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 Your monthly digest Issue 2, March ’17


NEWSLINES is not a lengthy and detailed look at what’s happening in the maritime world. It is a short, sharp and informative look at ports, shipping, logistics and the people working in these sectors. These are the worlds your business operates in.

We are Image Line – a PR and marketing, events and design company in the Canary Wharf area with experience and knowledge of working in the shipping, maritime and logistics sectors. This is not a hard sell, just a way of keeping in touch with our clients, potential clients and anyone who an interest in these industries.

We hope you will find NEWSLINES interesting, quick to read and by the way, if you have any comments or questions then please contact us at any time.

maritime news

Saving London’s Land Space to Help Urban Logistics Saving London

Available land space in London is moving at a fast pace.  The targeted land use set to be released annually between 2011 and 2031 was 37ha, but evidence has shown that over the last five years the release of land has been three times the target at 106ha.


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Britain’s Logistics Sector Could See Boost in Post-Brexit Industrial Strategies 

Freight and supply chain welcome intervention by the UK government for proposals on a new industrial strategy.  Not only does the government want to prepare the industry for a post-Brexit future, but also focus on the disparities of wealth and investment in different regions of the UK.  They have also looked to other countries as models of stronger productivity and more balanced growth.

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Supply Chains Need to Adapt to Technology Trends supply chains

Businesses need to start adapting their supply chains to new technology trends with consumers, according to Fowler Welch’s Supply Chain of the Future.  CEO Nick Hay feels that manufacturers need to be more innovative in the ways that they operate.

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Toyota Material Handling Partners with NHS to Help Reduce Operational Costs

Toyota Material Handling UK has been chosen to partner up with NHS Wales Shared Service Partnership to help work efficiency and cost reduction.  Toyota plans to work with three of their national stores in Denbigh in North Wales, and Bridgend and Cwmbran in South Wales who all distribute supplies to all hospitals and health premises across NHS Wales.

Steve Jones, Key Account Manager from Toyota Material Handling says “NWSSP have been customers of Toyota for over 8 years and so we had experience of supporting them through the supply of equipment and after-sales service support. When it came to the tender we used that experience, but also carried out full site surveys to make sure the equipment specified was right for the job, and would support their needs for the next five years”.

Sue TerpilowskiAny Port in a Digital World

Image Line’s MD Sue Terpilowski is speaking at Shipping2030, tackling issues surrounding the digitalisation of port operations. She will be part of a panel alongside Bogdan Oldakowski, Secretary General at Baltic Ports Organization and Panayiotis Mitrou, Technology and Innovation, Manager, Marine & Offshore and Business Development at Hellenic Lloyd’s.

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Growth in UK Exports Fuelled by SMEs

The UK’s export sector is seeing significant growth as 63% of the countries small- and medium-sized enterprises are exporting their goods.  These companies are taking advantage of the decreasing value of pound by shifting gears and engaging in more international trade with much of Europe and the United States.

One of the biggest helpers in increasing exports is the digital economy.  E-commerce has been a huge contributor as eight in ten (81%) of UK’s SMEs generate their revenue through this platform and a third have reported growing revenue over the past twelve months. Ed Clarke, managing director of UK Grounds Operations of FedEx Express, said, “It’s promising to see exports could be having a positive impact on the UK economy.”

Brands that Build Business

There are different types of brand your business needs; the product – the brands we associate to a product or service we can buy e.g. Coco Pops, the company – the brands we associate to a company we can buy from e.g. Kellogg’s. More recently we have seen the emergence of a third type of brand; personality – the brands we associate to people who represent companies and products.

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UK Oil and Gas Supply Chain Needs a PlanUK oil

In the report for the UK’s oilfield services (OFS) industry there was a decline in the overall annual overturn from £40.6bn in 2014 to £35.7bn in 2015.  Although this report shows a small dip in profit for the gas and oil industry, it is still a large contributor to the UK economy.

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WTO World Facilitation Agreement in Full Swing

Roberto Azevedo, director-general of the World Trade Organization, announces the news of the World Facilitation Agreement finally in full force with the ratification of Rwanda, Oman, Chad, and Jordan.  This makes more than two thirds of the WTO membership, which means the organization can now commit to a multilateral trading system.  The purpose of the agreement is to streamline, simplify, and standardise customs procedures in an attempt to cut trading costs around the world.  Full implementation of the Agreement could help cut costs globally at an average of 14.3 percent.

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3 Impressive Instagram Account to Follow

  • Against the Tide – sharing stories of female seafarers across the world
  • James Carroll – aviation fine art photography
  • General Electric – interesting content that ranges from inspirational messages to geometric patterns in equipment to human-interest stories


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