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September 2019

image: UK logistics Guys and St Thomas CEVA delivery warehouse distribution

Target is to Consolidate Delivery Items

UK – Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust has awarded CEVA Logistics a five year contract to manage warehousing and deliveries for the largest hospital inventory system in Europe. As part of the project, the two parties have created a new, multi-purpose delivery centre which will enable them to operate under an urban consolidation model which aims to dramatically reduce the number of deliveries each day to the hospitals.

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New Jobs and Leavers

UK – Ernst Schulze has taken up the reigns as DP World's UK Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Chris Lewis, who is retiring after a long and successful 36 years in the ports industry. Schulze oversees the Southampton and London Gateway container terminals, the Logistics Park at London Gateway and Community Network Services (CNS), which provides customs clearance and digital logistics services.

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A Handful of Smaller Items This Week

UK – Britain's largest bulk chemical logistics company, Suttons, which has a fleet of more than 500 vehicles and moves more than 9,000 tank containers around the globe annually, has held an event together with fleet telematics provider Microlise demonstrating the organisation's safety culture, compliance excellence and investment in innovative technology.

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At Sea and in the Air Women Get a Boost for the Future

WORLDWIDE – Along with the interminable Brexit and the future of the environment, one of the current themes dominating global society's attention at the moment is that of gender diversity, and the transport industry as a whole is taking steps to address the issue, even in those areas which have traditionally been a bastion of male domination.

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Up to One Million Pounds For Each of Sixteen Facilities

UK – The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that Sixteen ports across England will receive a share of a multimillion-pound funding pot to help their preparations for Britain leaving the European Union. The successful bidders of the £10 million Port Infrastructure Resilience and Connectivity (PIRC) competition, offers ports up to £1 million each to deliver important infrastructure upgrades.

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Special Edition of Informative Magazine On Line

UK – Unsurprisingly the latest edition of NEWSrack, the online magazine published by the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA), is heavily influenced by Brexit, or rather the lack of it. As shippers face a confused and uncertain future, the UKWA reports on the latest advice from government, offers a 'Managing Uncertainty' guide from Associate Member Citation, and records the results of the most recent UKWA Brexit Member Poll.

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A Decade of Specific Training Means a Supply of Skilled Personnel

UK – The past two or three years have seen a rising fear amongst those who run road haulage and freight forwarding companies at the lack of staff, with shortages of HGV drivers and qualified office and warehouse personnel, a situation aggravated of course by Brexit uncertainty as EU nationals may choose to leave the UK.

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Road Accidents Studied and Training Provided to Police

UGANDA – Transaid has funded a project by the Makerere University School of Public Health, in Uganda, to implement a pilot to strengthen emergency medical services in post-crash care along selected roads servicing oil rich districts in the country. The objective of the project is to assess the capacity of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and pre-hospital care in these areas which have a high volume of heavy goods traffic, and to improve the capacity of emergency post-crash responders.

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Giant Ships Powered by Fuel of the Future

FRANCE – Shipping and logistics giant, CMA CGM has launched what it claims is the world's largest containership powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). Named in honour of the company's founder, the CMA CGM Jacques Saade is the first in a new fleet of nine French-flagged 23,000 TEU, LNG powered container vessels, all fitted with an extensive array of environmentally-friendly technologies.

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image: UK Pallet distribution road haulage drivers sight charity Vista Pall-Ex

Eyesight Vital to the Road Haulage Industry

UK – To any company involved in road haulage the eyesight of its drivers is obviously of paramount importance and now pallet distribution group Pall-Ex has teamed up with local sight loss charity Vista as part of a new health drive at its Leicestershire hub. The company invited the leading charity for people with sight loss to visit the Coalville facility with its fully equipped mobile support service bus to promote the importance of good eye health to its workforce.

