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Incoming ULEZ Will Hit London Road Haulage Operators Hard as TfL Issues Stark Reminder
Beware - Along with Christmas and Brexit Another Unavoidable Event Approaches

12/6/2018
UK – For private motorists and commercial vehicle drivers in London alike, as with Christmas and Brexit the introduction of the Ultra Low Emissi...
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New Grants Available from This Week to Assist in Customs Procedures Staff Training and IT Needs
Freight Associations and Logistics Interests Have Guided Government Policy

12/6/2018
UK – The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has pointed out that from this week, after the government recognised one of the key po...
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New Report Has Concerns Over Passage of Container Ships and Tankers Due to Tug Captains Fatigue
Panama Canal Safety Culture Increases the Risk of Accidents Says Union

12/6/2018
PANAMA – The last time we reported that the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) was not satisfied with safety regulations reg...
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Freight Forwarder Flies in Medical Relief to Combat Staggering Scale of Suffering
Sixth Mercy Flight in Place of Gifts for Customers and Staff

12/6/2018
SOUTH SUDAN – SWITZERLAND – Swiss headquartered freight forwarder, Panalpina has once again assisted global children's charity, UNICEF, by...
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First Ocean Container Carrier Signs Up With Online Cargo Management Agency
Freight Bookings, Tariff Prices and Secure Spaces Available Instantly

12/6/2018
FRANCE – WORLDWIDE – The CMA CGM Group has announced that it has signed an ambitious pilot agreement with Freightos, the global online fre...
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From Container Ships to Tankers Global Vessel Operators Must Face Emissions Crisis
Shipping Giant Has Spent a Billion Dollars So Far to Help Cut Pollution

12/5/2018
DENMARK – Shipping behemoth AP Moller - Maersk, which under the group brand runs a diverse fleet of vessels, from container ships to tankers and...
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Now the Latest Freight Modal Development Comes to German Container Port as Hyperloop Planned
Magnetic Levitation Project Planned as New Intermodal Cargo Option

12/5/2018
GERMANY – The interesting development of the latest high tech, modal freight system which we have been following continues as Hyperloop Transpor...
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Freight Forwarding and Logistics Outfit Join Charity Drive (or rather Cycle) with Rugby World Cup
Ambitious Pair Have to Pedal Through 23 Countries in 231+ Days to Reach Japan

12/4/2018
UK – JAPAN – AND ALL POINTS IN BETWEEN – Both the game of rugby and the freight forwarding and logistics industries tend to have big...
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Warning to Port and Container Terminal Operators as Fatal Accident Fines Near 1.5 Million Pounds
Single Avoidable Death in Immingham Docks Cost Facility, Shipping and Security Companies Dear

12/4/2018
UK – Associated British Ports (ABP), DFDS Seaways, and ICTS (UK) have been fined after a security guard was fatally injured when he was struck b...
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Two Guilty in Latest Freight Forwarding Antitrust Case After Rates Fixing with Logistics Competitors
Dip Ship Senior Executives Fined

12/4/2018
US – Following our report in July that the US Department of Justice had arrested two freight forwarding executives alleged to have illegally agr...
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Ports and Harbours Group Advances the Cause of LNG as Fuel for Cruise, Cargo and Container Ships
Audit Tool in Use in Rotterdam as Dunkirk Vastly Expands Liquid Natural Gas Bunkering

12/4/2018
UK – NETHERLANDS – FRANCE – The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), a not-for-profit global alliance of roughly 1...
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Giant Musical Stadium Extravaganza Needed an Equivalent Airfreight Carrier
Taylor Swift Reputation Tour Calls on Airborne Leviathans

12/3/2018
AUSTRALIA – NEW ZEALAND – JAPAN – Anyone who has ever had anything to do with the music industry knows nowadays the bigger the star,...
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Shipping and Logistics Needs Protection from Cyber Threat After Costly Attacks
New Clause to Ensure Contract Partners Can Cope

12/3/2018
NORWAY – UK – WORLDWIDE – Following the extremely costly cyber attacks on the Maersk, Clarkson and COSCO operations this year the Ba...
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Transport and Logistics Awards Celebrate Women in Freight and Passenger Sectors
everywoman Nominations are Now Open

12/3/2018
UK – Nominations have now opened for the 2019 everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards and a new, additional category is being added this ...
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Freight Association Supports the everywoman Transport and Logistics Awards - and so Should You!
A Chance to Put a Crack in the Glass Ceiling

12/29/2017

UK – Every year organisations such as everywoman strive to push the case for more women working in the shipping sector and you have only unti...
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Rail Freight Group Subject to EU Competition Investigation
Accusations of Unfair State Aid to be Probed

12/28/2017
ROMANIA – CFR Marfa, fully state owned and one of the country's major rail freight operators, has been struggling with debt for almost a de...
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Freight Road Haulage Vehicles to be Restricted by Another Low Emission Zone
Seven Day A Week Ban Will Affect Urban Deliveries and Collections

12/27/2017
BELGIUM – With the drive for cleaner air sweeping across Europe at pace it was never going to be long before the city generally considered to be...
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Major Global Freight and Logistics Firm Eyed by On Line Retail Outfit
Big Acquisition Specialist Itself May Be a Target

12/27/2017
US – WORLDWIDE – Rumours of the possible takeover of freight and warehousing group XPO Logistics by the Home Depot organisation continue a...
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Another Sad Loss to the Rail Freight Industry as we Review Staff Changes in Shipping and Logistics
Who is Going Where (and Who Isn't Any More)

12/22/2017

WORLDWIDE – The fast approaching Christmas break has made for a shorter than usual list of appointments and departures in the freight and log...
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Ports Group Buys Half of Netherlands Based Warehousing, Logistics and Cargo Handling Outfit
Hong Kong Based Group Extends European Portfolio

12/22/2017
BENELUX – Hutchison Ports has announced its acquisition of a 50% shareholding in TMA Logistics BV (TMA). The company has a variety of genera...
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New Safety Systems for Freight Trains Ordered Whilst EU Blasts Inefficiencies in Track Borne Cargo
US Crash Turns Spotlight on Driver Warnings and Autonomous Controls

12/22/2017
EUROPE – UK – As the row rages in the US over Amtrak and Sound Transit failing to switch on new mandatory train safety systems which would...
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Update on Cyber Attack on Freight and Logistics Firms Starts this Week's News Round Up
Some of the items you may well have overlooked in the past 7 days

12/22/2017
WORLDWIDE – We begin this week's round-up of some international news in the freight and logistics world which you may have missed with an u...
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Future of Vital Island RoRo Freight and Passenger Services Again in the Spotlight
Scottish Ministers Talk of Ceasing Tendering Process

12/21/2017
UK – Brexit it seems gets into everything these days. The announcement by Transport & Islands Minister, Humza Yousaf MSP that contracts for vita...
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As London Suspends Congestion and Toxicity Charges Other Cities Move Toward Clean Air Zones
Leeds and Sheffield to Introduce Restrictions on Road Haulage Freight Vehicles

12/21/2017
UK – First the good news, in London the Congestion Charge and T Charge will be suspended from Saturday 23 December until Monday 1 January inclus...
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Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic gets a Fifty Year Update
Latest IMO Convention Amendments Now Available

12/20/2017
WORLDWIDE – As acronyms go the FAL convention from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a complete non-starter, at least to an Engli...
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Freight Forwarding and Logistics Group Warns of Potential Chinese Import Problems
John Good Shipping Touches on a Perennial Complication

12/20/2017
UK – CHINA – With the whole of the British freight and logistics profession only currently having eyes for the Christmas period comes a ti...
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New Tesla Electric Heavy Haulage Truck Set to Change the Freight Industry as Orders Come In
(but all depends on that key battery life)

12/20/2017
US – As with anything having the name Tesla attached, the updates on the new all electric semi-truck from the company are accompanied by a friss...
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US Freight and Passenger Rail Carriers Still Slow to Introduce Mandatory Safety Technology
PTC System Could Probably Have Prevented Latest Amtrak Crash

12/20/2017
US – The Amtrak train wreck this week which killed three people and injured dozens has reinvigorated the argument for positive train control (PT...
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Supply Chain Automation Technology Moves on with On Line Retail Driving the Changes
New Electrical Systems Installed by Battery Group

12/19/2017
UK – As warehouse handling processes become ever more automated with the evolution of new systems, on line retailers are in the vanguard of such...
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Work on River Thames Wharf Holds Promise for Water Borne Freight Development
Commercial Quay Coming Back to Life

12/19/2017
UK – We have often observed at how the River Thames is being reinvigorated through the services of the Port of London Authority (PLA) and other ...
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Freight Forwarding and Logistics Group Buys Into Belgian Perishables Market
Takeover of Established Cool Chain Providers

