French authorities aiming to improve ports competitiveness

The French prime minister Edouard Phillipe said at a maritime conference at Le Havre that France needs to draw up a national strategy to make its ports more competitive in the global maritime industry. The authorities have designated three port systems of European and international importance to develop. They are Le Havre, Marseilles and Dunkirk. Mr Phillipe has designated key officials in the regions
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Air freight capacity crunch

In November the air freight sector has been confronted with a serious capacity crunch driven by high demand and insufficient extra-peak season supply. It has led to higher rates and cargo backlogs at several airports, especially in China. Surging cross-border demand triggered by the online retail event in China, “Singles Day” on November 11th led to traditional “hard” air freight being put aside because
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Tesla launching a battery-powered truck

Tesla has launched a battery-powered truck, which it claims will offer an extraordinary performance improvement, increased safety, lower overall costs and a better driver experience compared with diesel vehicles. It will be available in 2019. Without a trailer Tesla Semi achieves 0-60 mph in just 5 seconds, compared to 15 seconds in a comparable diesel truck. With a full 40 tonne load it does
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UPS plans £100m investment at East Midlands Airport

UPS is planning to invest more than £100 million in the construction of a new parcel sorting and delivery complex at East Midlands Airport (EMA), according to local media reports. EMA is already UPS’s biggest air hub in the UK and its second largest in Europe after Cologne. UPS’s spokesperson confirmed that planning permission had been submitted for expansion of their operations at the
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GPS spoofing patterns discovered

Examination of global ship tracking data for the last two years has shown several instances of multiple vessels reporting their locations as being on land at airports far from where the ships were operating off shore. “Spoofing” a GPS receiver is the intentional transmission of false GPS signals to cause it to provide incorrect time or location information. “Jamming” is blocking reception of GPS
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Successful year end expected for air freight industry

Air freight markets are expected to have a successful end of the year, the only drawback being the prospect of capacity bottlenecks as peak season approaches. Big companies, such as Panalpina and DHL Global Forwarding have been preparing the ground in anticipation of a strong finish to a year. They have negotiated peak capacity with carriers, increased their block space agreements (BSA), secured capacity
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World Maritime Day

The maritime sector, which includes shipping, ports and people that operate them, can and should play a significant role helping countries to create conditions for increased employment, prosperity and stability, through promoting trade by sea, enhancing the port and maritime sector as wealth creators, and through developing a sustainable blue economy at sea. This is the key message being shared around the world on
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“New Silk Road” rail freight service

Hong Kong-based transport and supply chain solutions group Tigers has launched a new Asia-Europe rail freight service, Tiger Rail, offering customers a 16-day transit time both east and westbound, between Duisburg, Germany, and Hefei, Chongqing, and Chengdu, China. Tiger Rail customers can charter a train, or book Full Container Load (FCL) or Less than Container Load (LCL) shipments on weekly scheduled services to and
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Felixstowe rail freight upgrade

Campaigners including Freight on Rail and the Campaign for Better Transport have welcomed increased capacity for freight trains to and from the UK container port of Felixstowe that will cater for the immediate, suppressed demand for rail freight services on this key intermodal route. Network Rail recently announced that the upgrades to the branch line between Felixstowe and Ipswich are on schedule to be
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Sharks flown from the US to Brazil

American Airlines Cargo recently flew two sand tiger sharks from New York Airport and three bonnethead sharks from Miami International Airport, all to Rio de Janeiro. All five sharks were headed to their new home at an aquarium in Nova Iguazu, Brazil via two different Boeing 777-200s. American Airlines worked with Four Star Cargo to ensure the sharks arrived safely and on time. The
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