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image: Germany auto parts dealer logistics warehouse Zetes Augustin group PSA Fiat

Three Hundred Percent Productivity Hike in Warehouse Performance

GERMANY – The Augustin Group began its auto supply business over three decades ago, concentrating mainly on parts for PSA and Fiat vehicles and, like many since the ecommerce revolution, has seen its online business grow. Now investment in warehouse and logistics processing has been introduced to handle the 40,000+ line items the company retains in stock.

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As It Returns to Profit Box Carrier Expands Operations

SAUDI ARABIA – The battle for traffic between the Gulf States continues as King Abdullah Port announced this week that OOCL has added to the number of ocean container carriers operating out of the 18 metre deep water facilities there.

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Focus on Digital Technologies to Facilitate Ever More Complex Supply Chains

EUROPE – US – AP Møller - Maersk is to extend its end-to-end container logistics services with JDA Software Warehouse Management solutions, to further build its warehousing and distribution services. The move is part of Maersk's ongoing focus on digital technologies intended to simplify its customers' increasingly complex supply chains.

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image: UK freight transport hauliers Clean Air Zone Newcastle FTA Euro VI or 6

Consultation Gives Hauliers a Chance to Speak Out

UK – Another Clean Air Zone (CAZ) has come under fire from the Freight Transport Association (FTA), this time in Newcastle. Any bus, HGV, taxi, minibus, van, or private hire vehicle entering the proposed Zone which does not meet the highest environmental standards, Euro VI or 6 for diesel and Euro 4 for petrol vehicles, will receive a charge once the scheme comes into force in 2021.

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Study Shows Share of Cargo Fluctuates Annually

UK – An ambitious growth strategy for rail freight could generate between £75-90 billion in environmental and economic benefits over the coming decade, according to a new report published by Rail Freight Group (RFG). The study, undertaken by Stephen Joseph Associates highlights how a new approach from national and local Governments, along with continued investment from the industry could unlock growth significantly in excess of current projections.

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Big Industry Hitters form Green Coalition

WORLDWIDE – The Getting to Zero Coalition, an alliance of senior leaders from the maritime, energy, infrastructure and finance sectors, have announced before heads of state and government at the UN Climate Action Summit that they will lead the push for international shipping's decarbonisation, with the mutual goal of having commercially viable zero emission vessels operating along deep sea trade routes by 2030.

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Switch from One Investment Group to Another

UK – Investment firm EQT Infrastructure II has announced that its portfolio company Hector Rail Group has entered into a definitive agreement to sell GB Railfreight to Infracapital, the unlisted infrastructure equity arm of M&G Prudential, with the deal expected to close in mid-October 2019.

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Evidence of Stockpiling as IMHX Event Opens

UK – As the IMHX 2019 show, one of the UK's biggest logistics events, starts its run at the NEC in Birmingham, Peter Ward, chief executive of the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) once again expressed his concerns over the continuity of the country's supply chain with Brexit looming ever closer. He commented:

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First Half of 2019 Witnesses Growth in Most Sectors but Slight Fall in RoRo

ABU DHABI – Abu Dhabi Ports has revealed robust operational performance with significant volume growth in the first half of 2019. The company, which operates ports and terminals across the UAE, as well as Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), said its success was driven in part by concession agreements signed with leading maritime firms, such as Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and COSCO Shipping Ports (CSP).

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Some Items You May Have Missed This Week

UK – This week's smaller freight and logistics items start as Narrow Aisle, which makes the popular range of Flexi articulated fork lift trucks, announces the launch of a dedicated online spare parts store. Flexi customers around the world will find all the original parts and accessories they need to ensure that their Flexi lift trucks operate at optimum efficiency.

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Who is Off to Which Job this Month

UK – Hull-based shipping and logistics company, John Good Shipping has strengthened its executive team with the appointment of Barry Clarkson as Head of IT. Clarkson will be responsible for leading John Good Shipping's IT Strategy and will provide technology leadership and vision for all areas of the business, as the company moves into a new phase of development and growth.

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Logistics Interests Get a New Chance to Network and Advertise Their Wares

UK – The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has reached an agreement with the event' organisers of Multimodal 2020, to expand its existing presence by creating a freight forwarders village in a prominent part of the exhibition hall.

