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image: UK France RoRo Freight and Passenger Cross Channel Ferry Service Eurotunnel MyFeryLink SeaFranceRoRo Freight and Passenger Cross Channel Ferry Service Awaits Competition Appeal Verdict
End for Long Running Saga May be in Sight at Last

25 November 2014
UK – FRANCE – The long running saga which commenced when the French RoRo freight and passenger ferry service, SeaFrance, went into receivership in 2010 and bankruptcy a year later, looks set to take another twist as the appeal by Eurotunnel to save its own cross channel sea borne service, MyFerryLink, has closed whilst a decision is reached.
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image: Australia container ship vessel managed port Another Container Vessel Banned from Australian Waters
Repeated Offences Indicate Maladministration

25 November 2014
AUSTRALIA – The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued a direction to the Indonesian flagged container ship Territory Trader, prohibiting her from entering or using any port in Australia for three months, due to repeated detentions with a history of machinery and equipment malfunctions, and breakdowns. The Territory Trader has been detained by AMSA on three occasions since July 2013 which has prompted serious concerns the vessel is not being operated or managed to meet applicable standards.
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image: US road haulage freight gasoline prices American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Anthony FoxxWill US Road Haulage and Freight Sector Pay to Replace Crumbling Transport Infrastructure
Whilst Bridges, Railways, Ports and Airports Crumble Politicians Continue to Dither

25 November 2014
US – This week saw Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation, address members of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) to discuss the perennial problem which the government faces, the need to sort out long term funding to address the country’s literally crumbling transport infrastructure. This is an issue crucial to the road haulage and freight community but one which the Congress has managed to fudge an astonishing 28 times in six years by passing short term funding.
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image: Wakefield UK cargo freight transport Associated British Ports modal shift waterNorthern England Aims to Increase Freight Opportunities
Two Efforts to Promote Regional Growth

24 November 2014
UK – Yorkshire seems to be a hotbed of activity for freight this month with two significant events aimed at increasing the throughput of cargo in the West of the county. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) will be promoting modal change and encouraging the use of canals and inland waterways whilst Associated British Ports’ (ABP) is investigating the promotion of export opportunities in the company of the local Council.
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image: Europe docker European Commission (EC) freight International Transport Workers’ Federation ITF port cargo Dock Labour Scheme infrastructure dockDock Unions Concerned with EU Attitude to the Future of Freight Handling in the Ports
Language Harks Back to Another Era

24 November 2014
EUROPE – In language reminiscent of the UK dock disputes of the 1960’s a meeting of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has issued what it describes as ‘a strong warning’ to the European Commission (EC) over the future of the continent’s ports. The union organisation is concerned that what it terms ‘fair practices’ will be abandoned by the authorities who they feel have a different agenda a regards the handling of freight.
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image: Cargolux Luxembourg air freight cargo carrier ZhengzhouAir Freight Service Takes Off at Speed for All Cargo Airline
10,000 Tonnes Recorded in a Mere Five Months

23 November 2014
LUXEMBOURG – CHINA – New air freight ventures can be somewhat speculative by their very nature but all cargo airline Cargolux seems to have got it right with its decision to commence a service from its Findel, Luxembourg hub to and from Zhengzhou. Barely five months after the start-up of air freight services between the two Cargolux celebrated the first 10,000 tonnes of good carried on the route.
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image: UK road haulage FairFuel UK taxes duty Freight transportRoad Haulage and Freight Interests Continue to Back FairFuel UK Calls For Lower Prices
Duty Needs Cutting Whilst Receipts Should Have More Transparency

23 November 2014
UK – The picture shows a receipt which the FairFuelUK Campaign presented to Priti Patel, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, to demonstrate the taxes involved when filling up with fuel and to back up the campaign’s appeal to the Treasury Minister in person for an Oil Pricing Enquiry and a reduction of 3 pence per litre in fuel duty when the government reveals its Autumn Statement. The campaign is backed by both the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and the Freight Transport Association (FTA).
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image: Mexico CSAV Hapag Lloyd container shipping lines freight agreementContainer Shipping Lines Freight Agreement Ratified
Mexican Authorities Give the Nod but Two More to Go

22 November 2014
MEXICO – WORLDWIDE – The proposed merger between Hapag Lloyd and Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) is close to being finalised after the Mexican completion regulator approved the transaction unconditionally. Only two antitrust authorities, Ukraine and China, have yet to announce their decisions, but if approved, the merged company will become the fourth largest container shipping company in the world with some 200 vessels, an annual transport volume of 7.5 million TEU and a combined turnover of approximately $12 billion.
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image: IMO Arctic Antarctic Polar code vessels ships seafarers Praise for Adoption of Polar Code for Vessels Operating in the Harshest Conditions
IMO Ratifies Agreed Standards as Expected

22 November 2014
ANTARCTIC – ARCTIC – The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has reached a major milestone in its efforts to protect ships and both the seafarers and the passengers on board, with the adoption of the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), and related amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) to make it mandatory. The Polar Code will apply to both cargo vessels, with a gross tonnage above 500, and to passenger ships. The proposal to adopt the measure was met with praise from international shipping lobbies earlier this year.
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image: Japan US freight rates air cargo container shipping lines ocean ANA Air Freight Agreement Reflects Ocean Container Shipping Lines Cargo Cooperative Deals
Antitrust Authorities Will Look Closely at Proposals to Offer Single Rate Policy

22 November 2014
JAPAN – US – EUROPE – All Nippon Airways (ANA) have filed an application with the Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) for antitrust immunity in order to launch another strategic air freight joint venture, this time with American carrier, United Airlines, on routes between the US and Asia. The move reflects the attitude of the big ocean container shipping lines, many of whom have been rushing to pair up with cargo carrying competitors in the name of efficiency.
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