12/19/2017
SWITZERLAND – BELGIUM – Subject to approvals Swiss freight forwarding and logistics group Panalpina is to acquire two Belgian companies we...
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Objections to Weakening HGV Driver CPC Qualifications Throughout Europe
Safety Outfit Condemns EU Proposals and Looks for More Regulation for Vans

12/18/2017
EUROPE – The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) which lobbies the European Commission, the European Parliament, and Member States on trans...
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Multimodal Rail Cargo Grows as Port Hits Million Tonne Rail Freight Target
New Record in Single Year Set by Deep Water Facility

12/18/2017
UK – Britain's largest container port, the Hutchison Ports owned Port of Felixstowe, has set a new record by handling over a million tonnes...
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Increased Freight and Logistics Activity Prompts Billion Pound Development of Port
New Facility to Handle RoRo Ferries, Container Ships, Construction Materials and Cars

12/18/2017
UK – It would seem, despite the development of the 'Northern Powerhouse' that the thirst for growth in the London and South Eastern re...
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Some Smaller Items of Supply Chain and Logistics News You May Have Missed
Happenings in the Freight Domain Announced This Week

12/15/2017
US – INDIA – We start the snippets of the week with the news that Advanfort, the US based security company which lost all credibility wh...
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Appointments and Departures in Freight and Logistics This Week
Sad News Starts Announcements Along the Supply Chain

12/15/2017
WORLDWIDE – Sad news begins our round up of appointments and departures in the world of freight and logistics as the International Air Cargo Ass...
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All Electric Light Duty Trucks Commence Freight Transport with Several Major Logistics Groups
Daimler Vehicles for Freight Forwarding Companies Urban Deliveries

12/15/2017
EUROPE – Daimler Trucks is handing over the first units of its all-electric FUSO eCanter to European customers, international freight forwarding...
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New Container Freight Terminal to be Constructed in Canadian Port as European Trade Gateway
St Lawrence Corridor Extends its Handling Capabilities to Compete with US Facilities

12/15/2017
CANADA – The Québec Port Authority (QPA) has announced plans to build a container freight terminal at the site of the Beauport 2020 proje...
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New In House Freight Insurance Bundle Launched by Major Container Shipping Line
Cargo Value Protection Against Unforeseen Events at Sea

12/14/2017
FRANCE – The CMA CGM Group has launched its solution to deal with unforeseen events during freight transport. 'SERENITY by CMA CGM', wha...
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Urban Supply Chain to be in the Spotlight at Feeding the Cities Summit
UK Warehousing Association Follows up on Food Based Logistics

12/14/2017
UK – Following the release of its thought provoking report 'Feeding London 2030' in January, the United Kingdom Warehousing Associatio...
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Container Shipping Analysis Forecasts More Freight Alliances and Acquisitions
Ratings Agency Comments on Global Box Trade

12/14/2017
WORLDWIDE – Consolidation, whether through alliances or mergers and acquisition (M&A), will continue apace in the container shipping industry in...
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Inaugural Freight Transport Association Logistics Awards a Night to Remember
(and Doubtless to be Repeated after Such Initial Success)

12/14/2017
UK – Last night, in the plush surroundings of the Intercontinental in London's Park Lane, the inaugural Freight Transport Association (FTA)...
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Captain Blamed for Tragic End to RoRo/LoLo Cargo Ship Which Cost Thirty Three Lives
Vessel Operator Shares Responsibility for Inadequate Safety Measures

12/13/2017
US – After a 26-month review of the sinking of the US flagged RoRo/LoLo cargo vessel, El Faro in 2015, the National Transportation Safety...
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Truck Maker Appeals Fine Despite Legal Action from Road Haulage Customers
Manufacturer Maintains It Has Not Been Party to Cartel Activity

12/13/2017
EUROPE – Having received a fine of over €880 million in September this year for its alleged role in a cartel with several other truck manuf...
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Evolving Battery Technology Suits Popular Road Haulage Freight Truck Models
Discharged Units Could be a Thing of the Past with Gel Solution

12/13/2017
SWEDEN – WORLDWIDE – Volvo Trucks is introducing a new battery system for Volvo FH and Volvo FM models, popular units for many freight and...
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New Port Works Finish Ahead of Schedule - Facilities Plan to Handle 22,000 TEU Container Ships
Dredging Works Open Up Centuries Old Freight Harbour to New Generation of Vessels

12/12/2017
TAIWAN ‐ Dredging group Van Oord recently completed the expansion of the Port of Kaohsiung, eight weeks ahead of schedule. The client, the state ...
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Project Freight Forwarding Specialist Ships Vital Parts for European Energy of the Future
Special Fastening System Engineered for Baltic Sea Transit

12/12/2017
DENMARK – GERMANY – Martin Bencher recently shipped the transition pieces for the Arkona Offshore Wind Farm on behalf of manufacturer Blad...
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Intermodal Freight Stakeholders Gather to Discuss Disruption to Rail Cargo and Possible Solutions
Aftershocks from Rastatt Rail Tunnel Collapse Lingers On

12/12/2017
GERMANY – SWITZERLAND – EUROPE – The disastrous rail tunnel collapse at Rastatt in August prompted Swiss based intermodal operator H...
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Another Purchase Sees French Container Line Continue Freight Fleet Expansion Policy
South American Purchase Confirmed by Regulators

12/12/2017
FRANCE – DENMARK – SOUTH AMERICA – French shipping group, CMA CGM has completed the acquisition of Mercosul Line from Danish contain...
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Ferry Company Will No Longer Supply UK HGV Levy Passes to Foreign Road Haulage Drivers
Truckers Warned to Ensure They Pay Toll Before Entering Britain

12/11/2017
UK – The Department for Transport has issued a special Christmas 2017 edition of its HGV Levy bulletin to keep overseas drivers and road haulage...
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Brexit News Cheers Road Haulage Freight and Forwarding Interests
Associations Greet Government Progress

12/11/2017
UK – EUROPE – It is safe to say that, when the subject of Brexit is mentioned in the company of anyone linked to the supply chain, there i...
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Container Shipping and Marine Services Group Subsidiary Supports US Defense Logistics Agency
Warmer Climes than Usual for Fuel Supply Experts

12/11/2017
PUERTO RICO – When we follow the fortunes of Crowley Fuels, subsidiary of the Crowley Maritime Corporation, the US container and general cargo s...
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Death of a Veteran Leads Staff News in the Road Haulage, Freight and Logistics Sectors
Two Industry Stalwarts Pass in the Last Few Weeks

12/8/2017
UK – A sad start to the weekly round-up of staff changes in the global freight and logistics industry with the passing of two road haulage indus...
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P&I Club Celebrates its Centenary with an Unusual Twist
American Flavour in the Most British of Surroundings

12/8/2017
UK – US – The prestigious surroundings of Merchant Taylors' Hall, which has occupied the same site in the very heart of London's...
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More Everyday News from the World of Freight Transport, Road Haulage and Logistics This Week
Some Items You May Have Missed

12/8/2017
WORLDWIDE – A host of smaller items from around the globe this week involving the logistics industry as much of the world gears up for the usual...
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Rail Freight Debates Continue from Longer Trains and Death on the Tracks to Intermodal Connectivity
Global Problems and Plans in the Track Borne Sector

12/8/2017
US – GERMANY – NORWAY – UK – Both bulk and intermodal rail freight has been very much in the news this week, mostly unfortunat...
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Last Chance for a Great Night Out at the Freight Transport Association Logistics Awards
Alistair McGowan to Host First Ever Glittering Occasion

12/7/2017
UK – This is your very last chance to attend what is firmly set to become one of the highlight's of the UK shipping calendar when world fam...
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Supply Chain and Logistics Group Make Shipping Sculptures and Art Form
Tigers Move Lions (and now Leopards, Mice etc. etc.)