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Unions Support Seaman Who Has Been Held Without Charge

SRI LANKA – There has been a wave of solidarity from hundreds of trade unionists from maritime unions affiliated with the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) for the plight of Captain Gennadiy Gavrylov who has been prevented from leaving Sri Lanka since his arrest on 23 June 2016 in connection with an ongoing police investigation relating to the Sri Lankan flagged vessel Avant Garde (IMO 8107036).

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Cranes to Facilitate Box Handling and Multiple Reefer Points in Scheme

UK – Building and civil Engineering firm, McLaughlin & Harvey has been awarded the contract to deliver the next phase of development at Peel Port's Liverpool2 deep-water container terminal. The multi-million project will significantly increase the footprint of the site and see the addition of ten cantilever rail mounted gantry cranes (CRMGs) and three ship-to-shore cranes (STS).

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Another Historic Wharf Comes Alive

UK – Peruvian Wharf on the River Thames gives an allegorical insight into the recent history of freight on the river. Having fallen out of use the wharf, one of fifty strategically located wharves on the Thames which have been safeguarded for cargo handling, has now been rejuvinated, ensuring the life of waterborne traffic both locally and beyond.

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European Commission Failing Workers and Environment

EUROPE – A new study released by the OECD and the International Transport Forum (ITF-OECD) on the current effect of direct and indirect maritime subsidies on the European shipping industry has found that the current system is failing European taxpayers and workers.

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Shipping Prices Fixed in Cartel Scandal

US – Louisiana-based freight forwarder, Dip Shipping has agreed to plead guilty to an antitrust charge for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices of freight forwarding services sold to customers in the United States and elsewhere. Under the terms of its plea agreement, Dip Shipping agreed to pay a $488,250 criminal fine.

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image: UK DP World London Gateway Logistics Park deep water port Compagnie Fruitière’s

London Gateway Logistics Park to Gain Another Customer

UK – Compagnie Fruitière UK, a supplier and ripener of bananas in the UK market place will open a brand-new ripening centre at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park. The build of the new site will get underway through 2020, with the goal of being fully operational by 2021.

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New Maritime Simulator Officially Gets Under Way

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
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Branson Tests Out New Technology

UK – Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, officially opened the Maritime Skills Academy (MSA) Solent's new Simulator Centre on Sunday 15 September, along with Virgin Voyages CEO Tom McAlpin. During the visit, the famed entrepreneur tested the simulators for himself and met some of the Crew who will be sailing and training at the centre for Virgin Voyages.

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Theft of Freight Rises Despite Advancing Technologies

WORLDWIDE – The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) has published a revision of its position paper containing recommendations aimed at improving the prevention of cargo theft and countering this growing issue. Criminals are becoming ever more sophisticated as the technology used to protect goods in transit evolves.

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image: AirBridgeCargo (ABC) and CargoLogicAir freight digital booking platform cargo one

Freight System Goes Live

WORLDWIDE – After the announcement that airlines AirBridgeCargo (ABC) and CargoLogicAir (CLA) have become the first air freight only carriers to join the air cargo booking platform cargo.one, the airlines are now live with the first bookings via the digital platform, opening numerous opportunities for its existing and potential customers.

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image: UK P&O freight ferries road haulage unaccompanied trailers import export Tilbury port

Unaccompanied Trailers Shipping Closer to the Capital

UK – FRANCE – There is to be a new daily freight ferry service launched by P&O which will run between Tilbury and Calais designed to give road haulage companies and shippers using unaccompanied trailers a route which terminates just 25 miles from Central London. Janette Bell, Chief Executive of P&O Ferries, said:

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This Time its Artists Who are Targeted in Shipping Fraud

UK – A quick trawl through the Handy Shipping Guide News search facility will reveal several dozen articles about scams perpetuated on or in the freight and logistics sector. We have indeed had our own name quoted on false airway bills and other documents. Now another attempt at criminal deception has been brought to our attention.

