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image: China Belarus intermodal multimodal DHL Global forwarding freight supply chain rail Belt and Road LCL FCLNew Overland Intermodal Rail Freight Service Starts as Part of Belt and Road Initiative
Global Forwarding and Chinese Supply Chain Group Team Up for Multimodal Project

22 May 2017
BELARUS – CHINA – DHL Global Forwarding has launched a regular service with a Chinese supply chain group connecting Shenzhen in China to Minsk, Belarus via rail. The new intermodal route, which takes 12 days, covers new overland connections to several major cities along China's 'Belt and Road' initiative, and is the latest route in the DHL Asia-Europe-Asia multimodal network.
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image: UK France Eurotunnel debt Tranche C pet travel schemeCross Channel Link Gains Debt Bonus as Record Number of Four Legged Passengers Carried
Refinancing for Eurotunnel at Favourable Rates as 2 Millionth Pet Transported

22 May 2017
FRANCE – UK – In a week when the Channel Tunnel link saw the 2 millionth pet carried underneath the waterway, Groupe Eurotunnel has released details of the financial restructuring which sees it raise debt of almost 2 billion euros to fully refinance its Tranche C debt. As part of the group's floating rate debt it managed to see the operation oversubscribed 2.5 times as it negotiated five separate fixed rates for repayments over periods ranging between 5 and 33 years borrowing a total of €1.975 billion.
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image: Europe intermodal VIIA rail freight multimodal transport road haulage piggy back P&O Intermodal Services Promoted by Truck Transporting Rail Freight Carrier
Drive to Sell Multimodal Routes and Cut Driver Accompanied Costs and Pollution

22 May 2017
EUROPE – During the past year we have reported several times on the agreements made between truck transporting rail specialist VIIA, and operations such as P&O Ferries, Ekol Logistics etc. and now the subsidiary brand for the SNCF Geodis 'rail motorways', which carry unaccompanied semi-trailers by train, is promoting two of its intermodal freight routes, including a service between Luxembourg and Perpignan. The company points out the advantages such 'piggy back' journeys can achieve in cutting costs and pollution set against traditionally shipped long road haulage transport.
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image: Madagascar Heavy Lift Air Freight AN-124 Aksa Energy Volga Dnepr Heavy Lift Air Freight Supplies the Needs of Madagascar Power Industry
AN 124 Delivers New Generators Using Old Technology

22 May 2017
MADAGASCAR – Heavy lift freight specialist Volga-Dnepr Airlines has delivered eleven generators, each weighing 57 tonnes, on board a series of six An-124 freighter flights to increase the capacity of the power plant supplying Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar. The flights were completed over a 14-day period.
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image: UK Transaid motorcycle museum Birmingham transport freight logistics charity motor bikeMotorcycle Challenge from Freight and Logistics Charity Means Saving Lives - and Muscles
Latest Transaid Two Wheel Challenge Easier on the Legs, Closer to Home Plus a BBQ !

22 May 2017
UK – Many a transport executive can excuse the fact they do not join with colleagues made of sterner stuff who actively support the freight and logistics industry's favourite charity, Transaid, by using the perfectly reasonable excuses that they are too old, infirm, time constrained etc. to pedal across continents to raise cash for such a worthy cause. Excuse yourselves no longer! Now the organisation has come up with a way to tempt you ageing execs to exchange the leather of your swivel chairs for that of motorcycle garb, either as rider or pillion passenger.
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image: Greece freight logistics supply chain appointments BIFA shippingAppointments and Departures in Freight and Logistics Start with Death of Shipping Magnate
Followed by a Look at Where the Supply Chain Talent is Headed

19 May 2017
GREECE – A sad start to our weekly roundup of staff changes in the freight and logistics sector with the death of Greek ship owner, civil engineer, and media mogul Aristides Alafouzos, who has died at the age of 93. In 1964, Alafouzos pursued a career in the shipping industry, eventually creating a sizable fleet of tramp ships and bulk carriers. In the early 1970s he founded Glafki Maritime, then over a decade later founded Kyklades Maritime. Sons Giannis and Themistocles Alafouzos head the family's shipping and media interests, respectively.
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image: Russia North Korea Open Freight and Passenger Ferry Service Man Gyoung Bong InvestStroyTrest cargo RoPaxRussia and North Korea Open New Freight and Passenger Ferry Service
Forty Six Year Old RoPax Ship Brought into Service for Tourists and Cargo

19 May 2017
RUSSIA – NORTH KOREA – A new cargo/passenger ferry service linking the North Korean port of Rajin and the Far Eastern Russian port of Vladivostok, completed its first trip on May 18, marking the start of a new weekly service aboard the recently renovated North Korean flagged Man Gyoung Bong, a RoPax vessel which is capable of carrying around 200 passengers and holding up to 1,500 tonnes of different types of freight.
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image: US UK freight news snippets cargo ships logisticsThe Friday Freight News Round Up - All Those Cargo and Logistics Snippets
Smaller News Items from Round the World to Ponder On

19 May 2017
WORLDWIDE – We start the weekly round-up of smaller items in the fields of freight and logistics with news that global ship tracking intelligence company MarineTraffic and the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Under the agreement, UNCTAD and MarineTraffic will be sharing information and data that will enable both organisations to enhance their services and allow for more accurate analysis of global trade and shipping trends.
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image: Singapore airlines SIA Cargo air freightSingapore Air Freight Company Comes Back Into the Fold
SIA Cargo Returns to the Mother Ship

19 May 2017
SINGAPORE – Singapore Airlines' (SIA) wholly-owned freight carrying subsidiary, SIA Cargo, is to be re-integrated as a Division within SIA, in a move intended to improve efficiency through greater collaboration with the wider SIA Group.
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image: UK road haulage professional drivers telematics Microlise lorry Commercial Vehicle Telematics Awards Celebrate Safety and Heroism of Lorry Drivers
2017 Event Hails Best in UK Road Haulage

19 May 2017
UK – Rafal Kolanko of Samworth Brothers has been unveiled as the 2017 Microlise Driver of the Year Award winner. Following a process involving narrowing down over 120,000 of the UK's most talented HGV drivers, the awards aim to recognise and acknowledge the vital work and the professionalism displayed by lorry drivers in their day-to-day work.
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