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image: Pentalver London Gateway container handling deep water port logistics storage box facilityContainer Specialist Opens New Box Handling, Storage and Maintenance Facility at Deep Water Port
Pentalver Pushes on with Another Development

31 July 2015
UK – Following the announcement in January that it would be opening a new container facility within London Gateway, the Thames side deep water port, box handling and transport group Pentalver has now officially begun operations from the new five acre site making the company the largest container service operator at the port. Times are busy for the Southampton headquartered firm, it is less than two months since Pentalver began expanded operations from its new automated handling facility just upstream at Tilbury.
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image: South Africa Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) antitrust RoRo vehicle shipping lawsuit cartelMore Antitrust Fines for RoRo Vehicle Shipping Giant Which Colluded with Competitors in Cartel
Competition Commission Doles Out Multi-Million Dollar Penalty

31 July 2015
SOUTH AFRICA – NORWAY – Norwegian headquartered shipping line Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has reached a settlement agreement with the South African Competition Commission (SACC) for violating the country’s Competition Act by colluding with competitors to fix the prices of ocean freight services on motor vehicles shipped to and from South Africa. The case is reminiscent of that of the antitrust lawsuit underway in the US which has so far seen several well-known RoRo cargo carriers penalised millions and some employees jailed for similar cartel activities.
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image: Switzerland HNA logistics cargo handling Swissport Chinese airport management aviation tourismAirport Management and Logistics Group Buys Swiss Cargo Handling Outfit
Equity Firm Sells Up to Chinese Conglomerate

31 July 2015
SWITZERLAND – CHINA – WORLDWIDE – European private equity firm PAI Partners, has signed an agreement to sell ground handling and cargo services provider Swissport International, to Chinese conglomerate HNA Group for a total transaction value of CHF 2.7 billion. Upon closing of the transaction, which is subject to approval by Chinese authorities and is expected to occur by the end of the year, Swissport will remain as a stand-alone business within HNA Group, complementing HNA’s existing activities which include aviation, airport management, logistics and tourism.
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image: US Department of Transport Global road haulage and freight Highway Trust Fund TIGER grant programme politiciansUS Transport Infrastructure Debacle Continues as Global Road Haulage and Freight Interests Look On
Seemingly Never Ending Lack of Political Will and a Paucity of Funds for Highways

31 July 2015
US – American politicians have for generations often been accused of being self-absorbed and ignoring the world at large, but currently the majority seem oblivious to the fact that they are often viewed as ridiculous by overseas observers, obviously by some who concentrate on the gun laws issue, but many operators of global freight and road haulage businesses are staggered by the intransigence and political polarisation which the funding for the nations transport infrastructure via the Highway Trust Fund has engendered.
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image: US cold supply chain food waste environmental obscenity charity Carrier UTC Cold Supply Chain Technology Leader Promotes New Environmental Publication with Profits to Charity
Stunning Facts Behind the Obscenity of Wasted Food Revealed in Climate Change Book

31 July 2015
US – WORLDWIDE – As a leader in the field of cold chain transport technology the Carrier organisation knows better than most the importance of preserving fresh food as it travels through the supply chain. Now the company is using that unique perspective on the global food system to highlight the stunning amount of food wasted globally and pointing out that, if food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China and the United States. Carrier is publicising a cheap, easily accessible paperback which highlights the environmental obscenity which is discarded produce.
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image: UK France road haulage freight HGV migrant Kent drivers hours Calais Eurotunnel police Staggering Migrant Figures as Road Haulage Freight Drivers Continue to Suffer at Calais
From France to Kent HGV Professionals Receive Little Support from the Authorities

30 July 2015
FRANCE – UK – As the chronic delays for road haulage operators continue, and as the migrant situation in and around Calais shows no sign of abating, we see and hear tales of death and despondency, with freight vehicles held in enormous queues on either side of the Channel this week, and statements from both governments involved, the French promising more police, the British agreeing to a relaxation of drivers hours for those stuck in the seemingly endless jam. Road haulage operators are up in arms, not just those based in the two countries directly involved, but from Ireland and other points throughout Europe.
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image: London International Shipping Week UK register vessel Mission to SeafarersAs Global Shipping Gathers Vessel Registers Host Charity Event in London's Special Week
Biennial Event Has a Host of Attractions This Year Including Seafarers Reception

30 July 2015
UK – The biennial London International Shipping Week will take place this year between 7 – 11 September and 2015 will see the usual host of events to celebrate the occasion. Not least of these will be a major shipping reception on Wednesday 9 September in aid of global maritime welfare charity The Mission to Seafarers. Six British shipping registers, which work together under the banner the ‘Red Ensign Group’ (REG) will host the fundraising event to be held in the offices of shipping lawyers Ince and Co.
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image: US Canada Lac-Mégantic rail freight disaster cargo flammable dangerous FRAHorrendous Freight Train Incident Prompts Dangerous Rail Cargo Rule Change
After Forty Seven Die Safety Authorities Act to Prevent Repetition of Lac-Megantic

30 July 2015
US – In the wake of Canada's calamitous 2013 Lac-Mégantic rail freight disaster, the US Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a final rule to prevent unattended trains which are carrying highly flammable cargo from rolling away. It is now a mandatory requirement that railroad employees responsible for securing a train must communicate with another qualified individual, also trained in the railroad’s securement requirements, to verify that trains and equipment are properly secured.
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image: Dubai port container TEU freight terminal construction Jebel Ali T4 quay reclaimed land islandAnother Huge TEU Increase for Arabian Container Port with New Freight Terminal Development
Billion Dollar Construction Begins

29 July 2015
DUBAI – Port operator DP World, has announced the start of construction work on a brand new $1.6 billion container terminal at Jebel Ali Port, Dubai. Located on an island of reclaimed land north of the existing Terminal 2, phase 1 of the Container Terminal 4 (T4) project will deliver new capacity of 3.1 million TEU by 2018, taking Jebel Ali Port’s total freight capacity to an astounding 22.1 million TEU, this for a port which didn’t start operations until 1979. The port complex will be equipped with at least 110 cranes with a total quay length of around 11,000 metres.
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image: DSV road haulage part load groupage Poland UK freight logistics Freight and Logistics Group Offers Free Gifts for New Customers Using New Routes
Part Load and Groupage Services Open Between Poland and the UK

29 July 2015
POLAND – UK – Freight and logistics group DSV, which now claims to be the world’s fifth largest freight service provider, has extended its road haulage services between the UK and Poland, from its existing routes at the company’s terminals in Warsaw, Wroclaw and Łódź, DSV has now added facilities at Gdansk and Poznan to enable coverage of all of the country’s industrial areas. Part load and groupage services to the UK have developed as Poland’s industry has taken off since EU membership, and DSV is celebrating the inauguration of the new routes by offering ‘Goody Bags’ to all new customers using them until August 31.
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