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image: UK freight staff logistics shipping Port of TyneStaff Changes in the Freight and Logistics Sector Begin on a Sombre Note
Personnel News Worldwide This Week

24 July 2014
UK – We begin this week’s staff changes in the world of freight, shipping, and logistics on a more sombre note with the death of the Port of Tyne’s Chairman, Sir Les Elton, following a recent illness. Sir Les joined the Board of the Port of Tyne in 2004, the same year in which he was knighted for services to Local Government, before taking over as Chairman two years ago. No successor has yet been named.
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image: UK fork lift truck Toyota Jungheinrich freight logistics forklift tonnes palletTruck Popular with Freight and Logistics Outfits Wins Another Award
Fork Lift Manufacturer Celebrates Success

24 July 2014
EUROPE – UK – For the second year in succession a model from the Jungheinrich range has picked up the prestigious International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) Award with the battery powered EFG S40s counterbalanced truck collecting the honour as Best Truck from 3.5 tonnes, a category which is a favourite of freight and logistics customers. The IFOY Awards are open to all manufacturers of materials handling equipment who supply products or services to the European market and identify and recognise outstanding achievements in the materials handling sector. Crown, Still and Toyota Material Handling Europe were the other companies picking up awards on the night with another electric truck, Toyota’s Traigo 80 getting the award for trucks below 3.5 tonnes.
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image: UK training logistics supply chain unemployed benefits skills job seekers Training for a Logistics Career Available for Unemployed Benefit Claimants
Supply Chain Skills to be Gained for those 18+ Job Seekers

22 July 2014
UK – Skills for Logistics (SfL), the government licensed Council for the industry, has developed a Pre-Employment Training (PET) programme in collaboration with unnamed employers operating in the supply chain. The objective is to support unemployed adults and deliver the skills, training and opportunities they need to find real jobs in the logistics sector. PET provides a structured, two-week training programme focusing on the knowledge, motivation, skills and confidence to get people, ‘work ready’ and into employment. It aims to help them realise their ambitions and to succeed in their career goals.
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image: Australia ocean shipping cartel anti-trust container line freight Shipping Cartels and Ocean Container Line Freight Agreements Get More Confusing Every Year
With Alliances Forged and Foundered Australia Reviews Anti-Trust Regulation

21 July 2014
AUSTRALIA – UK – WORLDWIDE – The London based International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has submitted comments on behalf of the global shipping industry to a comprehensive competition policy review being conducted at the request of the Australian Government, which is looking at ways to ‘reinvigorate Australia’s competition culture’. In its submission, the ICS makes a firm point to support the maintenance of what it calls ‘important’ antitrust exemptions that currently apply to international maritime transport, particularly the container shipping sector, exemptions which it argues support the ocean freight industry in a myriad of ways, and the Chamber also draws attention to the practices and recent rulings of other countries that Australia has trade ties with.
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image: TfL Transaid London bus Routemaster HGV training bicycle ambulances freightUnique London Sculptures Decorated by Artists Will Benefit HGV Training Transport Charity
Transaid Benefits from TfL Celebration of Iconic Designs

21 July 2014

UK – Not strictly freight or shipping related, but international transport charity Transaid which trains professional HGV drivers in Africa and supplies bicycle ambulances and the like, has been chosen as a beneficiary for Transport for London’s ‘Year of the Bus 2014 sculpture trail project’. TfL has commissioned 60 sculptures of New Routemaster buses to be painted by established and up and coming artists in fun and fantastic ways, as demonstrated in our picture, and displayed across London. The buses will be auctioned off at the end of the year with all proceeds being split between Transaid, Kids Company and the London Transport Museum.


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image: Canada UK BC ferries LNG container shipping TEU freight bulk Liquefied Natural GasFrom Container Ships to Ferries LNG Is Growing as Power for Freight and Passenger Vessels
Lloyd's Register Called Upon to Classify All Manner of Shipping Using New Greener Fuel

21 July 2014
UK – CANADA – WORLDWIDE – Lloyd’s Register (LR) might be the oldest known operation of its type but one doesn’t continue to be successful in any field for as long as Lloyd’s, which can trace it’s history back over 250 years, unless one is prepared to move with the times and evolve as the face of business changes. Lately many ship builders are switching to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for propulsion and power, usually in a dual fuel configuration as merchant vessels, from container ships to bulk freight carriers dip their toes in the waters of the new and cleaner technology.
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image: UK Ships Clocks Stars quest for Longitude Exhibition 1914 Great WarWhat is the Most Important Anniversary This Year? Some Might Say Not 1914 After All
Ships, Clocks and Stars - The Quest for Longitude Exhibition is for All Maritime Interests

17 July 2014
UK – To most people this year’s big anniversary is, quite rightly, the centenary of the commencement of hostilities in the Great War. To maritime historians however there is a clear rival with the tercentenary of the Longitude Act 1714, a chapter in history that arguably produced a result even more influential in historical terms than the horrific slaughter which began two hundred years later. Now one of the most exciting collections of clocks ever amassed is going on show at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London to celebrate the event.
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image: Philippines K Line bulk freight vessel merchant shipping Typhoon GlendaBulk Freight Carriers Again Come to the Aid of Vessel Crews as Typhoon Glenda and Accidents Strike
Maritime Rescues are a Regular Feature of Merchant Shipping Life

17 July 2014
PHILIPPINES – INDIAN OCEAN – A regular feature of freight and logistics news, and one that all too often gets bypassed as a result, is the contribution made, often on a daily basis, which merchant shipping makes to the safe passage of others, usually suffering as a result of accident or illness. This week it is the terrible devastation caused by Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) and she rages on toward mainland China after leaving dozens dead and half a million displaced in the Philippine archipelago which has caused problems for seafarers.
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image: France Belgium rest break freight driver road haulage operators Road Haulage Rest Break Changes are Protectionist Measure Against Foreign Freight Drivers
Uproar at 'Unjustified Penalties' Including EUR 30,000 Fines and Imprisonment by French Authorities

17 July 2014
EU – BELGIUM – FRANCE – The new reinforcement of regulations, ostensibly to ensure French drivers take their weekend breaks out of their cabs, has produced harsh criticism from road haulage bodies who say the move is little more than blatant protectionism, foreign drivers waiting to reload freight being far more likely to remain in their vehicles over long breaks than native hauliers.
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image: US freight truck road haulage operator Volvo TelogisModern Road Haulage Trucks Gain Cost Benefits from Cloud Based Telematics
Volvo Teams with Telogis for Fleet Management Application Software Solutions

16 July 2014
US – Volvo Trucks has turned to the clouds with the latest innovation for its range of freight and heavy haulage vehicles introducing fleet management services provided by Telogis, a leading provider of cloud-based location intelligence software. The company says road haulage outfits can now avoid the costs traditionally associated with purchase and installation costs as the integrated connected vehicle hardware, is now standard on new Volvo-powered Volvo trucks, allowing motor carriers to utilise Telogis’ best-in-class Fleet, Compliance and Navigation applications.
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