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November 27, 2014: Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world-leading maritime services provider, has signed a joint venture agreement with Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), one of the world's largest global container carriers, to form a new entity known as OOCL Egypt S.A.E.

Launching in December 2014, the joint venture takes advantage of existing synergies, including local market knowledge, to enable closer working with Egyptian customers.

OOCL Egypt will operate from existing ISS offices in Cairo, Alexandria, Port Said, and Damietta with some ISS employees transferring across to the new entity. Designed to become a "one-stop-shop" for Egyptian customers, the organisation will be well positioned to deliver top service quality, and offer full container fleet network coverage.

Commenting on the new contract, Eddie Filus, Senior Vice President Liner at ISS, said: "ISS and OOCL have successfully operated side-by-side for some time in various parts of the world including the region, handling their operations through the Suez Canal. This new joint venture is a significant extension of our relationship, with the needs of our customers in Egypt at the forefront."

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November 25, 2014: Ethiopian Airlines, the largest and most profitable airline in Africa, is pleased to announce the commencement of Mobile Short Message Service (SMS) information system for easy access to flight information and cargo tracking for customers starting November 21, 2014.

The service will make it easier than ever for Ethiopian customers to check flight status and cargo shipment information by sending a mobile short code SMS text to 8611 messaging number. The new customer service will empower our valued customers to get instant information while they are on the road. This is part of a big project called "Mobility" which will enable customers to conduct full transaction with Ethiopian Airlines from online booking, ticket purchases, check in and seat selection and so on with their mobile phone.

The service will allow Ethiopian customer to check flight availability, departure/arrival time, flight status and cargo shipment tracking information instantly. Persons welcoming passengers on Ethiopian flights can now check the exact arrival time of expected flights with simply texting 8611 with "f" followed by the flight number or "r" followed by the route they are expecting.

At the same time, cargo customers may track the whereabouts of their shipment by texting "c" followed by their Air Way Bill number of shipment without the need to come to Ethiopian Airlines Cargo terminal prior to the arrival of the shipment. Guideline for using the system can also be obtained by texting "i" or "help" or visiting our social media sites on www.facebook.com/Ethiopianairlines or www.twitter.com/flyethiopian

Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam, said: "Ethiopian is first and foremost a customer service organization. We are continuously looking at ways and means of availing to our customers the best possible travel experience both on the ground and on-board. In today's digital era, customers want to have access to real-time and personalized information at the tip of their fingers using mobile devices. The launching of this SMS service is only the beginning of a grandiose plan to use a new system called "Mobility" which is mobile digital channels for enhancing customer experience."

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November 26, 2014: FedEx Freight, a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) announced that a union representation election was held today at its hub in Louisville, KY. The city and road drivers in Louisville voted against representation by the Teamsters union and in favor of continuing their direct relationship with the company.

"Our people are our most important asset," said Pat Reed, FedEx Freight Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. "We will continue to work closely with our team members to ensure that FedEx Freight remains a great place to work."

The results in Louisville mark the third election in which FedEx Freight drivers have demonstrated their desire to remain union-free and come on the heels of the union withdrawing petitions in three other locations. FedEx Freight drivers in Delanco, NJ, and Newark, NJ, have also voted against union representation. In addition, the Teamsters withdrew their petitions on the eve of elections in Middletown, PA, South Newark, NJ, and Richmond, VA. The union would only withdraw its election petitions if it knew it would lose the vote in those locations.

"This pattern of union defeats and withdrawals supports our belief that the vast majority of our drivers do not want union interference," said Reed. "We look forward to working with the team members at all service centers to maintain positive lines of communication and continue providing excellent service to our customers."

With corporate offices in Memphis, Tenn., the FedEx Freight Segment includes FedEx Freight, a leading U.S. provider of LTL freight services; FedEx Freight Canada, an LTL operating company serving most points in Canada; and FedEx Custom Critical, North America's largest time-specific, critical shipment carrier. FedEx Freight also serves Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information, visit fedex.com.

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November 26, 2014: Stena Bulk is the first Swedish shipping company to join the World Ocean Council (WOC) – a global organization that converges a diverse range of maritime operations to promote the sustainable use of the world's oceans.

Stena Bulk polarisStena Bulk has long championed a more sustainable approach to shipping and its fleet of tankers is among the safest and most modern in the world. In a market that encompasses the transportation of crude oil, refined petroleum products and chemicals, an unfailing commitment to safety and environmental consideration is a must.

