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image: UK Europe GDPR data protection CCTV freight scanner Logistics PanasonicFreight and Logistics Firms Should Consider Technology Available to Comply with GDPR
In May EU Data Protection Gets a Lot More Important

22 February 2018
UK – EUROPE – WORLDWIDE – As most European businesses are aware, the existing data collection and retention regulations are to be beefed up on the 25 May 2018 with the intention of strengthening and unifying data protection for all individuals within the EU. Penalties for breaches under the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are as much as €20million or up to 4% of a company's annual worldwide turnover, and companies in the freight and logistics professions should avail themselves of both the facts, and ways to ensure they comply.
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image: UK KFC fast food DHL logistics freight parcel GMBUnion Spitting Feathers Over Freight Firms Continuing Logistics Problems Delivering Chicken to KFC
The Fast in Food Can Have Two Definitions (think about it...)

21 February 2018
UK – As the KFC - DHL (fowl up, cock up, insert pun here) continues, the humorous notes have fallen from the scale to be replaced by anger at the treatment of the fried chicken company's staff, franchised or otherwise, following a problem caused by an inability to ensure a smooth transition from one reliable logistics contractor, food delivery specialist outfit Bidvest, to general freight and parcel goliath DHL.
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image: Europe RoRo shipping cartel antitrust anti-competitive fines RoRo Shipping Cartel Hit with Yet More Fines for Anti-Competitive Practices
EU Imposes Hundreds of Millions of Euros in Penalties on Collaborating Carriers

21 February 2018
EUROPE – We return yet again to one of the ongoing scandals of the industry with the news that the European Commission has imposed total fines of €395 million on five international shipping companies over allegations that the carriers violated European competition laws by colluding to segment the market of ocean shipping services for RoRo cargo. The lines involved in the cartel have all seen heavy fines previously levied against them in Korea, the US and elsewhere for a multitude of anti-competitive practices worldwide, with each collecting millions of dollars in fines for similar offences.
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image: UK rail freight trucks carriage supply chain research innovation UKRRIN infrastructure Rail Supply Chain Partners Join Academics to Develop UK Infrastructure of the Future
Ninety Million Pound Investment in Four Centres of Excellence

21 February 2018
UK – As a result of a report from the Rail Supply Group (RSG) published in February 2016 'Fast Track to the Future', which recommended the establishment of a network of centres of excellence across the UK, so the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) has now come into being to bring together the world of academia and the rail industry. The University of Birmingham led a consortium of universities, partnered by leading industry supply chain partners and major UK rail industry clients (Network Rail, HS2 Ltd, TfL) to develop a £90 million proposal to create and operate the new UKRRIN Centres of Excellence.
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image: US the New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX) container freight bulk cargo box trade Exchange for International Container Freight Launches Member Council
Box Line Shipping Talent Added to Board of Directors

20 February 2018
US – WORLDWIDE – It has long been the vision of many, both in the supply and carriage of cargo, to introduce a container freight shipping exchange, much as bulk cargo contracts are negotiated, traded and settled in London on the Baltic Exchange. Hitherto various constraints have inhibited forward trade on such a basis, with aspirations never being realised, but in 2015 came the formation of the New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX) which is attempting to enable the box trade to operate to some degree on similar lines.
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image: South Africa Italy Unique Pilotage Service AgustaWestland AW 109 helicopters ships vesselsNew Helicopters to Provide Unique Pilotage Service for Visiting Ships
Order for Fleet Replacements Signed

20 February 2018
SOUTH AFRICA – The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has concluded negotiations and signed an agreement for the manufacture, supply and delivery of two new helicopters to service ships calling at the Ports of Durban and Richards Bay. South Africa is understood to be one of only three countries in the world that offer a unique Helicopter Marine Pilotage Service and TNPA Chief Executive, Shulami Qalinge, said clients would welcome the prospect of improved operational efficiency and safety from TNPA's marine aviation service, adding:
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image: Europe LNG ballast water energy efficiency Green Shipping Market maritime transport environmental finance ships vesselsThree Hundred Million Euro Funding Initiative for a Green European Shipping Market
Financial Giants to Support Environmentally Friendly Maritime Transport

20 February 2018
EUROPE – The European Investment Bank (EIB), and global financial institution ING, have signed an agreement to support green investments for the European shipping market for a total value of €300 million. ING and EIB will each equally contribute €150 million to the facility, which aims to ensure that sponsors of green and sustainable projects in the maritime transport sector can benefit from advantageous financial terms. The facility is available to clients with significant European interests, and can be used for projects with a green innovation element covering the construction of new vessels or retrofitting of existing ships and applies to both inland shipping and seagoing operators.
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image: European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) road haulage freight drunk driver alcohol locks truckNew European Safety Report Insists Alcohol Locks Must be Fitted to All Road Haulage Freight Trucks
How Long Will Brussels Wait to Ensure HGV Drivers Comply?

20 February 2018
EUROPE – For almost a decade we have been writing about the possibility of ensuring road haulage operators prevent their truck drivers from taking to the road whilst under the influence of alcohol. Despite a plethora of devices available to prevent a vehicle from starting the engine until the person in charge has performed a breath test enabling the ignition system to operate, very few freight companies have taken up the option without mandatory enforcement.
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image: UK DHL KFC chicken logistics freight contract Logistics Group DHL Left with Egg on Face After Chicken Distribution Contract Called Bird Brained
Hundreds of KFC Restaurants Close as Supplies Fly the Coop

19 February 2018
UK – When logistics outfit DHL took over the contract to distribute supplies of chicken to the hundreds of restaurants run by Kentucky Fried Chicken from former transport supplier Bidvest, it can hardly have imagined the wrath it would engender when it managed to separate the parents and children of the nation from one of their favourite fast foods. The freight group assumed responsibility for KFC distribution last week and now the Colonel has had to set up a Facebook page so buyers can find the nearest of his outlet's still serving.
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image: Norway multimodal logistics terminal UK Port of Fredrikstad baled refuse derived fuel (RDF) Geminor DFDS export commodityNew Multimodal Logistics Terminal to Aid UK Recycling Concerns
Waste to be Exported as Fuel

19 February 2018
UK – NORWAY – With the headlines in the UK full of stories regarding China's refusal to accept any more of the UK's recycled rubbish, the search is on for a new way to dispose of something which, in recent years, has been the country's biggest export commodity by volume. Now comes news of a new multimodal logistics terminal at the Port of Fredrikstad which may go some way to alleviate the problem.
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