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The European Logistics Platform, which represents associations and the industry in Brussels, has asked for a European Parliament intergroup for the sector to be set up. According to the European Parliament, intergroups can be formed of members from any political group and any committee, for holding informal exchanges of views on particular subjects and promoting contact between members and civil society. Intergroups are not Parliamentary bodies and do not express Parliament’s opinion.

European freight forwarders’ association, Clecat, has issued a manfesto. It called on the new Transport Committee convening in the European Parliament in Brussels for the first time on 7 July to deliver a sustainable, business-friendly policy framework on freight transport logistics. It should also reduce complexities and red tape. Clecat director general, Nicolette van der Jagt, said: “A solid freight transport policy is needed to complete the internal market, do away with the barriers and promote best practice.”

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has signed a joint venture with Myanmar-based Carrier King Logistics to provide modern automobile distribution from port to consumer. Myanmar traditionally had a very limited automobile market and most of the, mainly secondhand, vehicles are driven by individual drivers from the ports to wherever they are sold. But as new cars are starting to enter the country, a professional and safe transport solution is needed. The new joint venture will provide new car-carrying trucks and trailers and WWL has invested in training and developing a team of professional drivers.

Australian-owned executive search and corporate advisers, Logistics Executive Group has signed a partnership with UK-based ECMR International and has appointed the latter’s founder, Niamh Ní Bhéara, as managing director of Logistics Executive UK and Ireland.

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics UK has signed a new partnership with Cretschmar Cargo in Germany to improve its service to the Central Rhine-Ruhr area of the country and can now service the region centrally with services to Dusseldorf.

Independent logistics company Redhead International has opened a new 21,000sq ſt facility in Tamworth. It offers direct daily services to many European destinations.

Dachser UK officially opened its new integrated logistics centre in Northampton on 30 May. The 7.4 hectare, €26 million investment on the Brackmills industrial estate south of the city is also the company’s UK head office. The premises conform to the latest environmental standards for sustainable buildings and it has daily connections to the global Dachser network.

Pall-Ex UK managing director Adrian Russell, is to take up a new position as group managing director. He will focus on ensuring smooth and efficient interconnections between the Pall-Ex Group’s growing international network. Cris Stephenson meanwhile moves from assistant managing director to UK managing director.

Damco, the forwarding arm of the AP Moller Group, has appointed Stephen Knight as chief commercial officer for UK and Ireland. He has worked for the group for over 20 years and joins Damco from its Safmarine South African container shipping subsidiary

The BiS Henderson Academy, part of the BiS Henderson recruitment and logistics consultancy group, is to establish two training centres in the heart of the logistics ‘Golden Triangle’. Centres in Wellingborough and Northampton will offer traineeships for young people in preparation for apprenticeships in the logistics sector and will be the first phase of a network of BiS Henderson Academy training centres to be set up in the 50 top logistics ‘hot spots’ across the country.

A group of Peel Ports apprentices are back on dry land after completing the first ever apprentice Ship Cup Challenge in which they took home the top Apprentice Ship Cup Award. The 17 trainees sailed on tall ship Pelican of London from Liverpool to Whitehaven via Belfast and back again as part of the

Issue 5 2014 - Freight Business Journal Seafarers safe ashore

challenge to help develop their teamwork and communication skills. Organised by the Merseyside

Adventure Sailing Trust (MAST) the event saw 173 apprentices, aged between 16 and 25, put their sailing and team working skills to the test on board one of four specially commissioned tall ships.


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