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image: DFS trucks telematics Microlise technology fleet delivery safety performance fuelDFS Truck Fuel and Maintenance Costs Now Quantifiable by Latest Technology
Furniture Group Fits Full Telematic Suite to its Fleet

19 April 2018
UK – DFS, the country's largest upholstered furniture retailer, is aiming to improve the performance and safety of its fleet of trucks with the introduction of a new telematics solution from Microlise across its more than 360 delivery vehicles. The rollout is delivering a full suite of reports to help reduce fuel and maintenance costs and improve the safety of the company's transport operation.
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image: Staff Logistics, Supply Chain Air, Road, Rail Ocean Freight SectorsStaff Changes in the Logistics, Supply Chain and Air, Road, Rail and Ocean Freight Sectors
Who is Moving Where This Week

19 April 2018
US – Staff changes in the logistics, supply chain and air, road, rail and ocean freight sectors begin this week with the news that Michael Ducker has announced his intention to retire from his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx Freight, effective August 15. Ducker took the helm at FedEx Freight in 2014 after spending close to 40 years at FedEx Express. A successor has yet to be named.
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image: India supply chain logistics container terminal Maersk APM port general cargo handling import exportNew Cold Chain Warehouse is First in Region for Supply Chain and Logistics Group
South India to Benefit from Danish Container Terminal Subsidiary

19 April 2018
INDIA – Container and general cargo handling firm APM Terminals, part of the Maersk group transport and logistics empire, has inaugurated its first state-of-the-art cold storage warehouse in India, which the port facility operator says will ensure reliable and stable transport of refrigerated cargo, including goods such as fish, fruits, medicines, and speciality chemicals, that require strict temperature control throughout the supply chain.
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image: Netherlands container ships short sea electrically powered ferries Sulphur Cap awards cyber securityEngineering and Cyber Security for Container Ships and Short Sea Ferries Recognised with Awards
Raft of Companies Credited for Technological Advances

19 April 2018
NETHERLANDS – One of the factors in ocean shipping that often goes unrecognised are the constantly evolving and improving technologies that power the vessels so it is good to know that there are events recognising the subculture of engineering which is literally the driving force behind the industry. This week's Sulphur Cap 2020 Awards in Amsterdam saw the driving forces for container ships and an electrically powered ferry alike credited, whilst fuel development and cyber security also received approvals.
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image: UK HS2 Sir Humphrey speak Grayling Lord Tony Berkeley rail freightMore Controversy Over HS2 as Rail Freight Boss Just Keeps Asking the Right Questions
Somebody's Sums Are Going to Be Wrong So Why Doesn't Parliament Have the Final Say?

18 April 2018
UK – There exists, in both public and corporate minds, some serious doubts about the viability of the entire HS2 project. What may prove to be a very significant part of the current, and probably future government, legacy has questions hanging over the actual costs of bringing the scheme to fruition, and both passenger and rail freight lobbies have expressed concerns, with much of the flak emanating from Lord Tony Berkeley, an undisputed expert in such matters.
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image: Sweden Plastic Pollution Marine Environment oceanic study microplasticsTanker Utilised to Assess Plastic Pollution in the Marine Environment
Oceanic Study to Calculate Microplastic Levels

18 April 2018
SWEDEN – WORLDWIDE – The Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment together with Concordia Maritime have initiated a preliminary study to determine the feasibility of gathering important information on the volume of microplastics in the oceans. By installing a collection device on a tanker, water samples can be collected while it is under way for subsequent analysis by researchers. The aim is to draw conclusions as to the extent, distribution of microplastics and potential consequences for living organisms. Kajsa Tönnesson, Acting Director at the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment, said:
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image: UK Gatemore Capital Management Road Haulage and Warehouse transport Wincanton sharesAnother Major Road Haulage and Warehouse Operation Targeted by Logistics Finance Group
Gatemore Looks to Make Sweeping Changes at Wincanton Transport

18 April 2018
UK – News was broken by Reuters this week that, despite only having a holding of 2% of the shares in the logistics company, Gatemore Capital Management is pressing management at Wincanton, one of Britain's largest road haulage and warehousing companies, to sell off one of the groups two divisions. Gatemore has been aggressive in the UK transport market of late with calls last March for major changes at the DX Group, the parcel company which delivers legal documents in the UK, including passports.
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image: Global Sulphur cap Classification society DNV GL marine fuel technologies shipping greenerNew Report Studies Alternative Marine Fuels and Greener Shipping Technologies
Classification Society Investigates New Technologies as Sulphur Cap Looms

17 April 2018
WORLDWIDE – Classification society DNV GL has issued a new white paper which assesses a range of alternative fuels and technologies for use in the global shipping industry, ahead of the upcoming Global Sulphur Cap, which is due to come into effect on January 1, 2020. The white paper 'Alternative fuels and technologies for greener shipping' examines the price, availability, regulatory challenges and environmental benefits of the alternative fuels and technologies currently available and compares them to the use of conventional fuel with scrubbers and new low sulphur alternatives. Trond Hodne, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing Director at DNV GL – Maritime.
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image: MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company MAN Diesel mega box ships container vessel TEUAnother Huge Container Vessel Order Sees Major Engine Purchase Confirmed
Second Largest Box Carrier MSC Books Power Plants for 23,000 TEU Ships

17 April 2018
WORLDWIDE – MAN Diesel & Turbo has won an order from Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) to supply the main engine, in addition to the auxiliary engines, for the world's second largest container shipping company's eleven 23,000 TEU vessels, under construction at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) which will build six of the vessels, and Daewoo Shipping Marine Engineering (DSME) which will construct the remainder.
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image: Jones act shipping USA maritime shipyardNew Money for US Shipyards to Support Jobs and Industry
Jones Act Continues to Deliver for American Merchant Vessels

17 April 2018
US – The US Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced the availability of $19.6 million in federal funding to support capital improvements and employee training at small US shipyards. The grants are provided through the Small Shipyard Grant Program, and is aimed at helping eligible shipyards modernise operations, increase efficiency and reap the benefits of increased productivity. US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, commented:
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