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Australian Maritime Union Cries Out for Safety and Equality with US Domestic Shipping Regulations

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

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

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

Musk Shapes Up for Low Orbit Technology Revolution

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

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

Once Again Covid Also Muddies the Waters

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

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

Units Oversee Safe Transit for Shipping

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

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

Appointments Start with a Cultural Bent

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

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

Pieces You May Have Missed This Week

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

Friday, August 7, 2020
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Two Port Rivals Join Up to Announce Major New Freeport Boost for the River Thames

Government Policy Post Brexit Prompts New Partnership

UK – Whilst the major port operators are seen by outsiders as rivals, those involved in ocean freight know that behind the scenes there are always a number of high level contacts between them. Now it seems government's avowed intent to promote a series of freeports around Britain has spawned a collaboration on the River Thames.

Friday, August 7, 2020
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Lockdown Gives Time for Essential training in Logistics as Brexit Approaches

Industry Organisations Urge Companies to Take Action Now

UK – WORLDWIDE – As the world attempts to crawl from the slough of viral despond which has impacted every place and industry, the emphasis from many in the logistics associated industries is on the routes to recovery, with a determination to come back stronger than before.

Friday, August 7, 2020
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Partnership to Carry Rail Freight Extended for Another Five Years

Power Station Relies on Delivery of Biomass - Come What May

UK – In the decade since GB Railfreight (GBRf) and the Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire started working together the technology has shifted from the original wagons, coal carriers converted with lids to haul the biomass, to new purpose-built trucks to carry the pellet fuel.

Thursday, August 6, 2020
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UK Government Publishes Latest Plans to Avoid Post-Brexit Congestion for Road Haulage Drivers

Fines, Banishment from Kent for Wrong Documents, Proposed Systems and a Consultation

UK – EUROPE – Earlier this week the Department for Transport (DfT) published its latest information regarding proposals to adapt the infamous 'Operation Brock', the plan to control traffic on the link roads between the Channel Strait ports and the rest of the country. Having had to withdraw its plan for a lorry park at Stanford West due to its own failings, the back-up is to use the Kentish motorways as a truck park in busy times.

Thursday, August 6, 2020
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