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image: UK air freight forwarder cargo handling AIS CCS-UK user group hauliers

Enhancement of Advance Information System

UK – Two users of the Advance Information System (AIS), which is free of charge to the users of the new CCS-UK module that helps speed up deliveries and collections of air cargo at Heathrow Airport, have collaborated with CCS-UK and the CCS-UK User Group to produce a system enhancement that enables them to send automatic status updates to airfreight forwarders and hauliers.

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image: South Africa Port of Richards Bay gas tanks Xin Si Lu cargo vessel lower emissions

LPG Terminal Under Construction at Major Port

SOUTH AFRICA – The arrival of the Xin Si Lu, a 12,700dwt deck carrier from China last week at the Port of Richards Bay, signified a major leap forward for the advancement of lower emissions in the country. The cargo of four new 5,650 tonne liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage bullets will form part of the new gas terminal housing the largest storage tanks in the world.

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Some Smaller but Interesting Items from the Industry News

WORLDWIDE – One of the big problems facing freight and logistics personnel who inhabit countries with developing economies is trying to better themselves whilst earning considerably less than their equivalent counterparts in better off states. Now the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is offering up to a 30% discount to those wishing to train for a career in the industry.

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Commitment of Those Who Search the Oceans Receive Plaudits

WORLDWIDE – UK – Exceptional search and rescue teams, outstanding individuals and innovative technology from around the world have been recognised in the annual International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) Awards, held earlier this week during London International Shipping Week (LISW 2019).

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image: UK rail freight group RFG logistics awards PD Ports annual awards

Host of Acknowledgements for Companies and Individuals Throughout the Sector

UK – The annual Rail Freight Group (RFG) Awards for Excellence in the industry were announced during the ceremony and celebratory dinner held at the De Vere Latimer Estate Hotel, Chesham this week (12 September). PD Ports picked up the Business of the Year prize with the judges praising its outstanding commitment to its logistics customers and to the wider local community in the North East.

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image: US Golden Ray car carrier Hyundai Glovis foundered Coast Guard crew rescued environmental concerns Altamaha River

So Far a Happy Ending to a Potential Tragedy

US – The sight of the Golden Ray, the South Korean car carrier which capsized in Saint Simons Sound near Brunswick in Georgia last Sunday will have had chilling memories for UK readers, with the striking similarity of the images from the Herald of Free Enterprise which turned over in the English Channel in 1987 with the loss of 193 souls.

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No Deal Doomsday Scenario Predicts Channel Ports Blocked for Up to Three Months

UK – The leaking of the government 'Yellowhammer' document which predicts cross Channel trade to be restricted initially to between 40-60% of current levels from Day 1 after leaving in the event of a no deal, has been understandably rather badly received by some of the UK's freight and logistics lobby. Operation Yellowhammer is the UK Treasury code name for departing the EU in such circumstances.

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Scheme Managed by Trustees Familiar with the Industry

UK – As the only bespoke pension provider for the maritime industry, Ensign, which operates a not-for-profit model, was delighted this month to be awarded master trust authorisation from The Pensions Regulator (TPR). Master trusts must be authorised by TPR in order to operate, requiring schemes to demonstrate appropriate safeguards are in place to ensure the protection of 14 million savers in these schemes.

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image: UK Britain coffee beans import Port of Tyne Ringtons tea merchant

Brewing Up for Success as Coffee Sales Rise

UK – Britain's love affair with coffee seems to be growing endlessly, and not just in the hipster bars buzzing with baristas in London's Borough Market and Shoreditch. In just three weeks the Port of Tyne has offloaded enough of the beans to make four and a half million cups of the stuff, all imported for local tea and coffee merchant Ringtons.

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Still Time to Nominate as Paralympic Athlete Announced as Event Host

UK – The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has announced Ade Adepitan, one of the UK's most well-known Paralympians and broadcasters, as the host for its annual Freight Service Awards competition. Entries to the awards, which are now in their 31st year, are still open. The appointment matches a succession of sporting heroes and heroines who have acted as BIFA hosts.

