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image: Eurotunnel France UK RoRo freight ferry shuttle Calais Freight Truck Record Set as RoRo Ferry Decision Seemingly Postponed
Good and Potentially Bad News for Channel Tunnel Operator

18 December 2014
FRANCE – UK – Groupe Eurotunnel has reason to celebrate this week, but the operator of the Channel Tunnel must have hoped there would have been more good news as it awaits the decision of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) in the matter of its MyFerryLink subsidiary. According to French sources, namely Natacha Bouchart, Mayor of Calais, speaking at the final Town Council gathering of the year, the decision as to the legality of the RoRo passenger and freight ferry service will not be released until mid-January, despite loud, semi-official whispers that an answer would be forthcoming ‘before Christmas’.
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image: Somalia Denmark Seychelles shipping community ocean carriersShipping Community Will Look Askance as More Alleged Pirates Walk Free
Despite International Transfer Agreements Delays in Charges and Insufficient Evidence Result in Overturned Sentences

18 December 2014
SEYCHELLES – SOMALIA – DENMARK – Three Somali nationals found guilty of piracy by the Seychelles Supreme Court have had their sentences overturned after the island nation’s Court of Appeal found that there was ‘insufficient evidence to prove that they were indeed pirates’. This decision comes after both France and Denmark were found, on separate occasions and in separate decisions and unrelated to the Seychelles ruling, to have violated the rights of Somali nationals who had been arrested on piracy charges.
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image: Australia Competition and Consumer Commission air freight carriers cargo Air New Zealand PT Garuda IndonesiaAir Freight Cartel Cases Stumble Toward the End Game with Cargo Carriers Possibly Back in the Dock
Competition and Consumer Commission Appeals Against Court Antitrust Decision After Dismissal on Technical Grounds

18 December 2014
AUSTRALIA – The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has not quite finished its antitrust proceedings against air freight carriers, after appealing a decision made by the Australian Federal Court to dismiss the case against Air New Zealand and PT Garuda Indonesia, over allegations that the two cargo carriers colluded with other airlines to fix fuel and security surcharges on air shipments around the world.
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image: Con-way Schneider trucking road haulage freight patriot award veterans US Trucking Groups Support Veterans as Road Haulage Freight Firm Collects Award
In a Week When Thousands of Wreaths were Delivered to Graves Patriot Award Goes to Personnel Supervisor

17 December 2014
US – It is true to say that nobody supports their country’s military veterans more enthusiastically than American trucking companies, particularly the larger outfits. The Con-way group employs nearly 2,700 military service veterans, including members of the National Guard and Reserves, and this month an employee of the less than truckload (LTL) subsidiary, Con-way Freight, was presented with the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award. David Nieder is Personnel Supervisor at the road haulage outfit’s Marshfield, Missouri service centre having been put forward by a colleague.
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image: Servowatch Damen Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution KNRM merchant vessel IT Nh1816Merchant and Private Vessels Safer on the North Sea with Lifeboat's Ship of the Year
UK Group Supports Winning Dutch Search and Rescue Craft

17 December 2014
UK – NETHERLANDS – WORLDWIDE – Originally formed over forty years ago, Essex based marine IT management specialist Servowatch is celebrating the company’s part in assisting the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM) in winning last month’s prestigious KNVTS Ship of the Year Award for its revolutionary new search and rescue boat, Nh1816. Based alongside the River Blackwater the Maldon headquartered group was involved in the project from the outset as KNRM required a vessel with an ‘exceptionally high level’ of automation and systems integration to assist in aiding merchant vessels and private craft which get into trouble. CEO Wayne Ross explained:
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image: Volvo trucks US road haulage operator million miles VNL Vietnam War Veteran BaumgartnerUS Truck Drivers Get a Chance to Illustrate Their Lives on the Road
Volvo Series Tells Tales of the Highway

16 December 2014
NORTH AMERICA – Volvo trucks has introduced the second in its series of ‘Welcome to My Cab’ series with a video of Tim Baumgartner, owner of a heavy-duty towing operation, and his award-winning ‘Freedom Flyer’ a patriotically themed Volvo VNL. The project aims to show Volvo trucks in the best possible light and the Oregon based road haulage operator certainly delivers.
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image: Panama Canal Gates Ocean Freight containerised break bulk project shipmentsPanama Canal Gates Installed in Readiness for Ocean Freight Vessels of (Almost) Every Size
Picture Worth a Thousand Words as Three Thousand Tonne Pieces Installed

16 December 2014
PANAMA – We here at the Handy Shipping Guide love a good picture but today's truly stands out with the installation of the first gate for the new locks on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal. Expected to be completed in the next couple of days, the steel gates are moved using self-propelled motorised wheel transporters (SPMTs) with more than 400 wheels each. Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano, said:
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image: ALGERIA France automotive sector logistics freight forwarding supply chain Automotive and Energy Sectors Targeted by Freight Forwarding and Supply Chain Group
North African Country the Latest Region for Expansion

16 December 2014
ALGERIA – French headquartered freight forwarding and automotive supply chain logistics specialist Gefco, is expanding its North African network by establishing a base in Algeria which will manage containerised cargo for industrial clients from Algeria to countries in the Mediterranean and China, as well as managing the distribution of new vehicles to dealers for PSA Peugeot Citroën. Jean-Paul Ornano, Managing Director of Gefco Morocco and the Group’s Area Manager for North Africa, said:
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image: Switzerland Luxembourg Sierra Leone cargo air freight forwarding logistics supply chain Panalpina UNICEFFreight Forwarding Outfit Steps Up as Logistics Industry Helps Battle Ebola
Free of Charge Charter Flight to Aid Stricken Victims

16 December 2014
SWITZERLAND – LUXEMBOURG – WEST AFRICA – Once again a member of the logistics community has stepped forward to help transport vital supplies to the areas of Africa worst hit by the current Ebola outbreak. Last year freight forwarding outfit Panalpina donated a relief flight to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ‘Forgotten Crisis’ campaign in the Central African Republic when the idea of an aircraft charter seemed the most appropriate way to help. With the renewal of the partnership this year Panalpina has again joined forces with UNICEF in a similar mission carrying air cargo to relieve some of the suffering in Sierra Leone, currently the country most affected by the disease.
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image: Denmark Maersk Container Industries shipping containers forty foot boxes test reeferTesting Shipping Containers Can Be Fun!
Engineers Video What You Need to Do to Properly Check Out a Forty Foot Box

15 December 2014
DENMARK – WORLDWIDE – Maersk Container Industries (MCI) is the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group subsidiary which develops and manufactures dry containers, reefer containers and refrigeration machines for Maersk Line, and has the responsibility that boxes are made fit for purpose and remain so during their working life. So part of the duties which an MCI test engineer has is to test all types of containers, possibly to destruction, so why not have a little fun doing so?
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