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image: Women in Logistics WiL supply chain sustainability Great Bear OldhamWomen in Logistics Announces Supply Chain Sustainability Event and AGM
Expert Speakers Will Initiate Debate as Organisation Introduces Changes

24 October 2014
UK – Supply Chain Sustainability will be the main topic when an event on the subject is held by Women in Logistics UK on the 20 November 2014. A team of three expert speakers have been lined up to pass on their insights when the debate precedes the WiL AGM in the afternoon. Following their membership survey at the beginning of this year, the WiL management team have worked hard behind the scenes and will be unveiling their new logo, new legal entity and new streamlined and improved organisational structure whilst attendees will be able to have their say on the calendar of upcoming events for 2015.
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image: Turkey UK bulk freight forwarders logistics ship management FOB CIF TEU DMAIC Ecoships tanker supply chain shippingBulk Freight Carriers and Tankers Can Benefit from Improved Ship Management Techniques
One Acronym That Proved Worthwhile for Vessel Management Company

24 October 2014
TURKEY – UK – WORLDWIDE – It is hard for anyone to keep abreast of the dozens of acronyms which seem to appear on a daily basis, and in the world of shipping we are probably more adept at producing and using these than most industries. Whilst all freight forwarders and other supply chain professionals are well versed in some of these; FOB, ISO, TEU etc. we now have a host of others, both giving a short form version of the names of companies and professional logistics organisations, plus abbreviated terms creeping in from sectors other than shipping.
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image: Etihad Cargo Avianca air freight alliance Bogota MilanCargo Airlines Form European and Latin American Air Freight Alliance
Two Leading Players in Interline Agreement

23 October 2014
ABU DHABI – ITALY – COLOMBIA – Etihad Cargo, a division of Etihad Airways, has made an air freight alliance with Avianca Cargo, the freight carrying division of Avianca, the leading airline in Latin America based in Colombia, to operate a twice weekly service from 11 November 2014 between the airports of Malpensa in Milan, Italy and Bogota, Colombia.
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image: MSC Mediterranean Shipping container line US ports Philadelphia Boston 2M vessel sharing Maersk2M Vessel Share Partner Sets Up Own Container Shipping Services for US Ports
Lack of Joint Coverage Negated as MSC Opts for its Own Routings

23 October 2014
EUROPE - US - Whilst the new 2M vessel sharing agreement (VSA) with Maersk Line will give Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC) customers a comprehensive list of services which the Swiss based container carrier says will deliver outstanding operational benefits for MSC clients, the proposed schedule did not include direct services to Boston or Philadelphia. With this in mind MSC has confirmed its continued direct shipping services from Northern Europe to the key US ports of Boston and Philadelphia with a revised service due to come into effect in early 2015.
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image: Egypt Suez Canal freight $ billion dredgingSuez Canal Dredging and Twin Route Projects Designed to Expand Freight Throughput
Joint Ventures Awarded the Cash Needed to Increase Capacity

22 October 2014
EGYPT – WORLDWIDE – As part of Egypt’s $8.4 billion plan to increase the freight capacity of the Suez Canal, the country’s Government and the Suez Canal Authority has awarded over $2 billion worth of contracts to two consortia, to dredge the vital shipping link between Europe and Asia. The expansion plans will see a new Suez Canal constructed next to the existing one, measuring 240 metres wide, 24 metres deep, and a third of the length of the current Canal, as well as the dredging of parts of the existing Canal.
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image: G6 container shipping alliance Asia USContainer Shipping Alliance Changes Tack
G6 Announces Variations to Service Schedules

22 October 2014
ASIA – US – The members of the container shipping network, the G6 Alliance has announced a temporary suspension of the Central China (CC2) service between Asia and the US West Coast until further notice, as a response to seasonal changes in market demand. The last sailing for CC2 will be OOCL Italy departing from Shanghai on October 31. All ports called by CC2 will be covered by other G6 Alliance services.
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image: FIATA Ebola virus Turkey freight forwarding logistics Freight Forwarding Agents and Logistics Professionals Stump up for Ebola
FIATA Congress Shows Undue Generosity

21 October 2014
TURKEY – WORLDWIDE – Last week saw FIATA, the international body which represents freight forwarding and logistics interest, hold its yearly World Congress in Istanbul, and by all accounts a very successful Congress indeed from many points of view, but surprises were not confined the normal matters covered by such an event. Before issuing the usual flurry of press releases about happenings at the event FIATA has been moved to make a comment about the tragedy of the current Ebola virus outbreak, and how its members have responded.
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image: UK Morocco Tilbury port London container shipping terminal OPDR Forth New African Freight Service for UK Container Shipping Terminal
Reefer Option for Moroccan Customers

21 October 2014
UK – MOROCCO – This week saw the London Container Terminal (LCT) in Tilbury announce an extension to the agreement it has with Hamburg headquartered short-sea shipping and logistics specialists Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei (OPDR) to handle cargo on the German group’s new liner service from Agadir, Morocco. Forth Ports acquired LCT (formerly Tilbury Container Terminal) nearly three years ago from joint owners DP World and Associated British Ports and now handles over 200 calls per annum for OPDR services.
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image: Heathrow sale airport hub Ferrovial Macquarie infrastructureAirport Sale Leaves UK's Premier Airport Standing Alone
Three Regional Hubs Sold Off to Overseas Interests

21 October 2014
UK – Heathrow Airport Holdings has agreed to sell its 100% interest in Aberdeen International Airport, Glasgow Airport and Southampton International Airport, to a consortium formed by Spanish infrastructure company Ferrovial, already the largest single shareholder in Heathrow, and Australian financial services group Macquarie, for £1,048 million in cash and assumed debt, payable in full at closing, subject to EU merger regulation clearance. The three airports were the last of the airports formerly owned by BAA following the regulators insistence that the company sold off Stansted, Gatwick and Edinburgh.
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image: US Airways American Airlines cargo air waybill freight tonnesUS Air Cargo Departments Combine and Issue Single Air Waybill for Freight
A Major Step in Amalgamation for Two Airlines Achieved Following Merger

21 October 2014
US – WORLDWIDE – Almost two years since the announcement of the merger between American Airlines and US Airways the two previously separate groups have reached ‘a significant milestone’ with the two cargo divisions combining under a single air waybill. The new entity is claimed to bring in more than $800 million each year and move more than one billion pounds (453,000 tonnes) of freight and mail annually.
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