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November 06, 2014: Etihad Cargo, the fast-moving freight division of Etihad Airways, has expanded its fleet of freighter aircraft with the placement of a third Boeing 747 freighter from Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc. as part of a multi-year Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance (ACMI) agreement.

The 747-400 freighter is the third aircraft to be operated by Atlas Air Inc. on behalf of Etihad Cargo, and complements existing lease agreements previously signed by Etihad Cargo for Boeing 747 freighter aircraft in May 2012 and May 2013.

Scheduled to come into service this month, the Etihad Cargo Boeing 747-400 freighter aircraft has a payload capacity of 115 tonnes and a range of more than 8,000 kilometres.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, said: "Etihad Cargo continues to play a vital role in the growth and profit of the airline. We reported US$804 million in cargo revenue during the first three quarters of 2014, and we are on track for this business to be turning over US$1 billion by the end of the year."

William J. Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide, said: "We are continuing to expand our strategic partnership with Etihad Cargo and are delighted to support the sustained strong growth of its global cargo network."

The delivery will take Etihad Cargo's freighter fleet to 10 aircraft, consisting four Airbus A330-200F, three Boeing B777F, and three Boeing 747F aircraft.

In May 2013 Etihad Cargo reinforced its position as a global operator with the entry into service of its first round-the-world freighter routing in conjunction with Atlas Air Worldwide, connecting Etihad Cargo's Abu Dhabi hub with destinations in Asia, the United States, South America and Europe.

AN124 Ebola V-DPRESS RELEASE

November 06, 2014: One of Volga-Dnepr Airlines' An-124-100 freighters has operated to five cities in Congo, Ghana, Mali, Guinea-Bissau and Ivory Coast to deliver urgent equipment being used to help fight the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the region.

The flights to Kinshasa, Accra, Bamako, Bissau and Abidjan carried five 20-ton containers, part of the Chinese government's programme to help countries in West Africa affected by the virus. The An-124 operated from Tianjin, China.

The cargo included one-use protective suits, respirators, glasses, boot covers and other equipment used as part of the anti-epidemic measures being taken by healthcare workers operating in the worst affected areas.

Volga-Dnepr Airlines is operating in accordance with the recommendations of the UN Security Council that called on airlines and maritime companies to ensure transport connections with African countries suffering from the Ebola virus comply with special medical procedures.

This latest flight follows a delivery of three multi-purpose Mi-8 helicopters by Volga-Dnepr on October 14 for the United Nations (UN) emergency health mission responding to the Ebola virus outbreak. This An-124 flight was operated from Moscow, Russia, to Freetown in Sierra Leone.

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November 04, 2014: Ethiopian Airlines, the largest cargo operator in Africa, received its third B777-200 LR Freighter on 3 November 2014.

Ethiopian was the first in Africa to receive the B777-200 LR freighter on 19 September 2012 and is still the only African operator of this modern aircraft. The aircraft, which has exceptional uplift, range, fuel efficiency and temperature control capabilities, is perfectly suited for the transport of Ethiopia's growing export of perishables, such as fruits, flowers, vegetables and meat.

In line with its Vision 2025 strategic roadmap and its commitment to support the country's export of perishables, Ethiopian is fast expanding its cargo fleet and infrastructure. The airline will phase in an additional B777-200 LR freighter before the end of 2014 and 2 more in 2015. It is also building a new cargo terminal with both cold and dry storage facilities, capable of handling 1.2 million tons of cargo annually, making it one of the biggest in the world.

"We are phasing in the most modern cargo aircraft such as the B777-200 LR freighter and building one of the largest cargo terminals in the world with the aim of expanding and improving our cargo service in support of our country's and our continent's growing imports and exports. The B777 Freighter is unmatched in its fleet category and will be deployed on existing and new long routes for carriage of flowers, fruits, vegetables and meat," said Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian.

Ethiopian Cargo, the largest cargo operator in Africa, currently flies to 24 freighter destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe using 8 dedicated freighters, including wide-bodies such as the B777-200 LR and MD-11 aircraft.

