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Issue 6 2012

Freight crime: stand up and be counted

A university researcher is urging the freight industry to respond to a questionnaire and help put freight crime on the Police’s agenda. John Edmondson, associate lecturer in Policing at the University of Central Lancashire – and a police officer for 30 years – has been undertaking research into the ‘true cost’ of crime against the freight industry; many in the industry say it is well in excess of the official 2012 figure of £140 million – possibly as much as a billion pounds or more. So far, he has concentrated his

research on North West England, where he has been comparing

collated Police figures from the region with reports from the freight industry itself by companies or individuals. However, the response has been,

frankly, disappointing, with a total of only ten responses to hundreds of emailed questionnaires by email and post. Edmondson has now decided to extend his research to cover the whole country and gain feedback from as many companies or individuals as possible. He told FBJ: “If the research

can show that the true figure is, as many suspect, a lot higher than the reported one, we can help put


Security Expo in November

Transport Security Expo the main

event in the country for heads of aviation, maritime, counter piracy, public transport and supply chain security,

takes place on 14-15

November at London Olympia. Now in its tenth year, it brings

together the world’s leading experts from government, military, law enforcement and security services with the aviation, maritime and public transport industries, to assess the threat level, examine the countermeasures in place and, where necessary, recommend alternate strategies to deal with these threats. It comprises an extensive

conference and workshop programme, supported by one of the largest dedicated technology exhibitions in the world.

It is supported by, among

others, the Airport Operators Association, and there will be a dedicated two day conference on air transport subjects. The maritime security and counter piracy part of the event has been expanded to a two-day conference including port, terminal, container & logistics security and protecting high risk

cargoes, organised in

association with NATO Shipping and the International Maritime Organisation. There will also be a presentation

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by the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) whose 150 members which include leading manufacturing brands and shippers. For further details see:

it higher up the policing agenda.” Police forces have to juggle many competing demands for


attention and smaller-scale crime inevitably tends to get pushed to the back of the queue. “If the Police don’t recognise it as a problem, they won’t allocate the budget,” he said. In fact, at the moment crime

against the freight industry is not recognised as a separate category in itself, but tends to be subdivided among a range of other offences. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that the industry and the criminals that prey on it, are dispersed among dozens of different Police forces.

Indeed, the British Crime Survey does not even recognise vehicle crime as a category in itself, points out Edmondson. There was a small Police

dedicated to lorry crime, TruckPol, but that was closed on 1 March – despite the fact that the UK Government

is required under

EU regulations to have such an organisation, said Edmondson. The survey is available at https:// HCT2X86 All information will be treated in

the strictest confidence and will be anonymised.

Young Freight

Forwarder title is Africa-bound

Daniel Terbille of South Africa has won this year’s Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year. The award is presented in recognition of forwarding excellence and was established by FIATA with the support of TT Club to encourage the development of quality training in the industry and to reward young talent. He received his award from

Andrew Kemp, EMEA regional director of the award sponsors, the TT Club. Candidates were set the task

of examining the multimodal movement of a key import or export relevant to their country of operation. Extra marks were awarded based on the complexity of the cargo matter, mode of transport, routing, regulatory issues faced, plus any cross-border



Dutch-owned supply chain management company Ceva Logistics has launched a less-than-container load (LCL) consolidation service from the UK to Dubai. The weekly service will operate from Ceva’s consolidation freight station in Tamworth, to the company’s CFS in the Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai in its own consolidated container. Links are also available from ten other receiving locations in the UK.

Maersk Line is to extend its Daily Maersk concept to two more Far East origins from 21 November - Jakarta in Indonesia and Laem Chabang in Thailand. The line commits to delivering cargo from those destinations to European ports, including Felixstowe, in 31 days.

Maersk Line has ceased port calls in Iran due to sanctions against the Middle Eastern country. Latterly, the Danish-owned line had reduced its service to the small northern port of Bushehr, following the earlier blacklisting by the US of the country’s main port operator, Tidewater. However, the line halted loading all Iranian cargo inbound cargo on 30 September and outbound cargo on 24 September. Maersk Line said it would maintain a dormant business entity in Iran and would resume business if sanctions were liſted.

Denholm Logistics has acquired Irish shipping and port services company, Hamilton Shipping. The company, and its stevedoring subsidiary Scruttons, will retain its existing brand and identity in Ireland with all existing management and staff remaining in place.

The HumberPort promotion organisation has launched a website to promote its port network - It has been produced by Identity Creation Business.

The High Court has overturned a temporary suspension of live animal exports from the Port of Ramsgate. Thanet District Council ordered the suspension aſter two separate incidents in which 45 sheep died on 12 September. However three Dutch companies have appealed against the ban, forcing the council to re-open the port to exports immediately, despite objections by the council.

Heavyliſt shipping lines BigLiſt Shipping and Spliethoff have appointed Shearwater Shipping and Chartering as exclusive agent for the former and agent/preferred broker for the latter in the UK and Ireland.

Daniel Terbille

issues such as customs regulations and/or bonds involved. Kemp said: “It was a difficult

decision to pick an overall winner. However Daniel prevailed and deservedly takes this year’s award.” The

other finalists were:

Salman Ali (Canada) representing the Americas, Chris Yabsley (Australia) from the Asia Pacific region, and Nadine Baumgarten (Germany) representing Europe.

Rix Shipping has agreed with ABP to relocate from Hull’s Alexandra Dock to King George Dock in preparation for the Green Port development in the months ahead. Rix Shipping will continue to use Hull for its timber imports via alternative facilities in the wider port.

The EU Council of Ministers formally adopted a new marine fuels directive setting a 1% limit for sulphur content in fuels used in designated SO2 emission control areas (SECAs) by 31 December 2014, to be reduced to 0.10% from 1 January 2015. This compares with the IMO standard of 0.50% for SO2 content outside SECAs that will apply in other EU waters by 2020. However, the directive also authorises member states to support operators in line with applicable state aid rules to help offset the extra costs.

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