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image: UK fork lift truck safety safer site death injuries Free Informative Nationwide Safety Campaign for All Fork Lift Truck Users
FLTA Initiative Uses Online Self Help Programme to Save Lives

25 April 2015
UK – Fork lifts, no matter how well maintained they are, will always have the potential to cause injuries and even deaths, something which all users should be constantly aware of. Now Britain’s leading authority on their use is spearheading a nationwide drive to improve safety at every site that uses fork lift trucks, be it single truck or a fleet comprising many hundreds. The Fork Lift Truck Association’s (FLTA) ‘Safer Site Programme’ was set up last year as a free, online, step-by-step safety programme that anyone can implement.
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image: Sohar Oman Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH) Group container freight TEU international terminal SteinwegContainer Handling Facility Plans for 6 Million TEU Following Significant Investment
Middle Eastern Ocean Freight Options to be Expanded

25 April 2015
OMAN – Speaking at the GCC Supply Chain & Logistics Conference 2015 held in Muscat earlier this month, Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH) Group Managing Director Eric Ip outlined his company’s vision for the Oman International Container Terminal (OICT) which sits inside the northern Port of Sohar, adjacent to the Straits of Hormuz in the Gulf of Oman, approximately 200 km from Muscat and 160 km from Dubai. OICT is a joint venture between HPH and the Government of the Sultanate of Oman, Steinweg of the Netherlands together with a number of other Omani investors and the facility is seemingly the subject of ambitious plans.
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image: Netherlands West Africa Far East shipping line NileDutch TEU container fleet box Container Shipping Line Names Latest Fleet Addition for West Africa - Far East Trade
Against the Trend for Ever Larger Vessels Come Four New 3,500 + Box Ships

25 April 2015
NETHERLANDS – WEST AFRICA – Rotterdam headquartered NileDutch, a container shipping line specialising in West African traffic has just named the latest addition to its fleet, the 3,510 TEU NileDutch Antwerpen, its third newbuild vessel in a series. The naming ceremony was attended by representatives of the embassies in Belgium of Angola, Congo, Gabon and the Netherlands, the port authorities, and customers and business partners of the box carrier. NileDutch is expanding its fleet with four custom-designed container vessels to offer an improved service to key markets in West Africa.
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image: UK road haulage driving licence changes operators DVLA photocard driver CPCDriving Licence Changes to be Noted by Road Haulage Operators
Paper Counterparts to be Made Redundant

25 April 2015
UK – As the country approaches a General Election there has been one policy of the current government which has stayed fairly low profile, but which has had effects in many areas, one of which makes a small difference to those engaged in the road haulage industry.
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image: Volga-Dnepr Airlines freight carrier An-124-100 ocean shipping fuel savingsAir Freight Carrier Targets Massive Fuel Savings Via a Simple Paint Job
New Livery Gives Huge Economic Advantages

24 April 2015
RUSSIA – WORLDWIDE – In the past few years we have seen strenuous efforts by the ocean shipping community to reduce pollution, principally by cutting fuel use. Aircraft are still referred to generally by nautical terms, cabin pressure, galley, rudder even the hull, but whilst much of the savings made have been through slow steaming an aeroplane cannot generally make the same inroads into fuel use without falling from the sky. Now one freight carrier estimates it can save up to $100,000 per year, simply by repainting an aircraft.
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image: South Africa Port of Ngqura freight vacuum technology automated mooring system TransnetPort's Freight Transhipment Made Easier and Safer with Automated Mooring
Vacuum Technology Eliminates the Need for Mooring Lines

24 April 2015
SOUTH AFRICA – Having received the last of twenty six mooring units during March the automated mooring system (AMS) at the Port of Ngqura on South Africa’s east coast is poised to herald in a safer and more efficient era for operations at one of the leading freight transhipment hubs in the region. The units, supplied by Cavotec, use remote controlled vacuum pads recessed in, or mounted on the quayside, to moor and release vessels in seconds, eliminating the use of mooring lines.
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image: Kuehne Nagel K + N freight forwarding logistics cargo shippers Minsk Belarus Poland Warsaw cargo hubFreight Forwarding and Logistics Giant Announces New East European Groupage Link
Regular Weekly Schedule with Targeted Timescale to Service Local Industry

24 April 2015
POLAND – BELARUS – Minsk, the capital of Belarus, is a commercially important centre, being both the country’s largest city and the administrative centre of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and as such, is now being targeted by freight forwarding and logistics group Kuehne + Nagel which has opened a weekly, door to door groupage service from its Warsaw cargo hub.
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image: Netherlands Ceva boss leave appointment freight forwarder logistics third party departures Freight Forwarder and Logistics Boss Leaves After Less Than a Year in Charge
All the Industry Appointments and Departures This Week

23 April 2015
NETHERLANDS – Freight forwarder and third party logistics operator Ceva has confirmed that Chief Operating Officer and member of the Executive Board, Michael Schaecher is to leave the company after less than a year. During his short time with Ceva, Schaecher accepted more responsibility, incorporating the Ocean Freight business into his job role after the sector’s last COO, Dominik Tichelkamp left in November 2014 after a three year stint. No reason was given for the latest decision.
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image: Kerry Logistics China Railway freight forwarding agent intermodal container cargo rail transportChinese Rail Deal for Freight Forwarding Agent Opens Door for Intermodal Expansion
State Group Owns Specialist Cargo and Container Transport Subsidiaries

23 April 2015
CHINA – Far East headquartered freight forwarding group, Kerry Logistics has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Chinese state owned rail operator’s international trade focused business, which will see Kerry Logistics integrate its established presence in Southeast Asia with China Railway’s extensive domestic and growing international railway network, in order to take full advantage of the new opportunities from the country’s development strategy. The China Railway group includes at least three subsidiary companies dedicated to the carriage of intermodal freight: China Railway Special Cargo Service Co., China Railway Express and China Railway Container Transport Ltd.
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image: Somalia Ghana Vietnam kidnap piracy freight vessel tanker pirate ship IMB hostageTankers and Freight Vessels Targeted as Piracy and Associated Kidnappings Increase Again
Somalian Pirates Quiet But Other Countries Now Breed Their Own Hijackers

22 April 2015
WORLDWIDE – After a steady drop in global piracy over the last few years, attacks rose 10% in the first quarter of 2015 against the same period of 2014, according to a report by the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC). A total of 54 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships around the world have been reported to the in the first three months of 2015, a mark-up from the 49 reports it received in Q1 2014. Most attacks are against tankers and other freight carriers as well as fishing vessels. A far more alarming figure the IMB PRC reported is that pirates have taken 140 people hostage in this short period, three times as many as during the same period the previous year and the highest number since 2012 when incidents off the coast of Somalia started to tail off.
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