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image: HullWiper Remote Underwater Hull Cleaning System ROV logisticsLogistics Group Developed Remote Underwater Hull Cleaning System Extends Its Range
Ecological HullWiper Technology Now Available to Lease Globally

25 September 2017
WORLDWIDE – The HullWiper hull cleaning system, which was developed by the GAC logistics group, can now be used worldwide, following the launch of its first leasing scheme. The initiative makes it possible for ship owners and operators, technical managers, charterers, coatings companies, government entities and other interested parties to use the brush- and diver-free Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) wherever approval has been given for its operation within port waters.
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image: WEC Lines shipping freight service port of Liverpool New Freight Shipping Service Linking Liverpool, Dublin and Iberia Starts This Month
WEC Expands Offerings to North West

25 September 2017
NETHERLANDS – UK – SPAIN – PORTUGAL – IRELAND – Dutch freight carrier WEC Lines is launching a new service between the ports of Liverpool and Huelva, Vigo, Leixoes and Dublin. The weekly shipping service, operated with 300 TEU vessels, begins at the end of September. Nico Valkenier, Managing Director of WEC Lines, said:
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image: UK road haulage TfL direct vision standards RHA freight trucks LondonRoad Haulage Gets a Look at How Freight Trucks Must Adapt to Meet New Standards
Initial Direct Vision Standards Published by Transport for London

25 September 2017
UK – There has been more than a little trepidation, and in fact rumblings of discontent, amongst the road haulage community with regard to the new 'Direct Vision Standards' (DVS) affecting freight trucks working in London. Now Transport for London (TfL) has issued details of which trucks will be acceptable to carry freight in the capital from 2020 via its DVS rating scheme. Changing standards of acceptability and further restriction notices are to be issued in due course for the ensuing four years.
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image: freightTrailer Manufacturer Partners with Transport Charity
Schmitz and Transaid to Cooperate on International Projects

22 September 2017
UK – AFRICA – Schmitz Cargobull is celebrating its 125th anniversary by becoming the first trailer manufacturer to partner with Transaid, an international development organisation focused on tackling transport challenges in sub-Saharan Africa. Caroline Barber, Chief Executive of Transaid, commented:
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image: freightWeekly Appointments in the World of Logistics, Haulage and Freight
Who Has Moved to Greener Pastures?

22 September 2017
WORLDWIDE – Two new board members, representing the ground handling and cargo carrier sectors, have been appointed to The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) Board of Directors. Ramesh Mamidala is Chief Executive Officer of India's Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management, bringing over 22 years’ air cargo experience to the post. Sanjeev Gadhia is Founder and CEO of Nairobi, Kenya-headquartered Astral Aviation, as well as Vice Chairman of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) Cargo Task Force.
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image: freightThe Friday Freight and Logistic News Round Up
The Stories that Missed out on the Limelight This Week

22 September 2017
UK – The British Government has launched an £18 million research programme to encourage innovations in developing zero emission technologies for medium and heavy road freight vehicles. The main emphasis is on developing light-weight materials and more efficient propulsion systems. Roads Minister Jesse Norman said:
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image: freightElectronic Navigation Specialists Expand into North America
Demand from US Drives Opening New Office for NAVTOR

21 September 2017
NORWAY – US – E-navigation specialist NAVTOR has set its sights on the US shipping market with a new office opening in Seattle. The Norwegian-based business, which has built a global network of facilities since forming in 2011, has until now serviced the territory from its Egersund headquarters. However, growing demand in the United States has prompted the team to establish NAVTOR USA.
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image: freightTrelleborg Introduces Automatic Mooring System
New Technology Will Streamline Docking Operations

21 September 2017
SWEDEN – WORLDWIDE – Trelleborg Marine Systems operation has launched AutoMoor, a rope-free, automated mooring system that uses smart technologies to enable a faster berthing process and improve safety levels within the port environment. Using vacuum technology to rapidly attach to and secure a vessel at berth, the system reduces vessel motions, and continuously monitors all mooring loads acting on the vessel at berth, providing live data to the operator to optimise day-to-day port and terminal operations. It also minimises personnel involvement to reduce human error and improve safety. Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborgs Marine Systems Operation, said:
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image: Australia GAC shipping freight forwarding logistics From Shipping Services into Australian Logistics for Freight Forwarding Group
New Premises Sees Change of Tack

21 September 2017
AUSTRALIA – GAC, the Dubai headquartered freight forwarding and shipping group, with roots in Sweden and Kuwait has been offering shipping services from all of Australia's ports for the past decade. Now however GAC Australia has moved into territory familiar to the group on other continents with the opening of its new consolidation warehouse in Perth, marking its first foray into the logistics business in the country.
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image: Norway short sea ferry electrically powered vessel road vehicles wireless chargingWireless Charging Comes to the Electrically Powered Vessel Sector
Successful Tests on Hybrid Drive Short Sea Ferry

20 September 2017
NORWAY – Just as the urban cycle of small delivery vans is driving the technology for electric road vehicles it seems the short sea schedules of coastal ferries is pushing hybrid vessel development on a similar path. Finnish headquartered technology group Wärtsilä says it has successfully tested its automatic wireless induction charging system on just such a vessel. This is the first commercial ferry in the world operating with high power wireless charging capability for its batteries, and the successful project represents a notable breakthrough in the evolution of plug-in electrically operated vessels.
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