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UK forwarders supports shippers’ efforts to end surchargesAugust 9, 2016

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has backed international shippers’ call to end surcharges imposed by shipping companies within five years. The expression of support by BIFA, the UK trade association for freight forwarding and logistics companies, came after the Global Shippers’ Forum passed a resolution to end these surcharges by 2020. Robert Keen, BIFA director general, claimed in a statement that while forwarders “do all they can” to minimise the consequences of the surcharges, at least a part of the costs has to be passed on to the customers. According to Keen, sometimes this leads to “an unfair perception”...

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ITF commissions study on Panama Canal safetySeptember 22, 2015

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has commissioned a mathematical model study to determine whether the new Panama Canal locks will be safe to operate. In a statement, the ITF said: “Recent tests raised serious concerns about the condition of the structure, with several cracks being detected in the new locks, even though the structure should be designed to withstand earthquakes. This has created further concerns over the real date the locks will be fully operational, not to mention the low level of Gatun Lake, which temporarily reduced the canal’s operative draught, even before the new locks are filled.” The...

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Khalifa port container terminal adds new service to its networkSeptember 9, 2015

Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT) has announced that Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM)’s Korea Middle East Service (KMS) has been added to its growing network list and started calling at the port on Saturday (5 September). HMM has increased its services at the terminal by adding KMS, which made its maiden call to the terminal with the 6,800 teu ship, ‘Hyundai Bangkok’. KMS, which provides weekly port rotation between Korea and Middle East Gulf, is the fourth new service calling at the terminal since the beginning of 2015. The new service’s rotation will include Kwang Yang, Busan, Ningbo, Kaohsiung,...

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Google Chrome is about to kill off Flash-based ads foreverAugust 31, 2015

If you hate annoying pop-up adds and auto-playing flash animations, the wealth of plugins for Google Chrome already made Google's own browser the best choice. Now, Google has announced that Chrome will be blocking Flash ads entirely by default, starting on September 1st. In a post on Google+, the company explained that the decision to kill off Flash ads was due to its performance hindering effects, and the fact that HTML 5 is superior in terms of resource usage. Google's AdWords platform automatically the majority of Flash based ads to HTML 5 anyway, so don't expect to see a completely...

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