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Issue 5 2014 - Freight Business Journal


///FREIGHT BREAK All at sea and up the Valleys


Canadian Pacific is one of the many grand old names of shipping that has, sadly, passed into history, taken over by Hapag Lloyd a few years ago. But there is still a reminder of the line in a rather unlikely spot – the village of Machen in the South Wales Valleys. When CP’s 1928-built


Soccer star DB Schenker moved a huge


amount of technology and team equipment to Brazil for the World Cup on June 12 – around 230 ocean containers and 270 tonnes of air freight. Moreover, nearly half of the national teams used the forwarder to transport their equipment – anything from jerseys to massage


tables and training and fitness equipment. DB Schenker was also getting all the


responsible for


valuable and highly sensitive equipment such as cameras, outside broadcast vehicles, expensive monitors and special technical equipment to Brazil.


Import formalities in Brazil also presented a challenge, added DBS. And while the players enjoyed


a rest aſter the World Cup is over – some of them earlier than others, it has to be said – the DB Schenker team is already back in action for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July.


Multimodal mung beans


Chinese-grown mung beans have been exercising the folk at Gefco UK, who have provided a truly multimodal solution for Bakkavor Group. The forwarder is moving nearly 150 tonnes of the delicate product from Dalian in Eastern China to Lincolnshire in the UK, where they will be used in the


production of a range of food products - 15 tonnes by air, nearly 70 tonnes will be moved by rail via Mongolia and Germany and around 60 tonnes by sea. Moving a significant proportion


by rail has saved Bakkavor money as rail freight rates are around a quarter of airfreight. It is also the


first time that Gefco has provided an in-bound rail solution to the UK from China, although it is already commonly uxsed for mainland Europe. GEFCO UK and Bakkavor are


also potential future logistics projects in territories including Peru, Chile and Mexico.


Southampton warns off film fans


Filming of the popular drama ‘24 Live another day’ at the port of Southampton in early June prompted DP World and Associated British Ports to issue the following statement:


“Unsurprisingly, there has been a lot of interest from members of the public and fans of the show, interested in coming to the terminal to witness the filming. Please can we remind everyone


that the port of Southampton is a secure and private estate. No general public access is allowed and entrance to the container terminal is only for security cleared personnel and staff only.”


passenger liner Empress of France was being broken up in Newport in 1960, a canny publican nipped down to scrap firm John Cashmore and, these being long before the days of Health & Safety, was allowed on board to strip out anything from the luxury ship that took his fancy. Varnished wood panelling, furniture and mirrors - even the signs for the Ladies and Gents – were all removed, transported up the hillside and used to refit the White Hart, the village’s main hostelry, where it has all remained to this day. It’s certainly not your average boozer. There is a large oval


painting on the ceiling, carved wooden panelling in exotic woods and odd brass fittings all over the public and lounge bars. The landlord has also been


busy on the Internet and has acquired a whole boxful of ephemera, including publicity material for the ship that shows what is now the pub mantelpiece and mirror in the days when it adorned the first class lounge. As the alcohol takes hold, you


can fondly imagine yourself at sea in the old Empress, though any movement of the saloon will down to the excellent local bitter, not a mid-Atlantic swell. The ship was actually


launched as the Duchess of Bedford and was one of a class of Canadian Pacific liners known for their ‘lively’ performance in heavy seas – fittingly enough, they were nicknamed the Drunken Duchesses.


Bleep! Bleep!


Shipping people are an inventive lot, it seems. Quite apart from turning their pens to paper with blockbusting novels (FBJ 4 2014, page 40), it’s not generally realised that the bleeping noise made by all large vehicles when they reverse was invented by a former shipbroker. Christopher Hanson-Abbott,


the 80 year old founder chairman of Brigade Electronics, got the idea when he first heard the now familiar sound on a Tokyo street during a business trip in the 1970s. He tracked down the beeper’s inventor – a Mr Yamaguchi – who granted him the UK and Europe agency. Irritating though reversing alarms may be for those of us who live within earshot of a


supermarket, they have saved a lot of lives over the years. According to Health & Safety figures at the time, a quarter of all fatalities on vehicles at work happened when reversing and over 40% of them could have been prevented by reversing bleepers. However, Mr Hanson-Abbott to


had launch a one-man


campaign to introduce reverse- in-safety systems in the face of fierce government and environmental opposition. “It defies belief that, until I launched my crusade to eradicate a quarter of all motoring fatalities, there was absolutely nothing available


to assist a driver to reverse safely, nor to warn the unseen pedestrian behind a vehicle that it was being driven blindly. And I was from outside the industry, professionally a City shipbroker!” he says. Fortunately,


his persistence


paid and his services to road safety have been recognised by an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.


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