12/7/2017
SOUTH AFRICA – UK – Hong Kong headquartered supply chain and e-commerce specialist Tigers has transported 29 large bronze wildlife sculptu...
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As Crew Are Finally Freed the Anti-Piracy Saga of the Chennai Six, and 29 Colleagues is Over
End of a Sordid Tale of Arms, Lies, Inaction and Injustice

12/6/2017
INDIA – UK – ESTONIA – UKRAINE – With the first of the so-called 'Chennai Six' landing in Britain today, it is final...
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Maritime Unions Join the Debate on Vital Freight and Passenger Lifeline Ferry Routes
Government Debate on Funding as Licence End Dates Loom

12/6/2017
UK – It would appear that we are about to embark on another voyage around the choppy waters of Scottish inter-island freight and passenger ferry...
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Mediterranean Shipping Company Container Fleet Gets an Overhaul to Optimise Cargo Carrying Capacity
Finnish Group Sets to Work on Thirty One MSC Vessels

12/6/2017
FINLAND – SWITZERLAND – Marine engineering group MacGregor has received orders to revise the container carrying capabilities of 31 vessels...
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Third Largest Global Container Shipping Line Getting its House in Order
French Giant Reshuffles its Acquisitions

12/6/2017
FRANCE – WORLDWIDE – The CMA CGM Group, third largest container shipping line in the world, has announced the merger of two of its subsidi...
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Logistics Group Takes on Freight Conversion Aircraft for Asia Pacific Fleet
Potential Orders for Seventeen More Airbus Planes in Pipeline

12/5/2017
GERMANY – Logistics group DHL Express has taken delivery of an A330-300 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) converted aircraft from Elbe Flugzeugwerke ...
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3D Printing Produces a Unique Propeller Under Watchful Eye of Vessel Certification Group
Made to Order Part Crafted From 298 Layers of Metal Alloy

12/5/2017
NETHERLANDS – WORLDWIDE – Following a rigorous testing process, verified by Bureau Veritas, Damen Shipyard Group has unveiled what it says...
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Space Technology to be Applied to Autonomous Shipping Services
Two Industrial Giants Collaborate on Logistical Advances

12/5/2017
EUROPE – Rolls-Royce and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) agreement aimed at pursuing space activities i...
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Freight Forwarder and Container Shipping Line to Cut Carbon Dioxide Emissions
News of Finalised Merger as Two Logistics Giants Tie Up Climate Change Deal

12/5/2017
WORLDWIDE – Two of Europe's biggest logistics groups, container line Hapag-Lloyd and freight forwarder Kuehne + Nagel, have committed thems...
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Heavy Lift Vessel Specialist Hits New High Shipping Variety of Pleasure and Freight Vessels
Forty Five Yachts Moved in a Single Consignment

12/4/2017
GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – Our photograph shows an impressive first for project shipping specialists Hansa Heavy Lift which says it has strengt...
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UK Warehousing Association Welcomes Government Plans to Study Freight and Logistics Infrastructure
UKWA Has Long Foreseen Potential Problems Ahead in the Supply Chain

12/4/2017
UK – Many in the logistics sector worry that the government are not facing up to the potential problems faced by the most essential of our indus...
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Nominate Now for the everywoman Freight Transport and Logistics Awards
(and you don't even have to be female anymore...)

12/4/2017
UK – Nominations are now open as the Freight Transport Association (FTA) once more co-sponsors the 2018 FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics ...
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Road Haulage Operators Dread Even More Emission Areas for Freight Trucks in London
New Consultation Proposing Extension of ULEZ Scheme

12/4/2017
UK – The Road Haulage Association (RHA) says it is waiting, with some trepidation, for the result of Transport for London's (TfL) impact as...
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This Weeks Appointments in the Global Freight and Logistics Industry
Who is Moving Where in the World of International Transport

12/1/2017
DENMARK – GERMANY – Transport and logistics behemoth AP Møller – Mærsk, has announced three new additions to its execut...
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Largest Container Shipping Group in the World Gets Even Bigger
Regulatory Approval Completes Takeover of Rival Firm

12/1/2017
DENMARK – GERMANY – Having received the final approval from the Korea Fair Trade Commission at the beginning of the week, Maersk Line has ...
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Transport Charity Continues to Fight for Lives Across a Continent as 3,000 Kids a Day Die Needlessly
Christmas Appeal Will Aid Continuing Fight Against Malaria

12/1/2017
UK – AFRICA – Transaid, the charity dedicated to easing the lives of thousands through advances in transport, has had a busy month. In add...
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News Snippets from the Shipping, Freight Forwarding and Logistics Fields
Supply Chain Items You May Have Missed This Week

12/1/2017
GERMANY – In this weeks round up of shipping and supply chain news, freight forwarder Kuehne + Nagel has joined forces with specialist in comple...
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Can Hyperloop Aims to Defeat Passenger Transport Problems in India Benefit the Freight Sector?
Three States Study the Feasibility of Travel Faster Than Air or High Speed Rail

12/1/2017
INDIA – Despite the early involvement in the project of entrepreneur and Tesla boss Elon Musk, the first real work to develop the Hyperloop, the...
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Port and Logistics Infrastructure Group Signs Up for Bigger Stake in Container Freight Terminal
DP World Continues its Global Expansion Programme

12/29/2016
SOUTH KOREA – DUBAI – Port and logistics infrastructure group DP World has continued its expansion programme with the news it has increase...
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China to Set Single Standard for Autonomous Cars and Freight Trucks
Country Aims for System of Infrastructure and Vehicle Control

12/28/2016
CHINA – US – WORLDWIDE – There is more than a touch of irony in the news last week that China is to re-evaluate its standards on aut...
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British Freight and Logistics Interests Asked for Feedback on Future of Maritime Industry
Transport Committee Inquiry Wants Advice on Success and New Developments

12/22/2016
UK – The British Government’s Transport Committee is launching a new inquiry into industry and government action in response to the Mariti...
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New RoRo Service Accommodates Multimodal Freight Options
Latvian Service Viable for Both Trailers and Containers

12/22/2016
UK – BELGIUM – LATVIA – From January shippers will be able to utilise a new short sea freight service linking the three countries wi...
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Another Container Freight Reefer Service Moves to London Gateway Port
CMA CGM Caribbean Routing Will Operate from River Thames Base in New Year

12/21/2016
UK – FRANCE – CARIBBEAN – With us having only yesterday commented on how its River Thames location was attracting importers and expo...
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Global Freight Facilitator to Develop Black Sea Port for Containers and Bulk Cargo
MoU Signed With Ukrainian Government

12/21/2016
UKRAINE – The international operator of 48 ports worldwide, Hutchison Ports, has signed an MOU with the Government of Ukraine for the developmen...
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Expansion of Container Freight and Bulk Liquid Handling Terminals for South Africa
Investment Means Ever Greater Capacities

12/21/2016
SOUTH AFRICA – Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has reached a key milestone in its mega project to deepen and lengthen berths at Durban ...
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Merchant Shipping Continues to Poison the Ocean with Waste Oil
Time to Stop Prosecutions and See Action to Treat Slops and Sludge

12/21/2016
WORLDWIDE – The latest ‘magic pipe’ incident, in which crew members conspired to dump waste oil from a vessel whilst concealing the ...
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Thames Side Logistics Park Expands as Deep Water Container Port Wins Economic Status
London Gateway Continues to Improve Service Levels and Invest in Growth

12/20/2016
UK – As construction on Phase Two of DP World London Gateway’s Logistics Park gets underway, the Thames side deep-sea container port has j...
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Christmas Comes as Freight, Shipping and Logistics Staff Appointments Announced
Last Round Up Of Job Moves for 2016

12/19/2016
US – In what will most probably be our last round up of staff changes and appointments for the year in the world of freight, shipping and logist...
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FMC Nets Almost A Million Dollars as Freight Forwarders and Ocean Shipping Groups Stand Accused
Commission Comes Down Hard Again on Alleged Cargo Rates Cheats

12/16/2016
US – WORLDWIDE – The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has recovered a total of $962,500 in civil penalties after completing several compr...
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Freight Forwarding and Logistics Partners Agree to Split Up
Amicable Divorce After Seventeen Year Cooperation

12/16/2016
AUSTRIA – GERMANY – US – WORLDWIDE – The long standing cooperation between freight forwarding partners Gebrüder Weiss and...
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Charitable Acts Herald in Holiday's as the Freight and Logistics Sector Shows It's Not All Business
American and British Firms Demonstrate their Softer Side

12/16/2016
WORLDWIDE – US – Once again the freight and logistics sector has been busy demonstrating its caring aspects with charitable acts around th...
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Unique Container Design Promoted by Freight Forwarding and Logistics Group
Two Part Box System Useful for Awkward and High Security Cargoes

12/15/2016
US – WORLDWIDE – We have followed for some time the progress of specialist ISO container manufacturer CakeBoxx Technologies as the company...
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Airline, Hub Airport and Parcel Carrier Combine to Launch New European Air Freight Service
Schiphol and KLM Cargo back Parcel International's New Same-Day Cargo Offering

12/15/2016
THE NETHERLANDS – EUROPE – Dutch airline KLM is joining forces with Parcel International to launch a new same-day intra-European air cargo...
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Container Freight Shipping Lines Get Go Ahead for THE Alliance
US Approval for the Multination Box Carrying Association

