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More than three quarters of logistics chiefs report workforce shortage, Descartes study reveals 
 
Over three quarters of supply chain and logistics leaders are experiencing notable workforce shortages in their operations, with more than a third characterising the resource shortage they face as either high or extreme, according to a study by Descartes Systems Group. 
 
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DP WORLD RAISES INCENTIVE TO £100 FOR CUSTOMERS SWITCHING FREIGHT FROM ROAD TO RAIL 
 
DP World is increasing its financial incentive by almost 50 per cent for customers taking advantage of its ‘Modal Shift Programme’. The scheme was introduced in September last year and is designed to increase the attractiveness of intermodal rail for customers through carefully considered financial incentives. 
 
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GB RAILFREIGHT LAUNCHES NEW RAIL FREIGHT SERVICE CONNECTING LONDON GATEWAY TO IPORT DONCASTER 
 
GBRf has started a new intermodal service this week, connecting London Gateway with iPort Doncaster. 
 
This new service by GBRf will be utilising their brand-new FEA-G intermodal wagons, each of the new high-density twin wagons can carry six twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) on each service, significantly increasing the volume of cargo that can be transported on each journey. 
 
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Government looks to roll out PumpWatch scheme to prevent forecourt fuel hikes 
 
The government is proposing to roll out FairFuelUK’s PumpWatch across Britain’s forecourts as a way of preventing unfair fuel price rises. 
 
The proposal would see see forecourts across the country legally required to share live information on their pump prices within 30 minutes of any change in price, which could save motorists 3p per litre on fuel by helping them find the best deal at the pump. 
 
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New equipment added to fleet 
 
We recently took delivery of a brand new MAN TGX 26.520 to add to our growing fleet. This is the first MAN vehicle we have added to the fleet for over 10 years, and we hope to be adding more in the near future. 
 
This addition reinforces our commitment to investing into new equipment to align with our growth strategy, whilst improving our service offering to our customers. 
 
We are also committed to reducing our carbon footprint and adding more fuel efficient, lower emission producing vehicles to our fleet. This new addition as well as others, reaffirms this commitment for the long-term future sustainability of our operations. 
 
DP WORLD GOES FOSSIL DIESEL FREE AT LONDON GATEWAY 
 
DP World has gone fossil free at both its UK logistics hubs with the removal of fossil diesel from its operations at London Gateway. 
 
Diesel-engine equipment and installations were switched over to run on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) at the start of January as part of London Gateway’s sustainability drive, which made significant progress last year towards electrification and the use of more carbon-efficient energy sources. 
 
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GOVERNMENT SETS TARGET TO GROW RAIL FREIGHT BY AT LEAST 75% 
 
Even more vital goods will be transported across the UK by rail, following an ambitious target announced by Transport Secretary, Mark Harper, to grow rail freight by at least 75%. 
 
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NOX EMISSIONS FROM HGVS FALLS BY 70% 
 
RHA estimates that NOx from HGVs has been slashed by around 70 percent since 2013. 
 
The improvements can largely be attributed to the introduction of cleaner Euro VI trucks onto the UK’s roads in the last decade. 
 
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THAMES FREEPORT CELEBRATES £600M OF INVESTMENT IN FIRST TWO YEARS WITH MINISTERIAL VISIT 
 
Thames Freeport is celebrating £600m of private sector investment committed to the project in its first two years, which is resulting in the creation of over 1,000 news jobs throughout the region. 
 
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PORT OF FELIXSTOWE WELCOMES FIRST METHANOL-POWERED SHIP 
 
Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe has celebrated the maiden call of the Laura Maersk, the first container ship in the world to complete a voyage powered by Green Methanol. 
 
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