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November 04, 2014: DFDS Seaways, the Scottish Government and Forth Ports signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which they agree to continue the Rosyth-Zeebrugge freight shipping service under the management of DFDS Seaways.

"We are very pleased to be able to continue this freight route for the benefit of our customers, for whom it was important to safeguard their transport business between Belgium and Scotland. We have always been very committed to this route and we are very satisfied that with good dialogue with the Scottish Government and Forth Ports we were able to find a solution to maintain the service in light of the forthcoming sulphur requirements, which will pose enormous challenges for the transport industry," says Niels Smedegaard, CEO of DFDS, who signed the agreement today with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and CEO Charles Hammond of Forth Ports.

Rosyth-Zeebrugge will continue to be the only freight service between Scotland and Continental Europe. DFDS Seaways will maintain its existing sailing schedule, with the vessel FINLANDIA SEAWAYS offering three departures in each direction per week. In addition to this, DFDS Seaways and Forth Ports are pleased to announce that infrastructure improvements at the Rosyth terminal will allow double-stacking of containers on board the vessel. This decision will increase freight capacity, as requested by our Scottish and Continental customers.

Senior Vice President Kell Robdrup adds: "We would like to thank all stakeholders involved for their continued support for this environmentally-friendly mode of transport and we look forward to welcoming additional customers making use of the only ferry service directly linking the Continent and Scotland."

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November 04, 2014: Groupe Eurotunnel SA announces that the Glasgow-based UK multimodal logistics provider, John G. Russell, has contracted Eurotunnel rail freight subsidiary, Europorte, to run a Cross- Channel Intermodal rail service for its customers 2XL and Novatrans.

The flow, which will start this month, will comprise 5 trains per week between Dourges (near Lille) and Barking, transporting products for Procter & Gamble. The trains will travel through the Channel Tunnel and then up High Speed 1.

The knowledge and professionalism of the Europorte and Russell teams have brought together all the interested parties to achieve a major step forward utilising a route that achieves European gauge capability, with a delivery right to the outskirts of London. This is further proof that the Atlantic Rail freight Corridor (ARC), which will link the Pyrenees to Dourges, should be extended through the Channel Tunnel to Great Britain to improve its profitability.

This contract is a demonstration of the competitive option offered by cross-Channel rail freight compared to maritime routes. It shows the efficiencies that can be gained by reducing unnecessary ground handling whilst also limiting carbon emissions for transporters who are increasingly seeking an environmentally friendly alternative.

Following the double-digit growth in cross-Channel rail freight in the third quarter of 2014, Eurotunnel has outlined the five most significant barriers to companies seeking to launch new rail freight services, to an audience of rail specialists:

  • Differences in train dimensions: In Italy, the length of trains is limited to 500m, in Spain it is 400m and in Germany 600m compared to 750m in France and the UK, thereby limiting transport capacity (25% less capacity between Italy and the UK)
  • Gauge differences: the gauge of the UK network is narrower and requires lower wagons than the rest of Europe. These wagons are more expensive and have a reduced capacity. This increases transport costs by €300 per train and reduces revenues by 20%.
  • The generalized use of "long" (13.6m) containers, which are less adaptable to "multi- freight" wagons, across continental Europe
  • The lack of electrification on lines from the Channel Tunnel across Kent
  • The absence of a rail freight corridor linking Manchester and Birmingham.

Buoyed by this demonstration of support, Eurotunnel is calling on the governments to take the measures necessary at every step of the process to put more freight onto rail and to help develop clean and sustainable cross-Channel transport.

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November 03, 2014: Cathay Pacific Airways today announced the launch of a new freighter service to Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, commencing 23 November 2014.

The scheduled service will operate twice a week on a Hong Kong-Singapore-Penang-Phnom Penh-Hong Kong routing and will further strengthen the airline's presence within the Asia Pacific region, offering customers greater choice and flexibility when moving goods between Cambodia and other parts of the world.

Cathay Pacific's Director Cargo James Woodrow said: "We are delighted to strengthen our already extensive network in Asia by operating scheduled freighter services to Cambodia for the first time. This new service to Phnom Penh will boost the flow of garments and other manufactured products out of Cambodia, taking advantage of our world-class facilities in Hong Kong to connect to our comprehensive cargo network."

