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image: freightForklift Maker Looks to Make Smart Vehicles Safer and More Efficient
Hyster Using New Technology to Interconnect Port Loads and Machinery

23 August 2017
WORLDWIDE – Materials handling equipment and forklifts manufacturer, Hyster has started fielding the results of their development programme to explore and develop a range of options for truck-to-truck, truck-to-object and truck-to-pedestrian detection systems with the aim of improving the awareness of lift truck drivers in port terminals and other freight handling areas. The intention is to combine cameras, telematics and other technologies to connect Hyster vehicles so as to improve safety, productivity and visibility for the smart ports of tomorrow. Ed Stilwell, Functional System Leader for Hyster, said:
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image: logisticsSouth Africa Port Operator Implements New Ecommerce System and Fuel Facility
Part of Continuing Investment Scheme

23 August 2017
SOUTH AFRICA – Transnet National Ports Authority's (TNPA), which operates the major ports in South Africa, has reported a number of new developments to enhance their service offerings. Firstly, the company's new, fully integrated e-commerce platform has gone live. The new Order to Cash system replaces TNPA's nine year old PortsOnline customer system for online submission of cargo documentation. TNPA Chief Financial Officer and Executive Sponsor of the project, Mohammed Abdool, said:
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image: coast guardAnother Ship Owner Indicted for Falsifying Bilge Discharge Records
USCG Inspections Allow No Room for Cheats

23 August 2017
US – A federal grand jury in Portland, Maine, has returned a nine-count indictment charging ship management firm, MST Mineralien Schiffarht Spedition Und Transport (MST) and corporate vessel owner, Reederei MS Marguerita with failing to keep accurate pollution control records and falsifying records.
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image: freight fraudRoad Haulage Body Calls for Proper Enforcement on Foreign Drivers Evading Dartford Tolls
Over 80 Million Pounds in Fines Outstanding

23 August 2017
UK – A report by Highways England has revealed that since the tolls booths were removed at the Dartford Crossing east of London and replaced with an automatic system based on number plate recognition in 2014, over one million non-UK drivers have managed to avoid paying the Dart Charge.
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image: freight warehouseNew Website Aims to Marry Warehouses with Space to Those Needing Capacity
Complements Creators Back Load Service

22 August 2017
UK – Returnloads.net, a web-based service that helps road freight operators find loads for empty returning trucks, has launched a new service to help marry up those needing warehouse space with those with space to offer. The Warehouse Exchange enables warehouse operators to sell their space quickly and easily by advertising how much space they have available, the types of goods they can store and what additional facilities or services they offer. Potential customers can either search for a warehouse provider or submit a space enquiry and let the warehouse providers come to them.
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image: freightClosed Rhine Rail Freight Corridor Continues to Cause Logistics Chaos
Operators Seeking New Routings Urgently

22 August 2017
GERMANY – SWITZERLAND – ITALY – BELGIUM – NETHERLANDS – On the 12th of August, a land slip at the construction site of the new 3 mile Rastatt rail tunnel in Germany, caused major damage to the construction site and to the adjacent railway track. Since then roughly 12 miles of critical railway from Rastatt to Karlsruhe on one side and Rastatt to Basel on the other has been impassable to trains, a huge issue for rail freight which averages 200 freight train per day as it is the primary north-south link between the ports of Rotterdam, Hamburg and Antwerp to Italy and Switzerland. As a result European rail freight users are suffering losses running at millions of Euros per week.
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image: charityTransport Charity Asks for Donation of Second Hand Freight Truck
Vehicle Needed for Ugandan Training Program

22 August 2017
UK – UGANDA – International development organisation Transaid has launched a nationwide appeal to find a second-hand tractor unit and trailer to support its new driver training project in Uganda. Transaid urgently requires an artic combination to bolster its training fleet from early 2018, and is calling on manufacturers, dealers, used vehicle retailers and operators to come forward with potential assets which could be donated.
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image: fraudSouth Korea Hands Out Fines to Freight Shipping Lines
Guilty of Colluding on RoRo Rates

22 August 2017
SOUTH KOREA – The South Korean Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has imposed a total fine of 43 billion won (around US$37.8 million) on nine international shipping companies following allegations that the shippers violated the country's competition laws by colluding to segment the market of ocean shipping services for RoRo cargo. The carriers involved have all seen heavy fines previously levied against them for a variety of anti-competitive practices worldwide, with each collecting several million dollars in fines as they go.
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image: freightInternational Freight Operator Expands Irish Medical Logistics Capability
Ceva Opens New Controlled Environment Facility in Dublin

22 August 2017
IRELAND – Ceva Logistics has enhanced its capabilities in Ireland with the introduction of a 15,000 square foot temperature-controlled facility at its Dublin warehouse. The new building has been constructed as an insulated building-within-a-building on the city's airport industrial park and will allow it to better serve customers with medical products requiring to be kept within a constant temperature range of 15-25 degrees. Ceva's Managing Director Ireland, Gary O'Connor, said:
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image: freight US NavyAnother Collision between US Destroyer and Freight Vessel Occurs
Ten Sailors Reported Missing after Collision near Singapore

22 August 2017
SINGAPORE – Two months after the USS Fitzgerald collided with an NYK container ship, comes the news that the US Navy destroyer, the USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), has collided with the Liberian-flagged 30,000 gross tonne tanker, the Alnic MC, both en route to Singapore. At this time the US Navy is reporting that ten of its sailors are missing and another five are injured, four of whom were evacuated to Singapore for treatment.
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