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image: US West Coat dock dispute labour contract container freight ILWU PMA vesselsUnion Ratifies West Coast Deal as Container Freight Returns to Normal
Temporary End to the Dock Labour Contract Merry Go Round

23 May 2015
US – This week saw the ratification of a new dock labour contract for the West Coast ports which were recently choked with vessels and container freight as members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) slowed work whilst they argued for a new deal after the existing contract expired. As we have witnessed so often previously, all is now smiles and cuddles now that February’s ‘tentative’ five year agreement, offered by the employers, in the form of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), has been formally accepted by 82% of the workforce in the vote to ratify the deal.
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image: Indonesia ocean freight container automated Konecranes Automated Stacking Cranes ship shore straddle Pelindo III ASEAN logistics shipping lineNew Automated Container Terminal Smooth's the Flow of Freight in the Far East
Indonesia Formally Opens its Latest Ocean Gateway

22 May 2015
INDONESIA – Along with its fellow ASEAN states, development of the infrastructure necessary to promote trade via logistics in the country is advancing at a rapid pace and this week has seen a major event in ocean freight connections with the formal inauguration by the President of Indonesia and a group of other distinguished officials, of the Lamong Bay Container Terminal in Surabaya, East Java. The development represents an important milestone in the country’s transport development program that is improving the movement of goods through its vast waterways.
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image: Germany Jungheinrich fork lift truck award IFOY freight warehouse materials handling counterbalance fuel types New Award for Fork Lift Truck Favoured by Freight Handling Companies
More Industry Recognition for Leading Materials Handling Group Product

22 May 2015
GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – The medium sized standard counterbalance truck with its variety of fuel types remains the versatile favourite of the world’s general freight handling companies, and now Jungheinrich, one of the world’s three leading companies in the materials handling equipment and warehousing technology sectors, has collected a coveted prize at the prestigious International Forklift Truck of the Year Awards 2015 (IFOY) in Munich, with its EFG S30s three-tonne electric counterbalance truck.
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image: US Highway Trust Fund road infrastructureAnother Fudge as the US Puts Off Proper Political Action to Fund Transport Infrastructure
Lack of Will to Resolve a Most Serious Situation as Highway Trust Fund Continues to Fail

21 May 2015
US – With the Highway Trust Fund, the gasoline tax part of which funds roads infrastructure upkeep and development, about to expire at the end of the month, the US House of Representatives has passed yet another short term funding patch in an effort to avoid any interruptions in the country’s numerous infrastructure development projects. Whilst it appears that the government are actually trying to solve the issue, this 33rd patch in six years only sees Congress delay proper investment decisions for all of two months as politicians of every hue simply continue to drip feed the failing fund.
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image: Coast Guard US rare endangered Hawaiian monk seal logistics cargoCoast Guard Service Also Provides Logistics - But Only for Rarest of Cargo
Life Saving Mission as Endangered Species Gets into Trouble

21 May 2015
US – If questioned, most members of the public would say they knew exactly what the duties of the Coast Guard consisted of, and it would be true to say the principal roles of the organisation consisted of watching over the national waters, ensuring the safety of those at sea and the security of the coastline. There are however, other tasks which the service is called upon to perform and this week involved the logistics required to ship a very rare and special piece of cargo on a life-saving mission.
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image: Freight Transport Association London Metropolitan Police road haulage lorries trucks cyclists construction diesel engines emissions TfLTwo Freight Conferences Reinforce the Need for Safer, Cleaner Road Haulage Trucks
Police and Industry Work in Harmony to Educate and Regulate

20 May 2015
UK – London roads are a main focus for the upcoming Freight Transport Association’s Fleet Engineer Conference, despite the venue, when it takes place on Wednesday 10 June at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham. Both the London Safer Lorry Scheme (SLS) and the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be highlighted at the event, both programmes which are likely to be rolled out across the UK if successful. Road haulage trucks, particularly those in the construction industry, have been shown to cause a disproportionate amount of injuries to vulnerable road users in the capital, and older diesel engines produce health harming emissions.
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image: Austria Germany Gebrüder Weiss freight forwarding logistics warehouse CCTV Austrian Freight Forwarding Outfit to Open New Logistics Warehouse
German Site Chosen for Expansion This Year

20 May 2015
AUSTRIA – GERMANY – Freight forwarding and logistics group Gebrüder Weiss is optimising the cargo handling operations at its Esslingen, Germany location with the construction of a new warehouse, to be equipped with improved soundproofing, energy efficient lighting, and a state-of-the-art CCTV system, meeting the highest standards in terms of technology, security and environmental preservation.
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image: Seafarers UK container ship RoRo ferry destroyer Royal merchant navy job employmentFancy a Job Aboard a Container Ship, a RoRo Ferry or a Destroyer?
Seafarers Awareness Week May be For You

20 May 2015
UK – 20 to 28 June 2015 has been designated Seafarers Awareness Week and this year the theme is to be ‘Opportunities to Work at Sea’ with the intention of informing young people of the opportunities of a job in the Merchant service aboard anything from a container ship to a freight ferry or cruise liner, or indeed with the Royal Navy. The idea is to promote the relevant education, training and recruitment services that can lead to maritime employment.
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image: France UK Shakespeare freight passenger RoRo ferry Eurotunnel SCOP CMA MyFerryLink Henry V Agincourt vessels SCOPChannel RoRo Freight and Passenger Ferry Legal Case Sails Seemingly Endlessly On
'Once More Unto the Breach Dear Friends'

20 May 2015
UK – FRANCE – Apologies to Wm. Shakespeare but the story of Eurotunnel’s MyFerryLink RoRo freight and passenger ferry service just won’t lie down. We have covered the potential demise and subsequent closure of SeaFrance since 2009 and yet controversy over the company’s three vessels continues to this day. As with Henry V’s famous Agincourt speech, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced it is to 'Cry God for Harry, England, and Saint George!' and try to reverse the latest decision of the Court of Appeal which was announced last week (May 15).
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image: UK TOM commercial vehicle hire DVSA road haulage trucks rental trailers Airdrie CharthireCommercial Vehicle Hire Firm Expands Fleet for Road Haulage Customers
Scottish Company Has Trebled in Size in Past Few Years

19 May 2015
UK – A company which prides itself on service, TOM Vehicle Rental has announced that it plans to add over 2,500 light commercial vehicles, 700 road haulage trucks and 500 trailers to its nationwide rental fleet for 2015 with an investment worth over £130 million. From its Scottish Airdrie base the company has grown over the past 25 years from an MOT station and with the acquisition last year of the commercial vehicle only Charthire business, has now over the past few years trebled in size incorporating four (soon to be five) of its own DVSA Test facilities, 100 mobile support vehicles and recovery trucks.
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