The World Ocean Council encourages the business community to assume collective responsibility for the seas, and does not believe that a single company or industry can alone solve problems related to the Arctic, marine debris and ocean noise from tankers. Accordingly, the organization has engaged a vast array of sectors including shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, tourism, renewable energy (wind, wave, tidal), ports, cable companies, legal and financial services, as well as representatives from insurance companies.

The Council's practical efforts are aimed at improving ocean research to ensure safe and sustainable business practices, educating the public and relevant parties about corporate responsibility, and adding to the political discourse and maritime planning efforts.

"Stena Bulk is delighted to become a member of the World Ocean Council. Sustainable business practices and sustainable seas require a global strategy. This international industrial platform allows us and other responsible members of the maritime trade to partner with like-minded companies from other sectors. Working as one, we are better equipped to handle the sustainability challenges facing current and future generations of our business," explains Erik Hånell, CEO of Stena Bulk AB.

With offices in six countries, Stena Bulk is one of the world's leading tanker shipping companies. The company controls a combined fleet of around 100 tankers. Stena Bulk is part of the Stena Sphere, which has more than 20,000 employees and sales of SEK 60 billion. www.stenabulk.com

 

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November 20, 2014: BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) today announced that its planned capital expenditures for 2015 will be $6 billion, which will go toward maintenance and expansion of the railroad in order to meet the expected demand for freight rail service. The 2015 plan marks the third year in a row that BNSF has committed a record amount for capital investments. BNSF also updated its planned capital expenditures for 2014, which now are expected to be $5.5 billion.

Since 2000, through the end of 2015, BNSF will have reinvested more than $50 billion into its equipment and its network and infrastructure for maintenance work that helps to maintain train traffic fluidity and capacity expansion projects intended to meet customers' ever-growing freight shipment demands.

"BNSF's capital investment program since the beginning of 2013 through the end of 2015 is unprecedented and is clear evidence of our confidence in a growing economy and our intention to meet the demand for service that comes from all our customers," said Carl Ice, BNSF president and chief executive officer. "We have made great progress in expanding the segments of our railroad that have been most constrained by rapidly increasing demand. Once these new capital programs are completed, we expect to further restore the capacity flexibility we have historically enjoyed to manage the periodic demand surges that come from a dynamic and fast-paced economic environment."

The largest component of the 2015 capital plan will be for the renewal of assets and maintenance, which is expected to cost $2.9 billion. These projects will go toward replacing and upgrading rails, ties and ballast that are due for updating. Track replacement projects typically make up the largest percentage of BNSF's annual capital projects and are important for ensuring BNSF can optimize its rail network for ideal speeds for trains that carry a wide range of commodities.

BNSF also plans to spend almost $1.5 billion on expansion projects. Nearly $500 million of that expansion work will occur in the Northern Region, which is where BNSF is experiencing the fastest growth. That region primarily serves agriculture, coal, crude oil and materials related crude oil exploration and production.

BNSF will also increase the size of its locomotive fleet through the addition of new, energy and fuel efficient locomotives. BNSF will acquire 330 new locomotives to add to its fleet of 7,500 and replace others that will soon reach the end of their useful life.

Early next year, BNSF will announce the details for the various line capacity and maintenance projects it plans to make, particularly those along the Northern Region.

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November 26, 2014: The [EU] Permanent Representatives Committee confirmed an agreement with the European Parliament on new EU-wide rules for monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions from ships. The agreement was reached in an informal trilogue on 18 November.

International maritime shipping is the only means of transportation not included in the EU's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Monitoring of CO2 emissions from ships is
the first step of a staged approach to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in this sector as well. The new regulation will improve information about CO2 emissions relating to the consumption of fuels, transport work and energy efficiency of ships, which make it possible to analyse emission trends and assess ships' performances.

Gian Luca Galletti, Italian Minister for the Environment: "The agreement reached between the Parliament and the Council has a great political value as well as technical: with the new regulation establishing a mechanism for monitoring, reporting and verification of maritime emissions, Europe immediately gives a follow-up with a concrete decision to the commitments of the Climate-Energy Framework 2030. This agreement enables us to play an influential role in the negotiations within the International Maritime Organisation, with a view to finding ambitious solutions that combine environment protection with development."

New rules would cover CO2 emissions from ships above 5000 gross tons.