12/15/2016
US – WORLDWIDE – The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has approved the new giant container shipping alliance, the ‘THE ‘Allia...
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Action Needed to Assimilate Autonomous Facts - From Road Haulage Trucks to Container Ships
New Report Highlights Need for Automated Vehicle Modal Links

12/14/2016
UK – WORLDWIDE – A new report from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is critical that a drive to autonomy in the transpo...
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Ship Operators Waste Oil to Clean Marine Fuel Wins Honour for Company Boss
Innovative Engineering Process Creator Recognised with Award

12/14/2016
FRANCE – It is over a year since we first wrote about an innovative company based in Paris which had launched a project in Portugal gathering &l...
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DHL Freight Looks at Closing UK Operations with Possible Mass Redundancies
Consultation to Decide Future After a Decade of Losses

12/14/2016
UK – According to trade union GMB, logistics firm DHL Freight UK has announced a period of consultation with a view to close its UK operations d...
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Tight Margins to Allow Bulk Freight Carrier Break Record
Largest Ever Ship Discharges at Suffolk Port

12/14/2016
UK – Precise planning and cooperation between the Port of Ipswich and marine agencies has seen the largest vessel ever being able to call at the...
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Container Shipping Line Joins Freight Alliance Cooperative to Finally Satisfy Bankers
World's Two Biggest Box Carriers Welcome Korean Group Into the Club

12/13/2016
KOREA – WORLDWIDE – After weeks of speculation, months of negotiations, and years of financial trouble, Korean container shipping line Hyu...
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Logistics Group Offers Service to Declare Cargo Information When Entering EU
Vessels Can Advise Required Freight Details Prior to Arrival

12/13/2016
EUROPE – Logistics giant GAC has introduced a new centralised service to help ship owners navigate the paperwork required for the import of carg...
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Celebratory Half Century Year for Original UK Container Freight Terminal
Felixstowe at 50

12/13/2016
UK – Although the ubiquitous container is now a familiar sight, and indeed to many thought to be the only way to carry goods between countries, ...
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New X-Ray Technology has Potential to Improve Freight Screening and Security
Ramifications for Cargo Examination from Medical Advances

12/13/2016
UK – WORLDWIDE – A new X-ray imaging technology has been successfully developed to the point where it is now ready for translation into al...
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Maersk Subsidiary Sells Container Logistics and Road Haulage Group Pentalver for 87 Million Pounds
APM Terminals Passes on UK Company to US Railroad Group

12/13/2016
UK – US – The expansion of US based rail and intermodal group Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) into the European market continues with...
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RoRo and Intermodal Freight Customer Buys Majority Shareholding in Port Terminal
Train Cargo Logistics Specialist Invests Across Europe

12/12/2016
ITALY – TURKEY – Turkish-based Ekol Logistics has acquired a 65% share of Europa Multipurpose Terminals (EMY), the operator of pier VI in ...
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DP World's Deep Water Container Port Logistics Park Boost as Lidl to Open New Distribution Centre
UK's Fastest Growing Supermarket Operations Begin at London Gateway Shortly

12/12/2016
UK – Lidl, which claims to be the UK’s fastest growing supermarket, is setting up a distribution facility at DP World’s London Gatew...
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Container Alliances Mirrored by New Multimodal Logistics Tie Up
Members Will Lobby European Authorities on Industry Matters

12/9/2016
EUROPE – As consolidation and cooperation in the container shipping sector becomes the normal state of things, 21 associations representing the ...
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Freight Transport Association Members Put Their Money into Charity
Another Big Donation for Transaid from the Logistics Sector

12/9/2016
UK – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has presented transport charity Transaid with a cheque for £70,000, representing the funds ra...
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What's Happened This Week in the Global Freight and Logistics Industry Supply Chain
A Collection of Developments from Ocean Containers to Materials Handling

12/9/2016
GERMANY – This week’s snippets of some of the smaller announcements in the freight and logistics supply chain opens with the news that out...
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Security Experts Advise UK Maritime and Ports Parliamentary Group
Threat from Terrorism and Organised Crime Highlighted in Meeting

12/9/2016
UK – Global consultancy The Maritime Group International (TMG) gave a joint presentation with maritime security experts State 21 to the All-Part...
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Autonomous Road Haulage Freight Trucks May Benefit From New Player in the Market
Robot Forklift Manufacturer Looks to Offer Established Technology to the Sector

12/9/2016
US – Regular readers of the Handy Shipping Guide will know that we have long covered the saga that is the development of autonomous road vehicle...
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Crew of Heavy Lift Freight Vessel Honoured for Rescue of Fisherman
Award Made for August Rescue

12/8/2016
US – INDONESIA – Officers and crewmembers of the Crowley Maritime-managed M/V Ocean Glory were recently honoured for demonstratin...
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Freight and Logistics Appointments Start With Those Who Find Jobs for Others on the River Thames
A Look at the Week's Staff Movements Around the World

12/8/2016
UK – The Thames Skills Academy (TSA), the organisation devoted to employment on the River Thames and which is supported by the Port of London Au...
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African Air Freight Handling Group Goes from Strength to Strength
Largest Cargo Handler in Nairobi Now Voted Best in Johannesburg

12/7/2016
SOUTH AFRICA – KENYA – Africa Flight Services (AFS), part of Worldwide Flight Services’ (WFS) global airport services group, has bee...
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Nominations Now Open for the Everywoman Freight and Logistics Awards
You Have Until February to Name your Industry Heroines

12/7/2016
UK – Now in its tenth year the FTA everywoman Awards are seeking nominations for women in the freight and logistics industry who have excelled i...
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Plymouth Naval Base Automates Control of its Forklift Fleet
Custom Telematics System Implemented to Maximise Efficiency

12/7/2016
UK – The Babcock International Group has automated the control of its materials handling operation in the Devonport Royal Dockyard and Naval Bas...
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DP World Opens Smart Tech Logistics Centre in South America
Freight Technology Facility First of its Kind in Peru

12/7/2016
PERU – Port operator DP World has opened a smart logistics centre in Lurin, Peru. The facility features fibre optic connection to its freight te...
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MSC Ship is First Container Vessel for New Middle East Super Port
14,000 TEU Box Carrier Marks Official Opening

12/7/2016
QATAR – Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) marked the official opening of the newly constructed Hamad Port Container Terminal 1, with the firs...
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New Rail Plans Affect Passengers and Freight Customers Alike
Government Announcements Receive Mixed Response

12/7/2016
UK – The ever convoluted story of Britain’s railway system took more turns this week, both as far as passenger and freight interests are c...
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Container Freight Alliance Announces its Latest Port Rotations
Spain, Italy and France Get Priority with US Trade Lane

12/7/2016
WORLDWIDE – In container freight news this week the five members of the THE Alliance; Hapag-Lloyd, K Line, MOL, NYK, and Yang Ming, have release...
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New Silk Road Danger Zones in the Sights of Frontline Logistics Company
Security and Logistics Combine as FSG Look to Move into China

12/6/2016
CHINA – BURMA – CENTRAL ASIA – Frontier Services Group Limited (FSG), who specialise in providing logistic and security services in ...
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Supercapacitor Breakthrough Could Revolutionise Electric Freight Vehicles
New Technology Makes Science Fiction Look Increasingly Like Science Fact

12/6/2016
UK – The Universities of Surrey and Bristol, along with Augmented Optics Ltd, have announced that they have made a breakthrough in supercapacito...
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Dancing Gorilla Song Protesting M25 Crossing Congestion Aims for Xmas Number 1
Money Raised Will Go to Heart and Homeless Charities

12/5/2016
UK – We reported in October how a spoof news site had recorded a comedy song lambasting the state of congestion at the infamous M25 Dartford Cro...
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Latest Bearings Technology Offers Vessel Owners a Chance to Cut Significant Source of Pollution
Call for Oil Filled Propeller Shafts to be Replaced

12/5/2016
THE NETHERLANDS – Talking to the representatives of attending the World Ocean Council’s fourth Sustainable Ocean Summit last week, Directo...
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Call for Longer Prison Sentences for Drug and Alcohol Killers as Government Canvasses Your Views
Imprisonment Terms Too Short for Drivers Who End Innocent Lives Says Safety Lobby

12/4/2016
UK – Brake, the road safety charity, have welcomed the British government’s announcement that they are to hold a consultation on whether t...
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New Hydrogen/Electric Powered Freight Truck Prototype Debuts
Revolutionary Vehicle Expected in Service by 2020

12/2/2016
US – The Nikola Motor Company (NMC), a company which suddenly appeared as a start-up and which can trace its history back to June this year, has...
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UK Road Haulage Companies Exploit Many Means to Achieve Success
Membership of Transportation Cooperative and Diversification Pays Off

12/2/2016
UK – Lancing-based transport firm South Link Logistics is celebrating a successful 2016 having reached an impressive three-million-pound turnove...
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Global Freight and Logistics News Round Up
What's Happening in the Shipping Industry Outside of the Headlines?