Cathay Pacific currently operates cargo services to 45 freighter destinations around the world, including a new service to Calgary launched last month. Dragonair, the sister airline of Cathay Pacific, has been operating passenger services between Hong Kong and Phnom Penh since 1993.

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November 03, 2014: A deal to transfer ownership of many of Britain's key rail freight sites to Network Rail has been agreed with three of the country's biggest freight operating companies.

The acquisition covers 105 sites in total – 87 from DB Schenker, 15 from Freightliner and three from GB Railfreight.

With freight market growth predicted to more than double over the next 30 years, the self financing transaction of more than 100 leasehold sites from DB Schenker, Freightliner and GB Railfreight represents the first substantive change in the strategic management and development of Britain's rail freight estate in the two decades since privatisation.

It will make Britain's freight sites more readily available to the growing number of rail freight operators and end users, increasing competition and supporting growth in a sector which directly contributes almost £900m to Britain's economy each year and supports an economic output of £6bn.

Paul McMahon, Network Rail freight director, said "This represents one of the biggest changes to the rail freight sector in this country in decades and is a bold strategic move by the industry. It will help drive continued rail freight growth, give customers greater transparency and equality in property arrangements, allow Network Rail to make more efficient use of the network and release capital for freight operating companies to invest in their operations.

"Consolidating the ownership and management of our key freight sites puts us in the best possible position to promote a more efficient and effective use of the rail network by freight traffic in coming years. It will also enable redundant land to be redeveloped and provide a valuable additional source of revenue for Network Rail as it delivers a bigger, better value railway for Britain."

Network Rail exchanged unconditional purchase contracts with each of the three vendor operators on 31 March 2014, with the transactions completed on 31 October 2014.

 

 

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November 04, 2014: A class action lawsuit alleging U.S. clothing manufacturers have violated California's false advertising law by including foreign-made zippers or buttons has been upheld by a federal judge.

According to trade advisors Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, the case could still result in settlements, damages or other expensive alternatives for the affected companies.

In Paz v. AG Adriano Goldschmeid Inc. et al, the defendant requested that such an allegation against it be dismissed on the grounds that the California law is pre-empted because it conflicts with federal laws – namely, the Federal Trade Commission Act and the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act – that allow more flexibility in the use of the "made in USA" label.

In its decision, the court indicated for the first time that a "made in USA" claim using qualifying language, such as "made in USA of imported fabric and components," would not run afoul of the California statute. The court noted that the strict conditions in the California law only apply to "made in USA" labels and that the statute fails to provide any guidance on whether qualified labels would constitute a violation. However, the decision is not yet final.

The court held that there is no conflict between the different federal and California standards because it is possible to comply with both (e.g., by labeling the jeans according to the California standard inside California and according to the federal standard elsewhere), even though doing so may be burdensome to the apparel company.

California law prohibits any product from being labeled "made in USA" if that product or any article, unit or part thereof has been entirely or substantially made, manufactured or produced outside of the United States. Apparel companies are particularly vulnerable to claims of violating this law because their goods are typically composed of many components sourced from numerous locations around the world.

PRESS RELEASE

November 04, 2014: IAG Cargo has today announced the launch of a new service: EuroConnector – a simple, cost effective and time-definite option for shipping freight into, around and out of Europe. This innovative service will further help the carrier optimise capacity on its short-haul network. The launch has been timed to coincide with peak business demand in the run up to Christmas.

Businesses that currently rely on truck networks when connecting globally to or from Europe can now take advantage of the carrier's short-haul network through a simply-priced tariff. Connecting to the 114 European destinations on IAG Cargo's network, EuroConnector delivers cargo within either 24 or 48 hours. The service, which utilises capacity on narrow-body aircraft, is available for shipments of less than 300kg and can be booked at www.iagcargo.com.

