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image: UK electric freight vehicles supercapacitor batteries revolution breakthrough green environment greenhouse gases global warming save the planet shipping Supercapacitor Breakthrough Could Revolutionise Electric Freight Vehicles
New Technology Makes Science Fiction Look Increasingly Like Science Fact

06 December 2016
UK – The Universities of Surrey and Bristol, along with Augmented Optics Ltd, have announced that they have made a breakthrough in supercapacitor development that could provide, in their words, a ‘transformational impact on the future of the electric car industry.’ In essence, the research conducted by the institutions in a joint project has developed a way for supercapacitors to efficiently store power in the manner of batteries but without their limitations in terms of recharge times with the potential to transform the world of electrically powered passenger cars and freight trucks and vans.
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image: UK Dartford crossing M25 charities protest song Southend news network congestionDancing Gorilla Song Protesting M25 Crossing Congestion Aims for Xmas Number 1
Money Raised Will Go to Heart and Homeless Charities

05 December 2016
UK – We reported in October how a spoof news site had recorded a comedy song lambasting the state of congestion at the infamous M25 Dartford Crossing to the east of London. Now, after being viewed over 1.2 million times on Facebook and Youtube the Southend News Network (SNN) and singer Annie Humphrey’s have teamed up with Sony to release the protest song in an attempt to make it the UK’s official Christmas number one!
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image: UK Thordon bearings vessels oil pollutionLatest Bearings Technology Offers Vessel Owners a Chance to Cut Significant Source of Pollution
Call for Oil Filled Propeller Shafts to be Replaced

05 December 2016
THE NETHERLANDS – Talking to the representatives of attending the World Ocean Council’s fourth Sustainable Ocean Summit last week, Director of Marketing and Customer Service at Thordon Bearings’, Craig Carter, explained that the fleet of 45,000 ocean-going vessels that continue to operate oil-lubricated shaft bearings are estimated to be leaking the equivalent of five Exxon Valdez oil spills into the ocean every year.
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image: UK safety killers drugs alcohol dangerous drivers government consultationCall for Longer Prison Sentences for Drug and Alcohol Killers as Government Canvasses Your Views
Imprisonment Terms Too Short for Drivers Who End Innocent Lives Says Safety Lobby

04 December 2016
UK – Brake, the road safety charity, have welcomed the British government’s announcement that they are to hold a consultation on whether to introduce life sentences to drivers who kill through dangerous driving or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The review, which will run until February 2017, will examine proposals to stiffen penalties so that dangerous drivers causing death by speeding, street racing or while on a mobile phone, are among those now facing the same sentences as those charged with manslaughter. There is also a proposal that careless drivers causing serious injury should face a new penalty for which they could spend three-year’s in jail.
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image: US Nikola electric hydrogen freight truck New Hydrogen/Electric Powered Freight Truck Prototype Debuts
Revolutionary Vehicle Expected in Service by 2020

02 December 2016
US – The Nikola Motor Company (NMC), a company which suddenly appeared as a start-up and which can trace its history back to June this year, has unveiled its prototype hydrogen fuel celled semi-truck at its Salt Lake City headquarters. The event was attended by 600 members of the media, industry partners, customers and government leaders and revealed the all-electric driven, zero emission vehicle to the world. NMC state that the vehicle will be in full production by 2020. Nikola, the name presumably a nod to the guiding light of electric vehicles, Nikola Tesla, is building a business literally from the ground up.
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image: UK road haulage palletised freight network logistics trucksUK Road Haulage Companies Exploit Many Means to Achieve Success
Membership of Transportation Cooperative and Diversification Pays Off

02 December 2016
UK – Lancing-based transport firm South Link Logistics is celebrating a successful 2016 having reached an impressive three-million-pound turnover. The family-run business operates a fleet of 15 vehicles and had an initial turnover of £500,000 when founded in 1991. The road haulage operator has also just celebrated its two-year anniversary of being a member of palletised freight network Pall-Ex, further contributing to South Link’s growth. Co-founder Karl Reidy said:
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image: Philippines Australia freight logistics transport newsGlobal Freight and Logistics News Round Up
What's Happening in the Shipping Industry Outside of the Headlines?

02 December 2016
PHILIPPINES – Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S has entered into a 10-year contract with the Philippine energy company GNPower to transport coal to their power plant in the Bataan province on Luzon Island in the Philippines. The contract comprises transportation of 20-24 million tonnes of coal to the power plant and starts in the first quarter of 2017. In terms of volume, this makes it the largest contract in the history of Norden.
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image: US President-elect Donald J. Trump Elaine Chao Transportation Secretary freight logisticsTrump Selection of Chao as Transportation Secretary Welcomed by Freight and Logistics Lobbies
Established Political Operator Assuages Industry Doubts

02 December 2016
US – President Elect Trump’s announcement that he intends for seasoned Washington operator Elaine Chao to be his Transportation Secretary, as reported in this week’s appointments piece, has been met enthusiastically by US based members of the freight and logistics lobby who believe that she will be both a safe pair of hands for the industry and a good instigator for Trump’s proposed plan for major investment in America’s decaying infrastructure. A statement by the American Maritime Partnership (AMP) said:
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image: Demark AP Møller-Mærsk A/S container Hamburg Süd TEUAnother Major Merger in Global Container Shipping Lifts Maersk TEU Freight Capability Even Higher
Overcapacity Claims One More Heavyweight as Sins of Others Hang Over Deal Ratification

02 December 2016
DENMARK – GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – Maersk Line, the sectors biggest player, has reached an agreement with the Oetker Group to acquire the world’s seventh largest container shipping line, Hamburg Süd, subject to final agreement and regulatory approvals. Expected to close in late 2017, the acquisition could mean that Maersk would have to rethink its attempts for the troubled Korean shipper, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) to join the 2M Alliance between Maersk and MSC. Consolidations and acquisitions have been key to the industry in recent years as the global ocean freight trade continues face overcapacity and falling rates with a tough future ahead.
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image: US American airlines air freight 789-7 cargo New 787-9 Service Boosts American Air Freight
Aircraft Adds to Cargo Capacity on Key Routes

01 December 2016
US – American Airlines has launched its international Boeing 787-9 service between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Madrid Barajas (MAD) in Spain, offering cargo customers up to 36 LD3 positions, or 12 pallets, depending on the market. The 787-9 is also currently operating from DFW to Sao Paulo (GRU) and, in January, will be added to the DFW-Paris (CDG) route. Similarly, in February of 2017, Cargo customers will also benefit from the use of the new 787-9 between DFW and Incheon (ICN). David Vance, American's vice president of Cargo Operations said:
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