12/2/2016
PHILIPPINES – Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S has entered into a 10-year contract with the Philippine energy company GNPower to transport coal to ...
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Trump Selection of Chao as Transportation Secretary Welcomed by Freight and Logistics Lobbies
Established Political Operator Assuages Industry Doubts

12/2/2016
US – President Elect Trump’s announcement that he intends for seasoned Washington operator Elaine Chao to be his Transportation Secretary,...
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Another Major Merger in Global Container Shipping Lifts Maersk TEU Freight Capability Even Higher
Overcapacity Claims One More Heavyweight as Sins of Others Hang Over Deal Ratification

12/2/2016
DENMARK – GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – Maersk Line, the sectors biggest player, has reached an agreement with the Oetker Group to acquire t...
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New 787-9 Service Boosts American Air Freight
Aircraft Adds to Cargo Capacity on Key Routes

12/1/2016
US – American Airlines has launched its international Boeing 787-9 service between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Madrid Barajas (MAD) in Spain, of...
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Week's Freight and Logistics Appointments Start with US Transport Secretary
Interesting Posting Leads Government Jobs Whilst Shenanigans in the Boardroom

12/1/2016
US – President-Elect Donald Trump plans to nominate former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to become the next Transportation Secretary. Chao, who wa...
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Freight Forwarding Boss Looks Toward the Future of Shipping
Reflections on Calais and Forthcoming Legislation

12/31/2015
UK – WORLDWIDE – As the year closes Robert Keen, Director of the British International Freight Association (BIFA), the trade association f...
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Liner to Rescue of Stricken Yacht Adrift for Two and a Half Days
Post-Christmas Present for Polish Crew and Passengers

12/30/2015
ATLANTIC OCEAN – Early on 27 December 2015, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' ‎ship Braemar came to the aid of a sailing yacht maroone...
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A Project Freight Forwarding Shipment to Get the Blood Racing
(and the Electricity Flowing...)

12/30/2015
CHINA – AUSTRALIA – As usual nothing gets the blood racing through the veins of a true freight forwarding professional than witnessing the...
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Ports and Container Handling Group Show the Christmas Spirit with International Volunteer Day
Good Deeds Done In Support of UN Initiative

12/30/2015
DUBAI – WORLDWIDE – In the lead up to the Christmas festivities one Middle Eastern headquartered company demonstrated to the rest of the w...
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Shipping Pollution Remains a Priority for Logistics - Whether Ocean, Air or Road Transported Freight
Whilst Global Efforts on Reduction Continue Some Say UK Haulage Hit Unfairly

12/28/2015
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Department of Transportation and FAA Allow Special Express Christmas Night Deliveries
Ninth Reindeer and Safety Equipment Standing By Whilst NORAD Tracks Santa's Sleigh

12/23/2015
US – WORLDWIDE – The US Department of Transportation has relaxed recently introduced regulations and given special dispensation with regar...
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New Freight Container Terminal Sparks Intermodal Road Rail Haulage Activity
Christmas Special Train Runs to Prove a Point

12/23/2015
UK – FRANCE – In order to demonstrate the advantages of the rail - road haulage multimodal system, GB Railfreight this week ran a special ...
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UK Traffic Problems for Road Haulage Operators Will Extend Well Past Christmas
Some Good News for London Drivers However

12/23/2015
UK – The news that the Forth Road Bridge is to remain closed well past the originally forecast date has prompted a rapid reaction from both the ...
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Freight and Passenger Ferry Tender Takes Another Twist
Politician Speaks Out Against Serco

12/22/2015
UK – It would seem that international outsourcing giant Serco is currently about as popular in Scotland as Donald Trump. Whilst the weirdly coif...
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Newbuild Container Ships to Have Russian Lubrication Systems
UASC Signs an Agreement Covering Latest Vessels

12/21/2015
RUSSIA – MIDDLE EAST – WORLDWIDE – Lukoil the Russian company located in the western Siberian cities Langepas, Urai and Kogalym has ...
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Fork Lift Truck Update with Awards, Exhibition and Flood Relief
Materials Handling in the Old Year and the New

12/21/2015
UK – EUROPE – As we see the last days of 2015 comes news of past and forthcoming events in the material handling sector. First those award...
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Company Bidding for Freight and Passenger Ferry Services Attacked Again
Union Hostilities Continue Over Safety Matters

12/18/2015
UK – Hostilities between Serco, the group currently bidding to take control of the freight and passenger ferry service between the Scottish main...
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Last Appointments and Departures Round Up in Freight and Logistics for 2015
Who Now Works Where (and Who Doesn't Anymore ...)

12/18/2015
WORLDWIDE – The last round up of staff changes in the freight and logistics world for 2015 starts with a series of changes at the top of the Wor...
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Daily Multimodal Freight Offering Between UK and Italy for Full and Part Load Cargo
Road Haulage and Rail Combination Works for DFDS

12/17/2015
UK – ITALY – DFDS, the Danish headquartered group, perhaps better known for its ferry services, has increased the frequency of its multimo...
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US Supply Chain and Logistics Group Invests in Ocean Freight Infrastructure
Company Funds New Port Project, Reefer Containers and LNG Vessels

12/17/2015
US – PUERTO RICO – CENTRAL AMERICA – CARIBBEAN – As usual Crowley, the shipping and logistics group, has been keeping busy in ...
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All Freight Airline Has a Good Week! Cargo Only Carrier Settles Dispute and Gets a Refund
A Happy Christmas for Cargolux

12/17/2015
LUXEMBOURG – Some weeks just everything goes your way, that must be how the management of Cargolux, Europe’s largest freight only airline ...
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Logistics Giant Revs Up UK Road Haulage Effort
Schenker Buys Another Freight Group

12/16/2015
UK – In an effort to develop its road haulage network in the UK, German transport and logistics giant, Deutsche Bahn is to acquire 75% of UK log...
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Slap In the Face as Court Annuls European Commission 790 Million Euro Air Freight Cartel Penalties
All Fines Cancelled for Over a Dozen Cargo Carriers

12/16/2015
EUROPE – In an astounding reverse the General Court of the European Union today reversed a judgement of the European Commission thereby annullin...
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Language in Rail Freight Merger Deal takes a Darker Tone
Two Giants Squabble Over Cash and Stock Offer

12/16/2015
US – CANADA – The public back and forth between rail freight carriers Norfolk Southern (NS) and Canadian Pacific (CP) continues this week ...
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Ferry Debacle May be Over Whilst Parcel Freight Forwarding Cartel Fined Millions Again
SeaFrance/MyFerryLink Decision by Supreme Court and Antitrust Authority Imposes Huge Fines

12/16/2015
UK – FRANCE – Two big decisions affecting the shipping and logistics sectors this week with news that the UK Supreme Court has ruled that ...
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Shippers and Air Freight Forwarders Warned of New Dangerous Goods Regulations
IATA Points Out from New Year Changes in Rules Apply

12/16/2015
WORLDWIDE – What are described by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as ‘significant changes', to the carriage of dang...
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Road Haulage Drivers Can Obviate New Mirrors with Specialist Camera System
Safer Way to Avoid a Nasty Incident

12/15/2015
UK – EUROPE – In September we saw new legislation introduced to give road haulage drivers in London better visibility through a more compr...
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California Ports Look Forward to Welcoming Giant 18,000 TEU Container Ship
Aptly Named Vessel Starts Work in the US on Boxing Day

12/15/2015
FRANCE – US – CHINA – UK – The largest container ship ever to call at a North American port is scheduled to arrive at the Port...
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More Ocean Carriers, NVOCCs and Freight Forwarders Hit With Financial Penalties
Compromise Agreements Keep Raking in Cash for the Authorities

12/15/2015
US – The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has recovered a total of $334,000 in civil penalties, after completing several separate compromise ag...
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Road Haulage Lobby Calls for Action in France as Freight Association Praises Operation Stack Action
Calais Migrant Attacks on Trucks Need Solutions as Promised

12/14/2015
UK – IRELAND – FRANCE – In a week when the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) held a meeting with Minister for Transport Paschal ...
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Freight Container Terminal Operator and Logistics Groups Agree on Endangered Wildlife Protection
Meeting in London Sees Principles Designed to End Illegal Trade

