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image: UK Britain freight rail network SMIS+ Safety Standards Board Paddington crash 1999Britain Sees a New Safety Reporting System for Freight and Passenger Rail Stakeholders Alike
December Ushers in a Change from 20 Year Old Technology

25 August 2016
UK – The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), the body set up following the tragic Paddington rail disaster of 1999 which cost 31 lives and injured over 500 others, has led a Safety Management Intelligence System programme to create a completely new on-line safety reporting system, ‘SMIS+’, to replace the existing SMIS management system which was introduced in the 1990’s, as the technology used then has become outdated. Both passenger and freight stakeholders will have full access.
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image: UK US freight logistics staff changes industry veteran air cargo FCILT Brittin TIACAWeek's Staff Changes Open with Retirement of Freight and Logistics Industry Veteran
Air Cargo Chief to Quit by Year End

25 August 2016
WORLDWIDE – This week’s round up of staff changes in the logistics sector begin with the news of the stepping down of a freight industry veteran as The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has announced that its Secretary General, Doug Brittin will retire at the end of this year. He will stay with TIACA in an advisory capacity once a replacement has been found. Doug Brittin took over the position in July 2013 and has a career stretching back 36 years as a senior professional in a variety of logistics and governmental roles.
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image: LiftEx lifting safety health logistics conference exhibition overhead professionals Aberdeen Handy Shipping GuideIn its Twelfth Year LiftEx 2016 Lifting and Safety Conference Heads for Scotland
Free Entry for Visitors and Conference Discount for HSG Readers

25 August 2016
UK – The exhibition and industry conference dedicated to overhead lifting and safe work at height, LiftEx is this year heading to Scotland for the first time. Of particular relevance to both on and offshore logistics professionals and now in its twelfth year, LiftEx 2016 will take place on the Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th November at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre -and readers of the Handy Shipping Guide can get an exclusive discount to the Conference portion of the event.
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image: UK rail freight terminal international Scottish Court of Session Ministers Green Belt intermodal logisticsInternational Rail Freight Terminal Saga Continues Ever Onward in Battle for Intermodal Cargo
Not the First (or Probably the Last) Seemingly Never Ending Story of its Kind

25 August 2016
SCOTLAND – In yet another battle over such a development the Judges of the Scottish Court of Session have overturned a decision by Scottish Ministers to give the go ahead to proposals for an international rail freight terminal at Mossend in Bellshill, stating that Ministers ‘failed to give proper, adequate and intelligible reasons for their decision’ having previously disagreed with a recommendation to dismiss the development plans over concerns of the loss of Green Belt land. With 70% of Scotch whisky carried by road an extended intermodal terminal has long been an ideal for logistics stakeholders.
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image: Hansa Heavy Lift China freight project cargo Brazil FPSO p-67 pre salt clusters specialist logistics ValparaisoHeavy Lift Specialist Completes Another Giant freight Transport Project
Carrier Overcomes a Host of Difficulties to Bring Contract Home

25 August 2016
CHINA – BRAZIL – Hansa Heavy Lift (HHL), one of the few specialist logistics groups capable of such a giant project freight undertaking, has just transported five pipe racks and three modules, weighing a total of 1,871.51 tonnes and measuring 24,075 m³, for a new floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit off the coast of Brazil. With the heaviest piece weighing 730 tonnes, the cargo was loaded onto the HHL Valparaiso at the ports of Itajaí and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil before being transported to Qingdao, in the Shandong Province of China, where it will undergo final outfitting before being transported back to Brazil.
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image: UK World of Books TOM commercial vehicle hire logistics road haulage fleet Citroen Relay 35 Enterprise L3 H2 HDI 130ps vanNationwide Logistics Customer Books a New Road Haulage Fleet of Vans for Fuel Savings
Increased payload and Other Advances Meant Writing on the Wall for Older Vehicles

25 August 2016
UK – Following its acquisition in 2014 of the Charthire business and subsequent expansion plans, commercial vehicle hire company TOM Vehicle Rentals has signed a deal with leading online books, CDs and DVDs retailer, World of Books, to supply its new road haulage fleet of 75 Citroen Relay panel vans for its nationwide logistics operation. World of Books has already reported significant fuel savings with the new fleet, expected to be in the region of £35,000 annually.
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image: UK road haulage freight transport Chancellor FairFuel UK Philip Hammond fuel duty VAT cleaner Road Haulage and Freight Transport Groups Back Changes to Fuel Duty
Lobby Group Requests Chancellor to Think on Prices and Cleaner Fuels

24 August 2016
UK – FairFuel UK, the lobby organisation co-founded by Peter Carroll, himself a road haulage transport veteran, has continued its high profile policy of pressing government on the question of fuel duty, something Carroll, former advisor to Danny Alexander, and his associates Howard Cox motoring journalist Quentin Willson have previously proved very adept at. FairFuel UK receives active support from a long list of important logistics and transport industry stakeholders including the RHA, FTA, RAC, BAR and a host of others with less popular acronyms.
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image: UK Hybrid air vehicles Airlander Crash logistics aircraft freight transport HAV blimp balloonAirlander Crash Reinforces Stereotype of Unsuitability of Airships for Freight Carriage
However Lighter Than Air Craft Might Well Have a Place in the Future of Logistics

24 August 2016
UK – It gives little satisfaction when our cynicism over the future of airships is proved correct but the crash today when the £25 million project Airlander ran into a telegraph pole in not terribly bad conditions perfectly illustrates the limitations of lighter than air vehicles as a future method for transporting freight (or indeed passengers). Developers Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) would argue that their craft has features of both aircraft and blimp, but it seems it may still suffer the vagaries of manoeuvrability which all balloon type craft are cursed with.
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image: US UK China snippets freight transport multimodal cabs taxi black yellow road haulage passenger Norway Europe Some Smaller News Items from the Logistics, Road Haulage and Multimodal Freight Sectors
What's Happening Around the World - Starting for a Change with Taxis

24 August 2016

UK – US – We start this round up going slightly ‘off piste’ by moving a little away from the delights of multimodal freight and writing for once about the passenger transport sector. Nothing perhaps illustrates the official position of local authorities in the UK to their cousins in the US on public transport than the current proposed and passed changes in legislation covering taxi drivers. Both London and New York have recognised, established cab personas, London has the familiar black cab whilst the Big Apple has its equally recognisable yellow cars. Both also have a plethora of other services mini cabs, Uber etc.


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image: UK P&I Club Totally Thames sailing barge race parade shipowners’ vessel specialistThames Sailing Barge Parade Supported by Specialist Vessel Insurers
A Chance to See Historic Boats in Their Traditional Stamping Grounds

24 August 2016
UK – As well as the popular calendar of Thames barge races organised by the Sailing Barge Association which sees a regular sail off of the surviving vessels of this unique class of work boats and whose website offers full information for each venue, this year will see a special ‘Thames Sailing Barge Parade’ as part of the annual ‘Totally Thames’ festival and this is being supported by The Shipowners’ Club, a leading mutual P&I insurer in the smaller and specialist vessel sector, and the aim is to raise funds for the remaining barges’ maintenance and restoration.
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