Both versions of the service are built with reliability in mind, with the added benefit of a performance guarantee on EuroConnector 24. Booking cut-off times range from two to six hours depending on whether the cargo is loose or intact. All routings are via London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Madrid or Barcelona and are serviced by the more than 6,000 weekly flights IAG Cargo supports on its European network, bringing customers unprecedented flexibility and choice.

Steve Gunning, CEO IAG Cargo, commented: "EuroConnector offers global businesses a choice of time-definite, cost-effective solutions for shipping goods into, around and out of Europe. Innovative services such as EuroConnector will prove hugely important to our continued long-term success; improving capacity utilisation and helping us grow market share."

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November 04, 2014: Descartes, the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that Gist, a leading supply chain services provider, has expanded its use of Descartes Smartanalysis, a tachograph analysis and compliance management solution, across its European road transport operations.

"We've been using Descartes Smartanalysis for over four years in the UK with more than 1,000 heavy goods vehicles and 2,000 drivers," said Ken Clarke, Head of Transport Operations in Europe for Gist.

"Before using Descartes, managing compliance for our large and widely dispersed fleet in Europe was a time-consuming and labour-intensive operation for Gist. By extending our use of Smartanalysis to include the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, France and Scandinavia, we can drive additional efficiencies in our business."

The European Union is continuing its efforts to harmonise the enforcement of legislation regarding tachograph data and drivers' hours across member states to promote road safety and ensure a level competitive landscape between commercial road transport operators.

As part of Descartes' Smart Compliance suite designed to address these regulations, Descartes Smartanalysis is a cloud-based tachograph analysis solution that helps road transport operators with fleets of all sizes, like Gist, meet legal obligations with regard to drivers' hours, working time, and tachograph regulations. It also has capabilities to verify that drivers hold a valid driving licence and to access tachograph data, analysis and reports via the Internet.

"As enforcement efforts increase across Europe, leading transport operators such as Gist are more proactively managing their compliance," said Steve Fisher, Managing Director of Descartes UK. "By using Descartes Smartanalysis for its European operations, Gist has enhanced its compliance capabilities, allowing it to be more focused on running its core business and better serving customers."

Gist provides innovative bespoke supply chain solutions that deliver cost savings, environmental benefits and competitive advantage. Gist Limited is a supply chain company with a history spanning over 100 years. They have over 3,000 customers from a wide range of commercial and industrial sectors including market leaders such as Marks & Spencer and Starbucks.

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November 03, 2014: Chief Executive Andre Toet has said the decision to allow GAC EnvironHull permission to seek a license to operate its remotely operated hull cleaning systems at SOHAR can revolutionise the industry and put Oman and its forward-thinking leadership firmly on the world map when it comes to technological innovation.

The unmanned, cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly remotely operated vehicle uses the latest in underwater cleaning technologies to keep ships free from marine fouling and allow owners to optimise fuel consumption and the overall performance of their vessels. In doing so they will eliminate damage caused by traditional cleaning, remove risks faced by human divers, and stop waste being discharged into the sea.

"The traditional process of brushing can be damaging to the anti-fouling surfaces of a ships' hull over time – not to mention quite time consuming. However, were the EnvironHull ROV to operate at SOHAR, Oman would revolutionise its shipping industry in the blink of eye. Ships could be cleaned while cargo is loaded and unloaded, the removal of harmful marine growth would increase fuel efficiency, and all of that will have consequences for both health and safety and the global environment," said Toet.

"While the initial cost of around US$3.5 per square metre is higher than the US$1.2 spent on divers, when you take into consideration the average US$6 damage caused to anti-fouling surfaces, the EnvironHull ROV is a competitive. On top of this, at 1,000-1,500 square metres per hour, it is also up to five times faster."

Permission for the pioneering cleaning service to seek a license was effectively granted by the (Oman) Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) earlier this week, and is part of a broad environmental initiative at SOHAR.

"Oman has one of the world's lowest carbon footprints, at 0.17 percent, and while our growth strategy is ambitious, it remains rooted in the environment. This is the basis for [our] environmental programmes and workshops, and is also behind the hull cleaning and LNG services," said SOHAR Freezone CEO Jamal Aziz.

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