12/14/2015
WORLDWIDE – In October we told how Dubai based, freight container terminal operator DP World hosted a meeting on home ground for the seven inter...
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Christmas Comes Early for Intermodal Logistics Providers
Freight Deliveries Have to Stock Shops for the Season

12/11/2015
UK – Road haulage groups and other logistics providers have been getting ready for Christmas and DB Schenker Rail UK says it has been busy makin...
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New Vessel Sharing Agreement Sees Container Freight Service Revisions
Reduced Strings but Promise of Improved Transit Times

12/11/2015
ASIA – LATIN AMERICA – A revision of the vessel sharing agreement between the world’s second largest container company, Mediterranea...
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Policy Paper on European Shipping Ranges from Short Sea Feeders to Training
Information Designed to Influence European Commission

12/11/2015
EUROPE – In an effort to provide the European Commission with constructive input ahead of the upcoming review of the EU shipping policy in 2017,...
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Importer Faces Huge Fine After Illegal Trailer Lights Marketed
NHTSA Shows its Teeth

12/11/2015
US – The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has imposed a $1 million civil penalty o...
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Women of Logistics! Time to Stand Up and be Counted!
Ninth Annual Awards Again Seeking Special Candidates

12/10/2015
UK – The women driving the UK’s road, sea and air shipping sectors are once again being encouraged to enter the FTA everywoman in Transpor...
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New Transatlantic Air Freight Collaboration Extends from Cargo Transport to Warehousing
Deal Must First be Agreed by Regulators

12/10/2015
US – EUROPE – United Airlines and Lufthansa have announced plans to enhance their current collaboration on passenger flights between the U...
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Freight Only Air Carrier Has Another Setback as Union Plans to Stop Cargo Flow
Industrial Action Threatened After Talks Breakdown

12/10/2015
LUXEMBOURG – Just as a week is a long time in politics, so it seems it is also the case in labour negotiations as the much vaunted collective wo...
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Freight Forwarders and Shippers Have FAQs Answered on Container Weighing Regulations
Ocean Shipping Interests Pull Together to Disseminate SOLAS Information

12/9/2015
WORLDWIDE – You can always tell when a subject is a big deal in the world of shipping when a slew of identical press releases arrive from a sele...
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Long Established Freight Forwarding and Ships Agency Leads Logistics Appointments
Staff Moving On This Week

12/9/2015
UK – Our weekly collection of staff changes and appointments in the freight and logistics world starts with John Good Shipping, which has made s...
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Waste Heat Technology Can Reduce Vessel Fuel Costs and Cut Down Emissions
Electricity Produced from Warm Water

12/9/2015
SWEDEN – WORLDWIDE – Great claims are made by the manufacturers of waste heat specialist equipment, Climeon AB, for its Climeon Ocean syst...
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Freight Forwarders and Shippers Condemn Government Delays on London Heathrow Runway Announcement
Political Expediency is Influencing Decision Says BIFA

12/8/2015
UK – Political expediency loomed large over the decision to postpone any decision on the expansion of Heathrow Airport which has upset many in t...
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Revised Rail Freight and Intermodal Cargo Bid Dismissed as 'Grossly Inadequate'
Second Attempt at Merger Meets with Frosty Reception

12/8/2015
US – CANADA – Canadian Pacific (CP) just can’t take no for an answer, after it received a rejection of its initial offer to merge wi...
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New Container Shipping Line Deal Will Consolidate Position as World's Third Largest Freight Carrier
CMA CGM and NOL Combined Will Have Nearly Two and a Half Million TEU Capacity

12/8/2015
FRANCE – SINGAPORE – WORLDWIDE – French container giant, CMA CGM has made US$2.4 billion offer for Southeast Asian box freight line,...
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Forth Bridge Closure Leads to Revised Hours for Road Haulage Freight Drivers
Temporary Adjustment to Allow for Repairs to be Made

12/8/2015
UK – The unprecedented closure of the Forth Road Bridge due to a crack in the steelwork has led to an instant response from the Department for T...
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Freight Forwarding Agents and Traders Within Europe Must Prepare for Customs Changes Now
May 2016 Sees the Introduction of the Union Customs Code

12/7/2015
UK – EUROPE – It is now less than six months until the new Union Customs Code (UCC) comes into force, legislation which will have the pote...
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Workboats Keep Freight Arteries Open as Container Ships Grow Ever Larger
Across the World Ports and River Authorities Invest to Stay Ahead

12/7/2015
UK – SOUTH AFRICA – As container ships get ever larger the ports and river authorities worldwide need to constantly upgrade equipment to e...
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Rail Freight Collaboration Scuppered as Interest in Intermodal Cargo Volumes Rises
Threat of Regulators and 'Grossly Inadequate' Valuation Cited

12/7/2015
US – CANADA – The big news in the freight by rail sector is that having last month received an offer from Canadian Pacific (CP) of a possi...
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Transport Act Agreed to Try to Rescue Crumbling US Infrastructure
Bill Must be the Slowest FAST Fix in History

12/4/2015
US – At long last, significant progress has been made by lawmakers in the US to come up with a long term resolution to the ever growing funding ...
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Trucking Awards Honour Freight Drivers in a Country Where Road Haulage is a Lifeline
Nominations Now Open for Australia's Prestigious Prizes

12/4/2015
AUSTRALIA – The geography of the country means road haulage plays a huge part in the transfer of goods across Australia with massive road trains...
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Air Freight Cartel Just Keeps Costing Antitrust Transgressors More Money
Canadian Court Clouts Carrier Company Cathay - Again

12/3/2015
CANADA – US – Cathay Pacific has entered into a settlement agreement after being charged in the Canadian civil cargo antitrust class actio...
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Battle for Deep Water Container Port Status Takes Another Turn as Logistics Park Gets Go Ahead
Fight is On to Gather Up UK Trade

12/3/2015
UK – The battle for primacy amongst Britain’s deep water container ports saw another significant development this week when the first phas...
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Freight and Logistics Appointments and Departures This Week
What the Great and the Good of the Shipping Sector Are Up To

12/2/2015
WORLDWIDE – The week’s freight and logistics associated staff appointments and departures kick off with the news that the global airline a...
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Chinese State Shipbuilding Group Announces Truly Smart Bulk Freight Carrier
Design and Build Ship Will Include a Plethora of Technologies

12/2/2015
CHINA - CSSC Offshore & Marine Engineering (Group) (COMEC), the shipbuilding group formerly known as Guangzhou Shipyard International, has sponsor...
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US Road Haulage Safety Upgrade for All Freight Drivers as FMCSA Takes Powers to Act
Federal Punishment Awaits Any Firms in the Supply Chain Which Transgress

12/1/2015
US – The road haulage industry in America took another step toward safer practice this week as the Department of Transportation’s Federal ...
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Women in Shipping Address the Cost of Ocean Freight Emissions
Forum Debates Retrofit Technology and More

12/1/2015
UK – WORLDWIDE – With pollution and climate change firmly on the agenda at the moment as we see Paris hosting COP21, the 2015 United Natio...
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Road Haulage Drivers Now Face Death Whilst Moving Cross Channel Freight
What Will it Take to Police This Properly?

12/1/2015
FRANCE – UK – Sometimes a picture paints a thousand words. Here we see the result of the continuing aggression toward road haulage drivers...
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Another Container Port Adapts Equipment to Handle Ever Larger Vessels
Raising Height of Gantry Cranes Will Mean More TEU Throughput

12/1/2015
US – The race for size continues with the world’s deep water ports continuing to extend their ability to cope with ever larger container s...
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Future Holds Unprecedented Diaspora as Another Abandoned Freight Vessel Discharges Migrant Cargo
After Crew Take to the Boats Once Again Italy is Left Literally Holding the Babies

12/31/2014
EUROPE – NORTH AFRICA – MIDDLE EAST – As 2014 fades away it seems one of the biggest problems facing Europe in the New Year will be ...
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Annual Freight and Shipping Appointments and Departures End with a Hint of Scandal
Job Related Crime Reported Inside Chinese Carrier Leads to Board Level Dismissals

12/31/2014
JAPAN – In our last round-up of appointments in the freight and shipping industry for 2014, we start with container and bulk cargo carrier NYK, ...
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Whether Hauling Freight or Private Motorist EU Promises More Accurate Real Time Traffic Information
Stentorian Tones of the European Commission Somewhat Blunt a Potentially Good Idea

12/30/2014
EUROPE – The European Commission can at times be the strangest of creatures, it somehow has a way of taking up a cause which seems at first perf...
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New Office for European Container Shipping Consolidator - None but Freight Forwarders Need Apply
NVO's Trade Only Groupage Approach Profits with Expansion into Germany

