the truck is at the forefront of innovation, with a design that helps free space in the operator compartment, maximising comfort, and convenience to enable high productivity.

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Tug Will Travel 1,000 Nautical Miles Under Robotic Control

GERMANY – DENMARK – US – In a remarkable voyage due to embark on 1 October an autonomous vessel is set to make the first trip of 1,000 nautical miles, and this under the control of commanding officers situated over 3,500 miles away!

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Post Covid Recovery Cited as Reason for Investment

FRANCE – Announced in a somewhat curious way, each of the two biggest shipping groups in their respective classes in the country have stated an investment from container specialist CMA CGM in freight and passenger transport ferry group Brittany Ferries, is support for the latter's post Covid recovery.

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Précis Offers You the Chance of a Quick Catch Up

UK – DHL Express has launched 50 new electric vans, taking to roads across the country as part of its UK fleet. A further 50 electric vehicles will be introduced before the end of the year, with 220 more in its UK-wide fleet before the end of 2022. Following the initial introduction of electric vans in London in 2019, this marks another important step towards meeting the business' ambitious sustainability goals and reducing the impact of commercial vehicles on the environment in cities across the country.

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More HR News This Month

NORWAY – Ocean and air freight rate benchmarking, market analytics platform and container shipping index outfit Xeneta has announced the appointment of Peter Sand as Chief Analyst. Sand's appointment comes on the heels of Xeneta successfully closing a $28.5 million Series C round at over a $130 million valuation. Sand is set to begin his role on November 1.

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Six Months in Iranian Prison Without Charge

IRAN – INDIA – Finally the ordeal for five Indian crew, wrongly imprisoned in Iran for six months is over thanks to the intervention of the Sailors' Society. The men were apparently arrested by the Iranian Coastguard and accused of transporting illegal oil.

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Canal Traffic Stopped by Grounding - Again

EGYPT – Whilst large ships running aground is a problem as old as the vessels themselves the incident involving the container ship Ever Given, which saw week long delays in March, caused ramifications unseen in advance by the majority of the maritime community.

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Three Out of the Four Top Box Lines Choose UAE Hub

UAE – Continuing its policy of diversification within the logistics industry French group CMA CGM, which has roots firmly planted in the shipping sector, and particularly container traffic, has signed a 35 year concession agreement with the AD Ports Group for the establishment and management of a new terminal in the region.

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Template for Bringing On Youngsters Careers Now Available to Download

US – After he reached the dizzy career height of being made President of Global Products for logistics outfit Expeditors, Dan Wall thought about how his own progress from entry level to executive and decided he should do something for both the company, and young staff joining it. Now Expeditors is prepared to share with anyone the details of their success in this realm.

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Five Industry Stalwarts Come Together to Promote Latest Translation of CTU Code

WORLDWIDE – ITALY – The Cargo Integrity Group (CIG), consisting of five key members of the shipping industry (Container Owners Association (COA), Global Shippers Forum (GSF), International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (ICHCA International), World Shipping Council (WSC), and TT Club), has added a seventh language version of its Code of Practice for the Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code).

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Crewman Reported Missing as Others Shot

GULF OF GUINEA – GABON – As the screws tighten on maritime piracy and hijack crimes in the Gulf it seems the criminals may be moving south east in an attempt to find easier targets. The latest reported attack, on 5 September, occurred 8 kilometres from the coast of Gabon.

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Exchange Units Simply Swapped for Fully Charged Replacement

FINLAND – NETHERLANDS – Another innovation from technology group Wärtsilä as the Finnish group unveils a mobile battery container solution that will enable inland waterway vessels to operate with zero emissions. The first vessel to utilise the system commenced operations on 6 September.

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Freight Model Aims to Reduce Costs and Cut Delivery Times

NIGERIA – With one eye focused on reducing environmental footprint (and the other probably casting around for hijack gangs) P&O Maritime Logistics has been studying ways of making the supply of essential cargoes to the many offshore installations lying off the country's coast more efficient.

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London Commercial Launch This Month

UK – The parties involved in the Thames Freeport project have wasted little time in getting things in place after the government granted permission for it in March. A formal commercial launch is to take place at an event at The Savoy Hotel, London, in the presence of a senior cabinet minister on Wednesday 15th September.

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Reports on the World of Shipping from Around the Globe

SINGAPORE – GHANA – With all the modern propulsion systems being developed for maritime use water jet technology seems almost old hat. However waterjets give superior manoeuvrability compared with conventional propellers that are typically installed on workboats similar to one that just completed her sea trials.

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Where Will the Trained Extra Staff Come From?

UK – Whilst the commercial vehicle driver shortage has suddenly become known to the wider public as certain goods currently no longer appear on the shelves of shops and fast food outlets, there is another better hidden reason, directly linked to Brexit, which is having an effect on the supply chain.

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After the Restrictions of Pandemic a Chance to See and Touch the Future

UK – WORLDWIDE – As the world of commerce wakes up after such a long, dormant period forced upon it by the pandemic, we welcome the return of Ocean Business, which has highlighted maritime technological advances since 2007.

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Two Long Lived Family Firms Joined by Acquisition

UK – Two of the longest established family firm names in British shipping have been joined together with the acquisition of John Good Logistics by J & J Denholm (the Denholm Group). Together the two families have a combined history of over 340 years in the industry.

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Another Step toward Decarbonisation Taken

FRANCE – With the growing popularity of wind power as a secondary propulsion source for merchant vessels, so comes new of the latest project from AYRO which designs and delivers the Oceanwings system, a deck borne sail system for maritime transport.

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Cleaner HGVs for Logistics Subsidiary of Largest Container Shipping Group

US – It will not come as a surprise that the biggest Class 8 electric truck order so far has just been placed in California, rather than elsewhere in the US. The state's seaports have grasped the nettle when it comes to air quality, and the haulage industry and now the region will be a proving ground for the latest HGVs.

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