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Latest Heathrow Decision Disappoints Freight Interests Whilst Environmentalists Rejoice

Once Again Delays Dog the Prospects of Increased Trade by Air

UK – Seven months on from the departure of former Transport Secretary and walking disaster Chris Grayling, his decisions whilst in power at the Department for Transport still smack of the poisoned chalice he so often spilt now that plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport have been ruled illegal by the Court of Appeal over environmental concerns.

Thursday, February 27, 2020
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First New Type Approval Awarded for LTO Maritime Lithium Batteries

Technology Keeps Moving Forward with an Eye on Safety

SWEDEN – The future of successfully powering every transport mode, from lorries to ocean going ships and potentially even aircraft, will likely depend heavily on the improvements being made in lithium battery construction. The news comes this week that DNV-GL has awarded its first Type Approval Certificate for a lithium titanium oxide (LTO) battery system.

Thursday, February 27, 2020
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EU Slaps On Half a Million Euro Bill for Illegal State Aid to Rail Freight Group

European Commission Penalises Company After a Decade of Hard Times

ROMANIA – EUROPE – The European Commission (EC) has found that rail freight operator CFR Marfa received at least €570 million of incompatible State aid from Romania through a debt write-off and failure to collect debts from the company. The EC says that Romania must now recover the illegal aid, plus interest, from CFR Marfa. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, commented:

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
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Specialist Vessel Could be Acquired at a Knock Down Price Says Maritime Union

As Antarctic Icebreaker Retires She Could Fill an Emergency Void

AUSTRALIA – Sub-zero weather conditions are not something one tends to naturally associate with a country where bushfires in the middle of the worst drought in memory have been hitting the headlines, however that is what is concerning the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) this month as the country's icebreaker Aurora Australis undertakes her final Antarctic voyage before being replaced by the RSV Nuyina later this year.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
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New Fire Mitigation Class Notation for Vessels Awarded to the Largest Container Ships

MSC puts Safety First to Try and Eliminate the Horrors of a Blaze at Sea

WORLDWIDE – Classification society, DNV GL has awarded a ground-breaking new class notation to mitigate fire risks on container ships, to Swiss container shipping giant Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC). The notation has been implemented on the largest container ships in the world, the 23,000+ TEU class, of which the MSC Gülsün was the first to be launched.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
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New Shipping Minister Faces Demands from Maritime Union

Post Brexit Will She Protect British Interests?

UK – Nautilus International, the trade union, representing 20,000 maritime professionals working at sea and ashore, has welcomed the new shipping minister, Kelly Tolhurst MP and called for the government to take urgent action to safeguard the future of British shipping and avert a forecast shortage of home-grown maritime expertise.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
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Wooden Pallets Can Cause Problems in an Automated Supply Chain Operation

It Seems in Some Cases if You Want to Be Environmental - Go Plastic

UK – Just as the Bronze and Iron Ages before it, we are living now in the Plastic Age, and most of the publicity currently is all negative as the material seeps its way into the very fabric of the planet. There may be however some reasons to welcome the controversial product into the supply chain, and one British company puts up a spirited argument in favour of the plastic versions of the ubiquitous pallet which every logistics outfit, and many other industries, are familiar with.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
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Resources and Logistics Group Drives Commercial Truck Production in Nigeria

Africa's Wealthiest Resident Buoys Up Flagging Industry

NIGERIA – As the undisputed richest man in Africa Aliko Dangote has a finger in many pies, from the cement business he helped transform, to foodstuffs and logistics, and is somewhat obsessive about enriching his country rather than passing wealth abroad. Now his Dangote group is hailed as saving the production plant of Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company (ANAMMCO), Enugu with a string of orders for home built trucks to support his many business ventures.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
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Marine Fuel Supplier Moves Into International Market With New Finance Facility

IMO Sulphur Cap Prompts Overseas Growth

UK – The incoming mandatory fuel sulphur cap regulations for ocean going vessels have seemingly been good news for some marine fuel suppliers. Hartlepool-based Propeller Fuels says the upswing in interest in recent months is attributable to the IMO regulations and it has prompted the company to look at ways to expand its international trade.

Monday, February 24, 2020
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