12/30/2014
GERMANY – NVO Consolidation, one of the fastest growing consolidators in Europe, is seeing in the New Year in style by announcing it is to open ...
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RoRo Shipping Cartel Scandal Fines Reach $135 Million as Another Freight Carrier Settles
Violation of Sherman Act Continues to Cost Cargo Groups Dear

12/30/2014
US – Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) has become the third shipping line to resolve allegations that it violated the Sherman Act by conspirin...
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Revitalised Freight Services and a New Container Ship for Box Line
African Intermodal and Logistics Coverage 'More Comprehensive'

12/30/2014
FRANCE – AFRICA – CHINA – WORLDWIDE – Despite the tendency to harmonise freight services with other container lines there is s...
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Latest Container Vessel Added to Far East Fleet
Naming Ceremony Leaves Just Three more Newbuilds Remaining from Thirty Ship Order

12/30/2014
TAIWAN – Whilst Europe was digesting its collective Boxing Day feast the Far East saw the Evergreen Group holding the naming ceremony for Ev...
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Haulage Operators May be Caught Out by Poor Management of Road Toll Systems
Goods Vehicles and Private Cars Affected as Motorway Charging Becomes the Fashion

12/30/2014
HUNGARY – With road tolls currently the target money spinner for countries around the world looking for a quick and sure source of revenue, the ...
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2014 Was the Year for Container Freight Agreements - And Profitable for the Regulators
Shippers Representatives Ask for a Close Eye to be Kept on New Partnerships

12/29/2014
WORLDWIDE – 2014 will be remembered as the year of the container shipping alliance, with most of the major box carriers involving themselves in ...
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As 2014 Ends So Dispute Over Handling US Freight Containers Continues Into New Year
West Coast Row Runs Into its Eighth Month as Employers Turn to Outside Help

12/29/2014
US – Things traditionally slow down everywhere over the Christmas period and it seems the West Coast docks dispute negotiations, a labour confro...
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Another Air Freight Cartel Case Wrapped Up for Christmas by Antitrust Authorities
South African Tribunal Shoots Down Air Cargo Carrier with Another Huge Fine

12/24/2014
SOUTH AFRICA – The current air cargo cartel case underway in South Africa is approaching the finish line after the country's Competition Tri...
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Project Freight Charter Required Precise 3D Software Analysis for Heavy Lift Shipment
Giant Cranes Shipped Open Hatch After Study of Individual Problems with Draft and Height

12/23/2014
CROATIA – UKRAINE – GERMANY – RUSSIA – Another truly international effort saw a large project freight forwarding assignment un...
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French Christmas Goodies Arrive in Vast Numbers by Ocean Container Freight - not Sleigh
Thousands of Tonnes of Luxury Cargo to Stock the World's Tables at This Time of the Year

12/22/2014
FRANCE – WORLDWIDE – According to that most Gallic operator CMA CGM, the third largest container shipping line in the world, Santa Claus i...
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New Multipurpose Ocean Freight Service to Carry Everything from Containers to Break Bulk Cargo
34,000 Tonne Tweendeckers will Sail Between Europe and US Gulf/East Coast/Mexico

12/22/2014
UK – GERMANY – EUROPE – US – MEXICO – As part of its liner agency agreement with Hamburg headquartered MACS Maritime Car...
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Chinese Ship Breaking Yards Aim to Scrap European Merchant Vessels
First Applications to Join EU Recycling Scheme Received

12/22/2014
EU – CHINA – WORLDWIDE – With environmental concerns and policies becoming ever more important to all industry stakeholders there re...
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3PL and Logistics Supply Chain Group Has a New Toy Story
Famous Name Signed Up by Freight Forwarder After Lengthy Requirement Study

12/19/2014
SPAIN – As any football manager will tell you it’s great to end the year with a big name signing (transfer windows permitting) and it&rsqu...
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Cargo Vessel's Chief Engineer Could Face 35 Years in Jail
Environmental Crimes by Greek and Italian Operators Mean Millions of Dollars in Fines and Possible Long Prison Terms

12/19/2014
US – The Chief Engineer from the 75,600-dwt bulk cargo ship Trident Navigator, has been convicted by a federal jury in New Orleans of ...
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Freight Truck Record Set as RoRo Ferry Decision Seemingly Postponed
Good and Potentially Bad News for Channel Tunnel Operator

12/18/2014
FRANCE – UK – Groupe Eurotunnel has reason to celebrate this week, but the operator of the Channel Tunnel must have hoped there would have...
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Shipping Community Will Look Askance as More Alleged Pirates Walk Free
Despite International Transfer Agreements Delays in Charges and Insufficient Evidence Result in Overturned Sentences

12/18/2014
SEYCHELLES – SOMALIA – DENMARK – Three Somali nationals found guilty of piracy by the Seychelles Supreme Court have had their senten...
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Air Freight Cartel Cases Stumble Toward the End Game with Cargo Carriers Possibly Back in the Dock
Competition and Consumer Commission Appeals Against Court Antitrust Decision After Dismissal on Technical Grounds

12/18/2014
AUSTRALIA – The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has not quite finished its antitrust proceedings against air freight carri...
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US Trucking Groups Support Veterans as Road Haulage Freight Firm Collects Award
In a Week When Thousands of Wreaths were Delivered to Graves Patriot Award Goes to Personnel Supervisor

12/17/2014
US – It is true to say that nobody supports their country’s military veterans more enthusiastically than American trucking companies, part...
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Merchant and Private Vessels Safer on the North Sea with Lifeboat's Ship of the Year
UK Group Supports Winning Dutch Search and Rescue Craft

12/17/2014
UK – NETHERLANDS – WORLDWIDE – Originally formed over forty years ago, Essex based marine IT management specialist Servowatch is cel...
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US Truck Drivers Get a Chance to Illustrate Their Lives on the Road
Volvo Series Tells Tales of the Highway

12/16/2014
NORTH AMERICA – Volvo trucks has introduced the second in its series of ‘Welcome to My Cab’ series with a video of Tim Baumgartner, ...
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Panama Canal Gates Installed in Readiness for Ocean Freight Vessels of (Almost) Every Size
Picture Worth a Thousand Words as Three Thousand Tonne Pieces Installed

12/16/2014
PANAMA – We here at the Handy Shipping Guide love a good picture but today's truly stands out with the installation of the first gate for th...
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Automotive and Energy Sectors Targeted by Freight Forwarding and Supply Chain Group
North African Country the Latest Region for Expansion

12/16/2014
ALGERIA – French headquartered freight forwarding and automotive supply chain logistics specialist Gefco, is expanding its North African network...
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Freight Forwarding Outfit Steps Up as Logistics Industry Helps Battle Ebola
Free of Charge Charter Flight to Aid Stricken Victims

12/16/2014
SWITZERLAND – LUXEMBOURG – WEST AFRICA – Once again a member of the logistics community has stepped forward to help transport vital ...
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Testing Shipping Containers Can Be Fun!
Engineers Video What You Need to Do to Properly Check Out a Forty Foot Box

12/15/2014
DENMARK – WORLDWIDE – Maersk Container Industries (MCI) is the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group subsidiary which develops and manufactures dry c...
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Freight Forwarding and Logistics Outfit Buys Shop Counter Franchise Service
Shipping and Express Delivery Portfolio Suite Now Available at 287 Store Locations

12/15/2014
SOUTH AFRICA – UAE – In another acquisition this week by a Middle Eastern logistics group, Aramex, the freight forwarding and express deli...
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Container Shipping Line Opens Own Swiss Freight Agency
UASC Ventures Further into Europe as Expansion Continues

12/15/2014
SWITZERLAND – UAE – Having already somewhat expanded its interests in European trade by forming a container shipping alliance with French ...
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Rail Freight Group Lunch Hears Multimodal Contest Continues
Road Haulage Still the Target to Aim for as Government Invests in Infrastructure

12/15/2014
UK – The annual Rail Freight Group (RFG) Christmas Lunch is considered by many in the multimodal community as one of the highlights of the year ...
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Japanese Container and Bulk Freight Shipping Line Orders New LNG Vessel
Second Ship of Type for Power Group Charter

12/12/2014
JAPAN – US – K Line, the Japanese container shipping and bulk freight carrier claims a better knowledge than most about the transport by s...
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Tracking System Supplier Wins Contract to Fit Out 2,300 Freight Vehicles
Sensor System to be Supplied to Major Furniture Group

12/12/2014
US – I.D. Systems, headquartered in New Jersey has, through its Asset Intelligence subsidiary, signed up one of the world's largest furnitur...
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Time for Freight and Passenger Vessel Operators to Man Up
Maritime Unions Will Closely Monitor Crewing Levels from January 2015

