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image: Italy Uruguay d’Amico Group freight containers dry cargo Benedetto PietromarchiShipping Isn't All Freight Containers and Dry Cargo - We Also Have Culture!
Italian Shipping Group (Naturally) Encourages the Arts

06 July 2015
ITALY – URUGUAY – WORLDWIDE – Although the business of lashing cargo into a hold or securing containers of freight aboard a box vessel may appear to be a little rough and ready, never let it be said that the world of shipping does not also have certain cultural attachments. And who better to demonstrate the artistic profile of the industry than an Italian operator, in this case the d’Amico Group, which has just launched a programme called The Owner’s Cabin, an innovative and unique international artist’s residency programme aboard the company’s ships as they sail around the world.
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image: UK LHR third runway air freight cargo throughput logistics Sir Howard Davies report Airport commissionLondon Heathrow Expansion Has Ramifications for Air Freight and Logistics Groups
Polar Opposite Forces Join in Praising Sir Howard Davies' Report

06 July 2015
UK – The report published last week by the Airport Commission chaired by Sir Howard Davies, whilst not approved by many, seems to have a broad spectrum of support from those associated with the air freight sector. The report states that London’s Heathrow airport is the most suitable site for expanding the city’s air cargo capacity with the development of a third runway. Sir Howard expressed the opinion that the extra runway was most needed to develop long haul capacity to new and expanding markets, an aim which he believes Heathrow is eminently suitable for. This view has been backed up by a cross section of the logistics community including the Freight Transport Association (FTA), with Director of Global and European Policy, Chris Welch, saying:
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image: India Seaman Guard Ohio Aon Advanfort freight cargo merchant ships container armed security piracyArmed Protectors of Container Ships and Other Cargo Vessels from Piracy Still Face Jail
21 Months Pass and Crew Still Waits in Limbo as Indian Authorities Ignore International Law

06 July 2015
INDIA – Last week a spokesman for the maritime professional’s union Nautilus summed up the case of the MV Seaman Guard Ohio concisely saying, ‘just about every element of this case has been disputed’. So said Andrew Linnington when commenting on the detention of the privately owned US ship on a mission to defeat pirate attacks against freight and passenger carriers in the Indian Ocean. In October 2013 the ships owners, Advanfort, were thanking the Indian authorities for their assistance, insisting the vessel took shelter from a storm whilst patrolling to protect container and cargo carriers in the region against piracy.
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image: EC Europe freight truck rail cargo intermodal transport infrastructureFreight by Water and Intermodal Road and Rail Cargo will Benefit from EC Cash
Huge Injection of Money for Transport Infrastructure Announced

03 July 2015
EUROPE – The European Commission has unveiled a record €13.1 billion investment plan to fund 276 transport projects, selected under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), in an effort to boost jobs and growth in Europe. The investment will see Europe improve a vast number of both freight and passenger activities and facilities by addressing the problems within the continent’s infrastructure and improving the inland waterways, ports, and intermodal rail connections. This investment will unlock additional public and private co-financing for a combined amount of €28.8 billion. EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said:
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image: South Africa seafarers Sailors society crews pirate attack crisis responseThe Trauma of Pirate Attacks Continues for Ships Crews
New Seafarers Crisis Response Centre Launched

02 July 2015
SOUTH AFRICA – International seafarers support charity, the Sailors’ Society has launched a Crisis Response Centre to support seafarers in need throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The Centre, which is based in Durban, South Africa, offers a rapid response service to assist traumatised seafarers after piracy attacks and other crisis-at-sea situations. A comprehensive network of trained port chaplains, drawn from a range of maritime welfare agencies, will provide a 24-hour service in South Africa, Ghana, Madagascar, Mozambique and Réunion.
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image: India rail freight corridor road transport infrastructure cargoNew Multimodal Possibilities as Indian Rail Freight Corridor Develops
Further Funding to Boost Cargo Options

02 July 2015
INDIA – The World Bank board has approved its third loan for the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) which aims to increase the speed and efficiency of movement of raw materials and finished goods between the northern and eastern parts of India. Having already invested over $2 billion in the project, the World Bank is now lending a further $650 million to be used in the third section, the 401 kilometre Ludhiana-Khurja rail link in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab which will enable faster multimodal transport for cargo in the region outlined in the scheme.
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image: Calmac Asia Freight Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) Awards Shipping Lines green Hong Kong TEU Schenker Evergreen SchipholA Host of Honours for Logistics and Freight Professionals, Supply Chain Groups and Shipping Lines
It's the Time of Year for Awards and Plaudits

02 July 2015
WORLDWIDE – The usual slough of awards and commendations this past couple of weeks in the freight and logistics sector starting with supply chain management group Ceva which picked up Best Logistics Provider - Sea Freight award at the recent Asia Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) Awards held in Hong Kong. The awards, organized by Asia Cargo News, are designed to honor leading organizations in air and shipping lines, air and sea ports, and logistics (including 3PLs) and other associated industry professionals, for demonstrating leadership as well as consistency in service quality, innovation, customer relationship management and reliability.
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image: Turkmenistan air freight all cargo Cargolux Luxembourg China Hong Kong TurkmenbashiAll Cargo Airline Opens Up New Air Freight Market in Central Asia
Repressive Regime May Slow the Pace of Internationalisation

02 July 2015
LUXEMBOURG – TURKMENISTAN – CHINA – As Europe’s largest all freight airline it obviously falls to Cargolux to serve many fledgling markets in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and now the Luxembourg based carrier has expanded its offering with four weekly flights to Turkmenbashi, two from Luxembourg and two from Hong Kong.
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image: South Africa freight rates antitrust NYK container RoRo shipping line cargo finesMIllions in Fines for Antitrust Actions Hit Japanese Container and RoRo Automotive Shipping Line
Vehicle Carrier Conspired to Fix Ocean Freight Rates - More Penalties to Come

01 July 2015
SOUTH AFRICA – The Competition Commission has reached a settlement agreement with Japanese container and automotive shipping line, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) for violating the country’s Competition Act by colluding with competitors to fix the prices of ocean freight services on motor vehicles shipped to and from South Africa, in a case similar to that of the antitrust lawsuit underway in the US which has seen several well-known RoRo cargo carriers penalised millions and some employees jailed for their anti-competitive actions.
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image: UK appointments shipping logistics IMO US Luxembourg Ki-Tack LimThe Week's Appointments in Shipping and Logistics
Who is on Their Way and Where To

01 July 2015
WORLDWIDE – We start current appointments in the world of freight and logistics with a major change with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) electing Ki-Tack Lim of South Korea to serve as its next Secretary General to follow Koji Sekimizu who is to step down from the role on January 1, 2016. Lim will serve for an initial term of four years with the option to extend for another four years. Five other candidates had put their names forward to take the top role: Andreas Chrysostomou of Cyprus, Vitaly Klyuev of Russia, Dr. Maximo Mejia Jr of the Philippines, Andreas Nordseth of Denmark, and Juvenal Shiundu of Kenya.
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