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image: Somalia Shell BP Maersk MOL container shipping lines pirate freight Puntland Albayrak port of Mogadishu dockers unionContainer Shipping Lines and General Freight Carriers Join Oil Giants in Piracy Fight
Investment in Social Change Essential to Stem the Lure of Crime but Dock Workers Protest at Port of Mogadishu

01 October 2014
WORLDWIDE – SOMALIA – A Joint Shipping Initiative put together by Shell, BP, Maersk, Stena, NYK, MOL and K Line, have announced it has given $1.5 million of additional funds to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Alternative Livelihoods to Piracy in Puntland and Central Regions of Somalia Project, to improve both the lives of native Somalis and security for seafarers. Though piracy off the coast of Somalia is at the lowest it’s been since before 2008, the UNDP’s project aims to reduce attacks through local economic development, job creation, training, and business development grants on-shore, in one of the world’s poorest countries. Dr Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President of Shell Shipping & Maritime, said:
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image: IATA air freight cargo tonnages WorldACD Market Data tonne kilometresAir Cargo Figures Rise as Freight Analysts Release Statistics
Tonnages Up Across the Globe but Notes of Caution Sounded Against Overconfidence

01 October 2014
WORLDWIDE – Lies, damned lies and statistics. As we all know the figures for freight tonnages thrown up monthly can vary according to who you talk to. Unsurprising, as the data which different organisations use to extrapolate the figures tends to vary fairly dramatically. With air cargo transport statistics for August 2014 just released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) it is encouraging to note that another group, using information gained from somewhat different sources, also has published tonnage figures which also show a similar healthy increase in global air trade.
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image: CSX rail freight tragedies fire crude oil multimodal explosionSeries of Rail Freight Tragedies Encourages Multimodal Group to Push Response Training
Firefighters and Police Receive First Response Instructions for Potential Disasters

30 September 2014
US – There has been a series of incidents involving freight trains in the past couple of years which have seen fire and explosions on an almost biblical scale and one company which has seemingly acknowledged the dangers and reacted positively is multimodal carrier CSX which recently hosted crude-by-rail incident response training for 40 first responders representing 30 communities around the CSX network at the Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC) in Pueblo, Colorado.
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image: Japan K shipping line container RoRo freight cargo car carrier cartel anti-trust Business Continues Even After Container Shipping Line and Car Carrier Fined $125 Million
Latest Plea Agreement Doubles Cost of Collusion for RoRo Freight Cartel Partner

30 September 2014
JAPAN – US – VIETNAM – Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has entered into a plea agreement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ), agreeing to pay a $67.7 million criminal fine to resolve allegations that the container and specialist automobile shipping line violated US antitrust laws by colluding with other ocean freight carriers in connection with the sale of shipping services for RoRo cargo, to and from ports around the world in a thinly veiled anti-trust cartel agreement.
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image: UK materials handling fork lift truck racking freight supply chain JungheinrichMaterials Handling Group Provides Fork Lift Trucks to Speed Humanitarian Freight in Supply Chain
Support for UK Government Efforts as Company Releases Two New Models

30 September 2014
UK – IRAQ – With all eyes on the region the cry for humanitarian aid to assist the Yazidi refugees stranded in the mountains in Iraq has been heeded internationally and British Prime Minister David Cameron recently visited the Department for International Development’s (DfID) UK Aid Disaster Response Centre at Cotswold Airport to personally witness the government’s response. The DfID facility is the key logistics centre of operations for the distribution of millions of pounds of UK aid to be freighted to crisis points around the world. It is the hub for the distribution of clean water, improved sanitation facilities and hygiene kits as well as food, shelter and other support equipment and medical supplies.
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image: UK ports logistics energy EU port services regulation intermodal  freight railUK Ports Demand Government Intermodal Support as Investment in Energy Logistics Continues
Operators Object to EU Methods and Want Better Infrastructure and Safety

30 September 2014
UK – The United Kingdom Major Ports Group (UKMPG) has taken advantage of Party Conference season and launched a new manifesto to demand government support for the industry. With nine members representing forty one of the UK’s major ports, UKMPG is calling on the politicians to fight against the proposed EU Port Services Regulation which it says is a major threat to the nation’s ports industry. Resolving the issue is now a race against time with the Italian Presidency aiming to reach a political agreement by 8 October. The port operators want assurances about investment in intermodal infrastructure and a raft of other measures including support for skills and safety training.
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image: US UK Seko logistics freight retailer ecommerce creative design Red Hot PennyAnother Freight and Logistics Group Extends it Range in the Supply Chain
From Global Transport to ecommerce for Retail Groups

30 September 2014
US – UK – WORLDWIDE - Seko Logistics, which started life in Chicago in 1976 before developing a global network of more than 120 offices spread over 40 countries, is the latest freight associated business to extend its business interests into other areas loosely related to the supply chain. Seko owns Red Hot Penny which supplies retailers with creative design, ecommerce technology and digital marketing services and has now added another full service ecommerce agency, Metakinetic, to the fold.
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image: UK Norway South Africa maritime container shipping line freight supply chain logistics Maersk Triple ETraining for a Logistics or Supply Chain Career Now Recognised as Essential
From Container Shipping Lines to Insurers - Globally the Need for New Blood is Being Acknowledged

30 September 2014
SOUTH AFRICA – UK – NORWAY – One of the best features of the modern logistics industry is that it is finally being recognised as a viable career, something which, due to the diverse nature of operations which form the supply chain, has not always been the case. Globally many freight and shipping companies have prioritised training for potential future employees and our picture shows Grade 10 and 11 students at Simon’s Town School’s Lawhill Maritime Centre in South Africa commemorating World Maritime Day on 25 September with a light hearted Lego building competition. The Maersk Line Triple E Lego ship models were donated by container carrier Safmarine, Lawhill’s founding sponsor.
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image: Russia Luxembourg union freight flights cargo airline Cargolux LCGB AirBridgeCargo Airlines ABCAir Freight Carriers Have Good and Bad News as Cargo Services Increase but Union Gets Restless
One Company Offers More Flights Whilst Another Sees Work to Rule

29 September 2014
RUSSIA – LUXEMBOURG – JAPAN – SOUTH KOREA – News from two cargo airlines this week and a mix it would seem of good and bad. Whilst AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), Russia’s largest international cargo airline and a part of Volga-Dnepr Group, has announced it is increasing its Boeing 747 freighter flights linking Tokyo and Seoul with Moscow, competitors Luxembourg based, freight only Cargolux seem to have labour problems brewing once again.
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image: UK land sea air logistics freight shipping IMO Mark Binge Allseas Global piracy Somalia Koji SekimizuStaff Changes in Shipping and Logistics Groups This Week
Who is Leaving and Who Has Just Arrived in Air, Sea and Land Related Freight Operations.

29 September 2014
WORLDWIDE – Beginning with a heavyweight change at the top of the freight and logistics sector this week is the news that International Maritime Organization (IMO) General Secretary, Koji Sekimizu, has announced that he will not be seeking reappointment, choosing to end his term at the end of 2015. Mr Sekimizu has decided not to stand for re-election for personal reasons in relation to his wife’s health. Sekimizu started his tenure in the top spot in 2012 with the shipping and maritime industry actively seeking ways to combat piracy, particularly off the coast of Somalia, and finding policies to reduce emissions and have the industry run in a more environmentally friendly way.
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