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Danes Give Dutch - UK RoPax Routes Extra Capacity

DENMARK – UK – NETHERLANDS – DFDS has entered into an agreement with the Italian ferry company Moby to acquire the two combined freight and passenger ferries (RoPax) Moby Wonder and Moby Aki, to increase the capacity for both passengers and freight customers on the Amsterdam-Newcastle route. The ferries were built in 2001 and 2005, respectively.

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Who is Responsible When You Get Hit by an Autonomous Vehicle?

GERMANY – US – Daimler Trucks and Torc Robotics have begun actively developing and testing highly automated trucks with SAE Level 4 intent technology on public roads. This at a time when driverless vehicles are under scrutiny, particularly from the insurance industry. The question being who pays if you are hit by an autonomous truck?

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Range of Scenarios Studied in Depth on How to Reduce Future Pollution from Ships

WORLDWIDE – UK – DNV GL - Maritime has released the third edition of its Maritime Forecast to 2050 at London International Shipping Week (LISW 2019). The Maritime Forecast examines the future of the shipping industry in a rapidly changing global energy landscape, with this year's report focusing on the challenge of reducing the carbon intensity of the global fleet to meet the ambitious targets set by the IMO's greenhouse gas reduction (GHG) strategy. Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO of DNV GL, commented:

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Ships Receive Service Which Also Has Socio Economic Benefits Built In

SOUTH AFRICA – Two new AgustaWestland helicopters manufactured by Italian global high-tech company, Leonardo, have gone into service at the Ports of Durban and Richards Bay. The pair will service the KwaZulu-Natal ports where they will transfer marine pilots onto and off visiting ships for vessels to be guided in safely and efficiently.

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Charity Wants a Permanent Floating Source of Assistance

UK – CARIBBEAN – The plan to launch a futuristic vessel to support disaster relief operations and train suitable staff, which we gave full details of in our August article, received some heavyweight support this week when it was officially launched at London International Shipping Week (LISW 2019).

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Hurricane Dorian Shatters the Island Paradise

BAHAMAS – The halcyon, millionaires playground image of the Bahamas has been destroyed by the news coming out of the islands in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian which devastated many of the 700 or so islands and islets which make up the coral archipelago. Those on the scene report horrific scenes with all dwellings in some of the thirty or so inhabited islands totally ruined. A death toll of just 7 is likely to rise sharply as the first aid workers, including inevitably some from the freight and logistics community, arrive on the scene.

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Low Carbon Projects Get a Cash Boost during LISW 2019

UK – As London International Shipping Week (LISW 2019) proceeds apace, the British government has announced further funding to support new low-carbon maritime shipping technology projects through Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK), a consortium of leading maritime organisations.

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IMOIIMAX Merchant Ship Design Proving a Success

SWEDEN – WORLDWIDE – The widening range of classes of merchant ships as new technologies find their way into the industry are to be celebrated as they tend toward cutting emissions and reducing costs for ship operators and shippers alike. One company certainly celebrating this week is Gothenburg oil tanker fleet operator Concordia Maritime AB which is to receive a $5 million payout for its IMOIIMAX concept.

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Pirates, Hijackers and People Smugglers to be Under the Eye in the Sky

UK – Worldwide – A new Memorandum of Understanding has been agreed between Reading headquartered Horizon Technologies and the Harwell based Satellite Applications Catapult, with the National Maritime Information Centre (NMIC), to provide government end-users with crucial maritime information allowing law enforcement agencies to pinpoint and potentially intercept law breakers at sea. The concept is to form a security umbrella for container ships, tankers and indeed any merchant vessels potentially at risk of attack whilst at sea.

