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Another Special Delivery Needs Oversize Charter Aircraft to Meet Time Frame

Damaged Undersea Pipe Demanded Instant Response

UKRAINE – BELGIUM – TURKEY – With a fleet that includes seven AN-124-100 aircraft (payload 150 tonnes) and the largest aircraft in the world, the AN-225 with a 250 tonne capability, the AN-22 with a capacity of just 60 tonnes might seem the minnow in the tank. That would be until you stood under one.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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As New Ship Management Partnership Begins Shadows Fall on Singapore Group

Allegations of Fraud at Oil Trader May Have Repercussions for Shipping Group

SINGAPORE –The Xihe Group, which owns 136 vessels, ranging from small harbour tugs to VLCCs that spans the entire spectrum of the oil tanker market, has appointed V.Group, a global provider of ship management and marine services as the technical manager for 16 of its modern tankers.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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Major Home Grown UK Pallet Distribution Groups Join Up

Member and Management Shared Ownership Model

UK – Pallet distribution group Pall-Ex has acquired the Fortec Distribution Network via a new subsidiary company For-Ex Distribution Network Ltd. The two firms, which were both founded in Leicestershire in 1996, have a combined total of 168 network members, claiming the largest such contingent in the UK and the new company will trade as a separate pallet network under the For-Ex banner.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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Australian Maritime Union Cries Out for Safety and Equality with US Domestic Shipping Regulations

Beirut Blast Shows Up Frailty of Flags of Convenience as Ongoing Protest Adjudged Legal

AUSTRALIA – The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), now known as the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union, but still for some reason sending news items out under the old name, chose not to comment directly on the tragedy in Beirut. Whilst similar international unions such as the ILWU decried the loss of port and logistics workers' lives, the MUA focused on the dangers to its own members, choosing to express regret via International Transport Federation President and MUA National Secretary, Paddy Crumlin's own ITF statement expressing shock and sorrow.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
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What Next for Navigation and Communication on the Oceans as New System Takes Shape?

Musk Shapes Up for Low Orbit Technology Revolution

US – WORLDWIDE – What is it about Elon Musk? Whilst the rest of us debate about electric and autonomous vehicles, he turns Tesla into the world's 'most valuable' car manufacturer, bypassing Toyota. With stock valued at almost $210 billion that means a company that has never recorded a profit overtaking a rival that sold thirty times more cars last year with 1000% more revenues.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
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Doubt Over Brexit Details Concerns Freight Forwarders and Logistics Operators

Once Again Covid Also Muddies the Waters

UK – In the final paragraph of the piece we wrote last week about the government's latest pronouncements on business after Brexit we commented there were still a lot of gaps to be filled in. It seems that was an opinion shared with others, including the British International Freight Association (BIFA).

Monday, August 10, 2020
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New HQ for British Led Guardians of Vital Middle East Waterways

Units Oversee Safe Transit for Shipping

UK – BAHRAIN – Coalition Task Force (CTF) Sentinel, the British-led operational arm of the multi-national International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) which oversees the transit of shipping as it passes through key waterways in the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, the Bab el-Mandeb Strait and the Gulf of Oman, has a new headquarters.

Monday, August 10, 2020
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Personnel Moves in the Transport and General Logistics Sectors

Appointments Start with a Cultural Bent

US – XPO Logistics has announced the appointment of LaQuenta Jacobs to the newly created position of Chief Diversity Officer, effective since August 3. Jacobs will provide cultural leadership and strategic direction as an advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion at XPO. She will report directly to Bradley Jacobs, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Friday, August 7, 2020
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Some Odds and Sods of Global Freight and Logistics News

Pieces You May Have Missed This Week

WORLDWIDE – Shell has signed up for six more dual fuelled LNG carriers, increasing its commitment in the sector to fourteen new builds. The 174,000 m3 vessels are to be constructed in South Korea by Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries and will all feature dual-fuel X-DF engines, boil-off management plants, air lubrication systems and shaft generators for auxiliary power.

Friday, August 7, 2020
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