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image: France Hong Kong OOCL TEU container shipping line box ships vesselsMore TEU is Order of the Day as Container Shipping Giants Proliferate
Main Box Lines All Select the Supersize Option

01 April 2015
HONG KONG – SOUTH KOREA – FRANCE – WORLDWIDE – News just seems to be pouring in recently of the ever larger containership new orders, after CMA CGM announced that it is close to finalising a deal for three 20,600 TEU vessels earlier this week, Orient Overseas (International) (OOIL), the parent company of Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), has announced a deal with South Korean shipbuilder, Samsung Heavy Industries for six 21,100 TEU vessels. The container carriers will cost around US$158.6 million each, totalling around US$951.6 million for all six, with the first ship expected to be delivered in November 2017.
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image: UK John G Russell transport short sea freight road haulage cargo cross Channel New Freight Train Service Replaces Road Haulage and Short Sea Cargo Options
Successful Trial Leads to Regular Track Option

01 April 2015
UK – EUROPE – Glasgow based multimodal logistics provider John G Russell (Transport) is literally ‘in the van’ as regards the switch from road haulage and short sea to track borne freight having commenced its new cross-Channel links with France after a successful restricted capacity lasting some months. The company began operating trains between Barking and Dourges, near Lille, in early November, sending goods along HS1 and through the Channel Tunnel and is now operating a daily train Monday to Friday.
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image: US supply chain drones materials handling Deloitte freight shippingReport Foresees Vast Changes in Supply Chain Technologies Within a Decade
Driverless Vehicles and Drones are the Future According to Accountants

31 March 2015
US – WORLDWIDE – Traditional supply chains will radically change over the next 5 to 10 years as a result of new technologies, competition and customer demands, according to a study by the Material Handling Institute (MHI) and accounting giants Deloitte. On average, companies surveyed expect to invest heavily in new supply chain technologies over the next two years, with the top 17% spending over $10 million. One aspect highlighted in the report, titled ‘Supply Chain Innovation - Making the impossible possible’, that affects the freight and shipping industry is the emergence of driverless vehicles and drones.
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image: Volvo cyclists safer HGV truck road haulage LifePaint LondonCyclists Can Save Their Lives for Free as HGV Road Haulage Truck Threat Lowers in London
New Safety Spray Really Can Make a Visible Difference

31 March 2015
UK – With major changes about to be introduced in London as to the layout and equipment of HGVs in a bid to protect more vulnerable road users, particularly cyclists, a major automotive manufacturer has stepped up with a product aimed at making such people safer by their own efforts. 19,000 cyclists are involved in accidents in the UK every year, many killed or seriously injured by road haulage trucks and now the Volvo group have had creative agency Grey London develop a concept to make cyclists more visible at night and, as our photograph shows, the results are quite remarkable.
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image: Switzerland container shipping line TEU ultra large ships vessels MSC Maersk CCNIMajor Moves in Container Shipping Line Businesses This Week
More and Bigger Ships Ordered and Delivered Whilst Partnership Finalised

31 March 2015
SWITZERLAND – SOUTH KOREA – FRANCE – WORLDWIDE – Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has taken delivery of the MSC Oliver, the second in its series of twenty 19,224 TEU container ships, the joint current holders of the title of the world’s largest vessels in terms of capacity, though how long that sticks remains to be seen as rival line CMA CGM becomes the latest group to join the race for the first 20,000+ TEU Ultra-Large Carriers.
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image: Germany Estonia bunker freight vessels Bomin Baltic emission control Bunker Group Will Refuel Freight and Passenger Vessels Under a Different Name
Attempt to Strengthen Brand in Key Baltic Market

31 March 2015
GERMANY – ESTONIA – With the collapse of major bunker suppliers at the end of last year and the sharp drop in fuel prices plus the inception of more stringent emission controls the sector is undergoing many changes as it fights ever harder trading conditions to supply freight and passenger vessels with suitable marine oil products.
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image: UK NOVUS freight HGV drivers guarantee a job logistics supply chainFreight and Logistics Graduate Course Guarantees a Job for Successful Students
Comprehensive Training Covers All Major Points of the Industry

30 March 2015
UK – Whilst all the talk is of the shortfall of HGV drivers and the lack of awareness amongst youngsters regarding the logistics industry as a career, one not-for-profit based scheme is working toward introducing graduate talent into the freight sector by providing two innovative 4-year Supply Chain Management degree courses that will guarantee a job, should the graduate meet the necessary criteria. The NOVUS scheme, brainchild of Andy Kaye, CEO and founder of recruitment and business consultancy BiS Henderson, covers supply chain management and IT, finance, organisational structure and methods, sociology and psychology, transport network and warehouse design, inventory management and HR management.
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image: UK Transaid freight logistics Norbert Dentressangle Princess RoyalPrincess Royal Views Freight and Logistics Outfit at First Hand
Charity Corporate Supporter Honoured by Royal Visit

30 March 2015
UK – WORLDWIDE – In her capacity as Patron of international development charity, Transaid, HRH the Princess Royal has been intimately involved in the world of freight and logistics and today paid a visit to one of the charity’s most active supporters whilst viewing Norbert Dentressangle’s operation in Corby, meeting some of the company’s apprentices and young managers.
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image: UK Virgin Atlantic Cargo UK Pet Travel Scheme airline HeathrowTrial to Make Pets as Air Cargo a Better Experience
Pre-Check Service to Eliminate Stress

30 March 2015
UK – WORLDWIDE – Since the relaxation of Britain’s quarantine laws and the inception of the UK Pet Travel Scheme in 2001 the system has been rolled out over several territories with great support and success. Now Virgin Atlantic Cargo is to partner the City of London’s Heathrow Animal Reception Centre (HARC) to trial a pre-check service for pets landing in the UK on the airline’s flights.
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image: UK tail lift cantilever slider DEL ZEPROTail Lift Specialist Ups Its Game with Move to Heavier Products
Swedish Equipment Will be Marketed in UK by Corporate Sibling

27 March 2015
UK – IRELAND – SWEDEN – Oxford based DEL Equipment (UK), which claims to be Britain’s number one manufacturer of column, tuckaway and bin lifts, has literally raised its game after acquiring the rights to supply, build and support the Swedish manufactured ZEPRO range of cantilever lifts and sliders. Previously DEL has specialised in own lifts, all of which open and close manually whereas the new products are designed for heavy-duty trucks and semi-trailers, and incorporate powered deployment as well as lifting systems.
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