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image: UK British International Freight Association (BIFA) Brexit Customs processes

Worries Expressed for Post Brexit Computer Records Prompt Calls for Delay to CDS

UK – With rhetoric over the imminent prospect of Brexit, hard, soft, no deal or otherwise ramping up by the day, the British International Freight Association (BIFA), which represents the views of Britain's freight forwarding and logistics professional community, has come forward to express its concerns over progress of the development of a new computer system that will replace an existing system used for processing Customs declarations.

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Post Brexit Optimism from Government Ministers

UK – At the start of London International Shipping Week (LISW 2019) the event has been hailed by government as an indication that, no matter the result of Brexit, the UK is open for business and has a bright future in international trade. Maritime trade will take centre stage this week as 20,000 industry leaders head to the capital for a host of individual events, exhibitions and seminars all concluding on Friday September 13.

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Call for Apprenticeship Levy as Government Unlocks Funds to Train HGV Drivers

UK – The government has announced its support for the not-for-profit 'Road to Logistics' scheme, a brainchild of the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and fleet telematics and management systems outfit Microlise. The pair have been working together for three years to put together a plan to fill the tens of thousands of vacancies which exist for commercial drivers. Now official sanction comes in the form of a £1 million investment from the Department for Transport.

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As Some Crew Freed so Balance Sufficient to Run the Ship Remain as Hostages

IRAN – Quite what the Iranian authorities hope to achieve by their patently illegal detention of the Swedish owned 50,000 dwt bulk tanker Stena Impero, which was seized by its armed military forces some fifty days ago, remains a mystery to all concerned. This week five Indians, one Latvian and one Russian crew were allowed to leave and arrived, apparently safe and well, in Dubai.

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Paucity of Staff Moves in This Holiday Period

HONG KONG – Kerry Logistics Network has appointed John Parkes as its Managing Director – Integrated Logistics, with immediate effect. Based in Hong Kong, Parkes will oversee the overall management of Kerry Logistics’ global integrated logistics (IL) business.

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Some of the Smaller Items on the Logistics Agenda in the Past Seven Days

GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – With the news that according to the Transported Assets Protection Association (TAPA), cargo theft is at record levels, Danish headquartered maritime security information group Risk Intelligence A/S is expanding its products and services to cover land transportation. Announcing all new LandRisk, the company will offer companies involved in land-based logistics, by road, rail or in-land waterways a variety of sought-after tools to mitigate risks to employees, assets and cargo.

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Bulk Carrier Held in Port After Accusations of Wage Theft and Bullying

AUSTRALIA – Another case of a company not paying wages to the crew of a merchant ship this week as the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) reveals it has detained the Chinese owned bulk carrier Fortune Genius at the Port of Gladstone after a series of allegations regarding the treatment of those on board.

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Second UK Port Seizure in Under a Month

UK – An international investigation has resulted following the largest ever seizure of heroin in the UK this week, denying vast sums of money to organised crime groups and breaking a record that had only been set a mere few weeks prior. The National Crime Agency (NCA) has announced that nearly 1.3 tonnes of the Class A drug were recovered from a container ship, the Maersk Gibraltar, after she docked at the Port of Felixstowe on August 30.

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Environment in Mind for Infrastructure and Intermodal Matters

UK – Two of the leading lights in the British rail freight sector have announcements this week, with a multi-million pound investment programme to improve track and rail infrastructure from DB Cargo UK, whilst GB Railfreight is to commence a new intermodal service from one of the country's leading container ports. Keywords DB Cargo UK GB Railfreight intermodal track infrastructure rail freight container ports

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Acoustic Signature Monitored to Detect Changes

AUSTRALIA – US – WORLDWIDE – Ping Services has launched a device that uses acoustic analysis, machine learning and the Internet of Things (IoT) to continuously detect wind turbine blade damage. Ping has also partnered with fellow South Australian space start up, Myriota, a satellite communications company, to allow it to transmit data in remote areas without internet or mobile phone coverage. Whilst this may seem to have little to do with the logistics industry in fact Ping is investigating the development of applications for the rail freight industry.

