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image: Evergreen container freight shipping line AsiaContainer Shipping Line Beefs Up Intra Asian Freight Connections
Rearrangement of Evergreen Service Schedules

04 March 2015
ASIA – Container carrier Evergreen Line says it has identified strong growth potential in the Intra-Asia freight trades and is implementing service enhancements for its services to/from Southeast Asian markets. The shipping line will launch its new Taiwan–Shekou–Malacca Strait Service (TSS) later in March and will, at the same time, introduce a dedicated Taiwan – Hong Kong Service (THK).
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image: Turkey UK FCL John Good freight forwarding shipping agencyJohn Good Shipping Sees Productive Freight Forwarding Traffic with Turkey
2014 Went Well - and 2015 Has Started the Same Way Says Hull Agency

03 March 2015
UK – TURKEY – Alan Steadman, Turkish Trade Manager of John Good Shipping, the ships agency, freight forwarding and corporate travel group, says the company has started 2015 as it ended 2014, with increased cargo movements and an expansion of its client base on the Turkish – UK trade route. Working in close conjunction with its own group offices based in Istanbul and Izmir, FCL and LCL CONSOL liftings continue to display good year-on-year growth after success in 2014 despite the current backdrop of economic and political uncertainty in Turkey.
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image: Europe France UK channel tunnel freight rates tariffs rail regulation Eurotunnel MyFerryLink RoRoChanges in Channel Tunnel Management Due to Unacceptable Freight and Passenger Rates
June Will See Switch of Control to Comply with EU Directive - and that Eurotunnel Ferry Debacle Just Won't Go Away

03 March 2015
FRANCE – UK – From June, the French rail regulator, Autorité de Régulation des Activités Ferroviaires (Araf) and its British counterpart, the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) will take over the responsibility of monitoring the conditions of access and the tariffs for the Channel Tunnel, from the Intergovernmental Commission (IGC). The change comes after EU criticism of freight and passenger rates.
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image: London container terminal freight Forth port permanent jobsNew Jobs Announced at Leading Container Freight Terminal
Permanent Employment as Port Invests in the Future

03 March 2015
UK – The London Container Terminal (LCT) situated at Tilbury and currently the third largest such freight facility in the UK with over half a million boxes passing through each year, has announced the creation of 75 new permanent jobs this year as the Forth Port’s owned facility gears up investment. The Port of Tilbury is a significant employer with a workforce of over 1,100, many of whom live in the local area and the company says it is investing millions of pounds across the port in the areas of infra-structure, equipment and people.
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image: China IATA air cargo carrier symposium WCS 2015Air Cargo and Passenger Carriers Meet This Month in Shanghai
IATA Symposium Sees All Facets of Industry Sector Gather in China

03 March 2015
CHINA – WORLDWIDE – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) advises that there is only a week left to register for its 9th World Cargo Symposium (WCS 2015) to be held in Shanghai between March 10-12. Representing 250 of the world’s air cargo and passenger carriers there will be fourteen ‘tracks’ focusing on such things as Technology, Industry Trends, Perishables, Operations & Cargo Handling, e-Cargo, Regulation and more.
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image: Schenker DB Germany US cartel antitrust air cargo carrier freight forwardingFreight Forwarding Group Drops Court Cartel Action Against Air Cargo Carriers
However There Is Plenty More Litigation in the Offing

03 March 2015
US – GERMANY – It seems the class action brought by freight forwarding company Schenker AG against several airlines after they were found guilty of operating a cartel by US antitrust regulators has been weakened somewhat after the German headquartered group dropped charges against three of the seven cargo air cargo carriers it originally accused of price fixing.
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image: Finland ocean freight ferry RoRo shipping lines Ocean Freight and RoRo Ferry Lines to Receive Millions in Compensation from Government
For Once Authorities Ordered to Repay Shipping Groups (rather than the usual reverse situation)

03 March 2015
FINLAND – WORLDWIDE – The Helsinki District Court has ruled that the Finnish Government had been in breach of EU law and the Principle of Non-Discrimination when, between 2001 and 2004, the state had charged higher ‘fairway’ dues to vessels in international freight and passenger trade than for those in domestic trade. The court has ordered the state to pay a total of around €91 million, plus another €800,000 in costs, to 52 ocean freight and RoRo ferry companies.
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image: UK road haulage transport freight carrier health and safety prison sentencesRoad Haulage and Other Freight Carriers Warned of New Health and Safety Implications
Individuals and Logistics Companies to Receive More Stringent Sentences

02 March 2015
UK – In one of its recent ‘Road Transport and Logistics Briefings’, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has pointed out a change in the sentencing guidelines for Health and Safety offences which may in the future mean serious repercussions for those involved in the freight sector. The guidelines were published by the Sentencing Council last November to a chorus of general approval, anyone convicted of causing serious injury or death through poor management is normally deemed to deserve a suitably strict sentence. Now however the new guidelines allow individuals, not simply organisations, to be penalised not only for anyone contravening any health and safety regulations, but judged to having secondary liability for certain offences, or those committed with consent, connivance, or neglect.
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image: UK Women in Logistics Awards supply chain transport Women in Logistics Awards Looking for Stars in the Supply Chain
Annual Event Shines a Light on the Best in the Business

02 March 2015
UK – It’s that time again when the fairer sex involved in transport and the supply chain have the chance to shine with the annual Women in Logistics Awards nominations now being accepted. You have until April 17 to put yourself, or a colleague, forward for one of the three individual awards or the title of ‘Company of the Year’.
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image: MPHRP pirate hostage gang bulk freight container shipping fishing boat SomaliaPirate Hostages Free After Almost Five Years in Captivity in Somalia
Dead Colleagues However Will Never Return

27 February 2015
SOMALIA – THAILAND – After almost five years in captivity in the hands of Somali pirates the four Thai crew of the fishing vessel Prantalay 12 have been released and are on their way home. The vessel was taken on 18 April 2010 and, according to the International Maritime Bureau, at 4 years, 10 months and 9 days this makes them the longest held hostages. Originally there were twenty five crew but fourteen Burmese crew were released in August 2011 leaving behind eleven, but it is believed that six or seven other crew have been either killed or have died through illness.
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