12/12/2014
WORLDWIDE – The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the organisation which draws together the views and campaigns of unions...
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Air Freight Forwarding Groups Hit With More Fines in Antitrust Suit
Singapore Joins in the Rush to Punish Carriers for Cartel Behaviour

12/11/2014
SINGAPORE – JAPAN – Having issued a round of Proposed Infringement Decisions (PID) in April earlier this year, the Competition Commission ...
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Another Intercontinental Rail Freight Route Opens
Inaugural Run for China/Spain Service

12/10/2014
CHINA – SPAIN – Having covered the approximately 13,000 kilometres between China and Spain, the first freight train to directly link the t...
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Warehouse Boss Move Opens the Week's Freight and Logistics Appointments
Who Has Gone Where in the Industry of Late

12/10/2014
UK – Longstanding CEO of the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA), Roger Williams, is to hand over the majority of his duties in the New Year. Havi...
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Freight and Logistics Groups, Road Haulage Outfit and Port Group Announce Expansion
Several Major Players Extend Abilities Home or Abroad

12/10/2014
SPAIN – SINGAPORE – UK – Expansions this week for freight and logistics groups in overseas locations whilst a road haulage outfit an...
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Freight and Logistics Giant Extends Electric Van Interests
StreetScooter Start Up Project to be Acquired to Expand Environmental Deliveries

12/10/2014
GERMANY – Freight and logistics group Deutsche Post DHL has agreed to acquire StreetScooter GmbH, a former start-up that is committed to the mis...
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Largest Cargo Handling Group Signs Cooperation Agreement with Italian Group
WFS and ATA Italia in Joint Marketing Venture

12/10/2014
ITALY – With air freight growing in the country last year by 1.5% and with expectations of a further 2.5% jump this year Worldwide Flight Servic...
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Volvo Trucks Consolidate Advice Services to Assist Road Haulage Freight Operators
New North American Facility Brings Together Headquarters Based Teams

12/10/2014
NORTH AMERICA – As economic times get harder so too does the trucking business, and therefore the truck manufacturers have to guarantee more to ...
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Bosphorous Trade Sees New Container Vessel Launched
Chinese Collaboration Constructs Box Carrier for French Line

12/9/2014
FRANCE – CHINA – The latest addition to the CMA CGM fleet has just been launched with the delivery of the CMA CGM Litani, a 10,62...
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Lithium as Air Freight Restricted to Cargo Aircraft from January
IATA Publishes Risk Mitigation Guide

12/9/2014
WORLDWIDE – We have written several pieces regarding the safe transport of lithium – ion batteries by air, pointing out the high number of...
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Seaman on Bulk Freight Vessel Shot to Death by Pirates
Outrage at Senseless Murder as Cry Goes Up Against European Court Ruling

12/8/2014
SINGAPORE – VIETNAM – FRANCE – SOMALIA – WORLDWIDE – There is a tangible sense of disgust this week as details of anothe...
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Container Shipping Line Moves in Anticipation of Increased Trade
ASEAN Discussions Expected to Result in Rise in Bilateral Traffic Throughout Asia

12/8/2014
ASIA – PHILIPPINES – Recently ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member states have held several rounds of trade talks wit...
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World's Largest Flag State Adopts Risk Management System in Battle Against Ebola
New Compliance Programme to Protect Panama from Wide Ranging Threats

12/8/2014
PANAMA – With the shipping world keeping half an eye open to happenings centred around the Panama Canal as the new lock gates are readied to ens...
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Somali Pirates Win Compensation After Errors in Procedure
France Faced with Thousands of Euro's in Penalties

12/5/2014
EUROPE – SOMALIA – The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that France has, on two separate occasions, violated the rights of ...
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Midlands Express Freight Firm Takes on Hanging Garment Business
New Territory for Traditional Courier Company

12/5/2014
UK – The hanging garment business in the UK is a fast growing sector, and according to the British Fashion Council, is larger than the publishin...
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Prosecution Shines a Light on Freight and Road Haulage Operators Who Neglect Warehouse Maintenance
Legal Requirements for Fork Lift Trucks May Often be Ignored Through Ignorance of Company Responsibilities

12/5/2014
UK – One of the things which every transport operator has to bear in mind are the safety and brake checks required for an HGV fleet, without reg...
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Driver CPC Standard of Excellence Backed by Multimodal Freight Forwarders and Logistics Trainers
As Formal Instruction Takes a More Important Role So Standards Must Rise Accordingly says SfL

12/5/2014
UK – Skills for Logistics (SfL), which is designed to direct more and better people into employment in the transport and supply chain fields, ha...
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Appointments - Reward for Boss Who Led Container Shipping Lines in Ocean Freight Merger
People Who Moved Jobs in the Logistics Sector Recently

12/4/2014
GERMANY – CHILE – With CSAV and Hapag Lloyd officially merging their container shipping businesses, Michael Behrendt, who spearheaded the ...
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Air Freight Cartel Conspirators Get a Pre-Christmas Bonus
Santa Comes Early for Cargo Carriers and Directors

12/4/2014
BRAZIL – Over a year after handing down fines against four air freight carriers and seven individuals involved in a price fixing conspiracy, Bra...
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2M Container Shipping Alliance Publishes East - West Freight Schedules and Route Details
Vessel Sharing Arrangement Gets Ready to Sail

12/4/2014
WORLDWIDE – The tacit agreement made between the world’s two largest container shipping lines back in July 2014 appears to be taking shape...
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Now EU Antitrust Spotlight Moves Away from Freight and Logistics Sector to More Suspected Cartels
European Commission Steers Toward Truck Manufacturers with Ongoing Investigation and Towage Companies also Examined

12/3/2014
EUROPE – After some years of activity chasing down freight and logistics collaborators, and nearly four years after visiting the offices of a nu...
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Cross Channel RoRo Ferries in Row Over Sulphur Regulations and Threat of Freight Rate Rises
If True Across the Board Fare Increases would be Due to Lack of Preparation as the Doom Mongers Shout the Odds

12/3/2014
UK – EUROPE – Suddenly, after six years of discussions and legislation, parties involved in the shipping sector, specifically the RoRo cro...
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Container Transport and Supply Group Collect Supply Chain Global Freight Award
Second Win in Three Years for Pentalver Whilst MSC Bag Two in a Row

12/2/2014
UK – Container transport, storage and supply company Pentalver has been crowned Global Freight Awards Supply Chain Partner for 2014 alongside Al...
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Approval for World's Fourth Largest Container Shipping Line Granted
Final Sanction to Join Two Companies from Different Continents

12/2/2014
WORLDWIDE – After months of waiting for regulatory approval from relevant competition authorities around the world, the path is now clear for Ha...
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Freight Forwarding and Logistics Giant Sues Air Cargo Carriers for Billions of Dollars
Legal Action Started in US and Germany Against Guilty Airlines in Price Fixing Cartel

12/2/2014
GERMANY – US – Schenker, the freight forwarding and logistics arm of Deutsche Bahn, is seeking a total of around $2.5 billion in damages,...
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Freight Forwarder and Logistics Group Launches ASEAN Cooperation
New Venture Intended to Exploit Growing Export Market

12/2/2014
MYANMAR – THAILAND – We have catalogued before the number of freight forwarders and logistics groups entering the former Burmese market, a...
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Longer Semi Trailer Trial Supported by Road Haulage and Logistics Outfit
Scottish Group Increases Oversize Vehicle Fleet by a Third

12/1/2014
UK – The Government’s ten year trial of longer semi-trailers which we first announced in 2011 proceeds apace and one road haulage company ...
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Road Haulage and Freight Forwarding Interests Welcome Road Infrastructure Improvement Plans
However Doubts Cast as to What the Money will Achieve if the Talking is Finally Over

12/1/2014
UK – Representatives from both the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and the British International Freight Association (BIFA), which represents the...
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Clock Ticking on Nominations for FTA everywoman Transport & Logistics Awards
List of Candidates Closes in February for Seven Categories of Women Serving Their Chosen Industry

12/1/2014
UK – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is once again sponsoring the FTA everywoman Transport & Logistics Awards and the clock is ticki...
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From Major Port Expansion and Transport Infrastructure Schemes Can Come a Dividend for Generations
Channel Tunnel Site Works Pay Back Some Local Community Debt in Environmental Terms

12/1/2014
UK – One of the factors always to be considered with any major British civil engineering project is the impact on the environment and often one ...
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Innovative Subsea Crane Enables Stable Heavy Lifts On Board Specialist Vessels
Another First for Liebherr as RL-K 7500 Ships to Asia

12/1/2014