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More Efficient Fleet Management Using Internet of Things

FINLAND – WORLDWIDE – Digitalisation is bringing a revolution to the entire logistics sector ranging from tracking consignments right across the world, to artificial intelligence sorting Pick and Pack orders and drones providing security in rail transit facilities. One of the most useful aspects however is another form of security, providing safety for road haulage operators, with telematics offering more efficient truck fleet control with real time information. Now a major tyre manufacturer has introduced a product to boost tyre management options.

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Partnership with Domestic Airline Seeks Emission Free Air Travel

UK – NORWAY – Industrial technology company Rolls-Royce, a name we are increasingly associating with environmental matters as opposed to prestigious cars and jet engines, and Scandinavian domestic airline Widerøe, have launched a joint research programme on zero-emissions aviation. The programme is part of the airline's ambition to replace and electrify its regional fleet of 30+ planes by 2030.

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Scandinavian Mooring and Water Environment Specialists Combine Talents

SWEDEN – DENMARK – Trelleborg's marine and infrastructure operation has announced that it will collaborate with Danish water environment specialist, DHI, enabling marine consultants and port owners to more realistically simulate vessel movements in ports and increase port efficiency.

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Base and Lid Design Means Ease of Securing Bulky Cargoes Properly

UK – Most people who know about the unique design of the containers produced by CakeBoxx Technologies think immediately of their use as high security boxes. The very fact that the two part units have no doors to be pried open make them a near impossible target for thieves not at least armed with heavy duty angle grinders, not the tools of choice for villains trying to keep quiet.

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Memorial to the Dead Brings Criticism of Standards in Ocean Freight Carriage Today

UK – AUSTRALIA – WORLDWIDE – This year's Merchant Navy Day, September 3, is being widely celebrated, particularly by maritime unions at home and abroad. Australia is one place witnessing ceremonies commemorating the sacrifice of the one in eight Australian merchant seafarers who lost their lives during World War II, fighting to maintain the supply chain of goods and materials so essential to maintain the war effort.

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Concerns at Leading European Airport Over Half Year Statistics

NETHERLANDS – WORLDWIDE – A deterioration of the air freight market coupled with the lack of suitable capacity has been blamed and is concerning the management at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol following the release of figures showing how total cargo volume decreased by 9.2% to 767,519 tonnes, compared with 2018, but total belly cargo volume increased by 0.9% as the mid-year figures were released.

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Merchant Navy Medal Winners Include an Heroic 93 Year Old Year Veteran Captain

UK – As an island race the British have a long association with the sea and, in an age when crews tend to have an international flavour, there is still room to celebrate those sailors from home and abroad who have contributed, particularly on this, Merchant Navy day (September 3), with the announcement of the recipients of the 2019 Merchant Navy Medal awards.

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image: France UK Eurotunnel Brexit ready freight trade goods Michael Gove Gerald Darmanin

Channel Tunnel Carries Over 25 Percent of British European Trade

UK – FRANCE – As confusion continues amongst the political elite in London and Brussels the Channel Tunnel authorities have been at pains to point out that, no matter the result of the shenanigans in Westminster and beyond, the pipeline which carries a quarter of the goods traded between the UK and Europe is Brexit ready.

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image: France Paris Charles de Gaulle airport freight forwarder cargo handler WFS pharma centre

Airlines and Forwarders Served by New Facility

FRANCE – This month sees Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), which claims the title of the world's largest air cargo handler, open its new €10 million Pharma Centre in its home town of Paris. The company already operates its range of services for airline and freight forwarding customers from the chosen venue of Charles de Gaulle airport. The investment figure quoted also includes equipment and supplies for the next decade.

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Desire to Maintain a Pristine Environment with Sustainable Energy

UK – With the protection of the environment currently very much to the fore, one of the places in Britain which sees a diverse abundance of wildlife in land, sea and air is the group of islands which lay off Scotland's west coast. Now a study has been conducted to evaluate the use of hydrogen powered RoRo ferries on the lifeline freight and passenger routes which service them from the mainland in a bid to protect this unique habitat.

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