Warships, naval auxiliaries, fish catching or processing ships, wooden ships of a primitive build, ships not propelled by mechanical means and government ships used for non-commercial purposes would be excluded from these measures.

From 1 January 2018, ship-owners would be obliged to monitor emissions for each ship on a per- voyage and an annual basis. There are also provisions on monitoring and reporting, verification and accreditation, and compliance and publication of information as well as international cooperation.

The European Commission would have to publish an annual report on emissions from maritime transport to inform the public and to allow for an assessment of the emissions and the energy efficiency of maritime transport per size, type of ships, activity, etc. It would also have to assess biennially the maritime sector's overall impact on the global climate, including through non-CO2- related emissions or effects.

The European Commission would have to review this regulation in the event that an international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emission from maritime transport is reached, in order to align it with that international agreement.

The regulation, once formally adopted, is to enter into force on 1 July 2015.

Next steps: The text is still to be examined by the European Parliament's Environment Committee on 3 December 2014. After approval by the Committee, the Council is expected to reach a political agreement at the Environment Council meeting on 17 December, followed, after legal- linguistic revision, by the formal adoption of its common position, which should be transmitted to the European Parliament. It would be then for the Parliament to vote on the agreed text at one of its plenary meetings. The procedure could be completed in spring 2015.

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November 25, 2014: Rosewood Pets has teamed up with Kerry Logistics to manage imports from China supported by the supply chain specialist's Virtual Buying Office (VBO).

Rosewood is an independently-owned specialist pet accessories designing, importing and distribution business, based in Shropshire, and supplying products to over 20 countries world-wide.

Kerry Logistics will roll out a buyer's consolidation programme, and implement full Purchase Order Management from Asia through its VBO.

"We were searching for a logistics partner with the right presence in our key sourcing geographical markets that would deliver world class supply chain solutions along with a flexible and innovative approach to pricing," said Mark Bollands, Finance Director at Rosewood Pet Products.

"Kerry Logistics have proved to be the right partner for us to achieve this target."

Emma Rowlands, UK Sales Director, Kerry Logistics, said her team was looking forward to working with the Rosewood Pets team as they continue to expand and grow their business.

"Our web-based VBO platform will help introduce efficiencies to optimise their supply chain from Asia," she said.

Kerry Logistics' VBO provides a virtual web-platform with comprehensive supply chain planning and execution functions to help manage assorted and complex merchandising activities.

VBO functions include PO management, vendor performance management, production status tracking and quality control.

 

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November 26, 2014: Universal Cargo M, S.A De C.V. has joined global freight management network The WACO System as its member in Mexico.

Headquartered in Mexico City, with branches in Guadalajara, Merida, and Monterrey, Universal Cargo offers a full suite of logistics services, including air and sea freight services, inland trucking, rail, Customs' brokerage, warehousing, and storage.

"Mexico represents an important market for our members and we are pleased to be welcoming such a well-established company to the network, " said Richard Charles, Executive Director, The WACO System.

"We have had a busy year, expanding our global footprint, and introducing new benefits for members.

"We continue to look for opportunities for the network, and will be announcing more new members soon."

Universal Cargo, part of the Universal Group, joins fellow WACO Latin American members in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Peru.

"We are delighted to be joining WACO and we are looking forward to consolidating our services worldwide and expanding our business with fellow members," said David Flores, CEO, Universal Cargo.

The WACO System is an exclusive network of independent freight management companies and holds two meetings a year facilitating hundreds of face-to face business meetings for members.

Sixty-eight WACO members took part in the last General Meeting in Xiamen, China.

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November 25, 2014: CMA CGM Group is pleased to announce its Asia-East Africa (ASEA) service upgrade, starting December 2014, with the launching of two new services.

The ASEA service has been operated on one single service until now, and will be spread into two distinct services:

• ASEA Kenya will provide 4-days reduced transit times to Kenya on the following rotation: Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang, Colombo, Mombasa, Colombo, Singapore

• ASEA Tanzania, will provide 8-days reduced transit times to Tanzania, on the following rotation: Singapore, Tanjung Pelepas, Port Kelang, Colombo, Male, Port Victoria, Dar Es Salam, Colombo, Singapore.

A 2,800 TEUs vessel fleet will be deployed on the two services. These will be the largest capacity vessels in the area.

ASEA Kenya and ASEA Tanzania service specialization will:

  • Provide the CMA CGM Group's clients shorter transit times to Kenya and Tanzania
  • Improve the offer to Somalia with weekly calls, instead of the bi-weekly country call operated until now
  • Cover the Indian Ocean with bi-weekly calls in the Maldives and Seychelles islands
  • Connect Asia to the following African land-locked countries: Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, South Sudan
  • In addition to Kenyan and Tanzanian markets, the CMA CGM Group serves Mozambique with its two weekly services MOZEX and RHINO EXPRESS.

The CMA CGM Group has been accompanying the East African market development and adapting its strategy to its clients' demands since 2007.
The ASEA Kenya and ASEA Tanzania implementation is in line with this strategy.

The CMA CGM Group's presence is insured on the entire African continent through its commercial brands CMA CGM and DELMAS. CMA CGM and DELMAS lines complementarity led to service web and products transportation to Africa (from Europe, Asia, America, Middle-East and Indian Sub-Continent mainly) reinforcement.

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November 20, 2014: Northline, one of Australia's largest privately-owned and fastest growing logistics operations, has officially started operating from its new $21 million Brisbane transport and logistics facility at Redbank.

The new facility, located within the Goodman Group's 62 hectare Redbank Motorway Estate, will significantly strengthen the company's presence along the east coast of Australia.

It will provide more than 12,500 square metres of warehousing and undercover freight operations space including an all-weather loading and unloading breezeway and the company's Queensland state office.

The move follows January's opening of Northline's new $24 million Sydney transport and logistics facility at Smithfield.

Northline Chief Executive Officer Craige Whitton said the new facility will help meet the growing demand for our freight management, and warehousing and distribution services along the east coast and into northern Australia.

"Improved efficiencies will broaden access to our supply chain partners and reduce turnaround times of freight coming into and departing the facility.

"These efficiencies have been significantly enhanced by the recent opening of the new Redbank Link Bridge, which gives us direct access to the Ipswich Motorway, as well as being in close proximity to the Logan and Centenary Motorways.

"In particular, it will help strengthen our services to the mining, construction, oil and gas industries, which demand a strong presence in Queensland as a key strategic supply chain link to regional and remote areas, said Mr Whitton.

"Queensland is a key market for the company and this investment reflects our commitment to the state and allows us to further improve our service offering."

Incorporated in 1983, Northline is a privately owned and managed Australian company specialising in four major areas of service provision: road and rail freight management services; warehousing and distribution; global freight forwarding and mining, construction, oil & gas logistics.

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November 24, 2014 - Cargolux presented its 2014 DGR Awareness Award to ground handling company "Air Cargo Services Center – ACS‟ in appreciation of the keen efforts of ACS DGR team in the area of dangerous goods compliance, handling and reporting during a ceremony in Hanoi.

Cargolux launched this initiative in 2013 in order to emphasize the importance of careful and correct dangerous goods handling and to recognize the particular efforts of those ground handling partners who demonstrate a high level of awareness and diligence with regard to the handling of dangerous goods in their daily work. The Cargolux DGR Awareness Award is an annual recognition and is presented following a joint decision by the Aviation Safety and Ground Services departments on the basis of data from ground safety reports, air safety reports and any other relevant reports and data available.

Throughout 2013, ACS was very effective in improving the service quality of accepting and handling dangerous goods of any type and category, thus ensuring that Cargolux complied with all required regulations and at the same time maintained the required low residual risk when transporting Dangerous Goods.

Presenting the award, Captain Mattias Pak, Cargolux Vice President Head of Aviation Safety stated: "Dangerous goods are an essential and important part of the air cargo business but we all know that these goods pose a certain risk when transported. This risk can be mitigated to acceptable low levels if all processes and procedures for dangerous goods are followed. Judging by the reports we have received, we are pleased to commend ACS for their highly professional and conscientious approach when handling and managing the dangerous goods that are flown on our airplanes from and through Hanoi. It contributes to a sustainable and safety movement of these items which are an essential part of our business."

Mrs. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Deputy Director NIA – Noibai International Airport branch of Aiports Corporation of Vietnam, says: "It is a great honor for ACS to be recognized by Cargolux as having achieved high standards in handling dangerous goods to the full satisfaction of our valued customer, but, above all, in full respect of the dangerous goods regulations without compromising safety. This achievement could only be obtained thanks to the efforts of ACS‟ staff in charge of the daily DG handling. Furthermore, it motivates and pushes ACS to keep up its standards in order to ensure that safety is never compromised."

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