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Reuters: Constanța Port will continue to facilitate exports from Ukraine even after the lifting of the Russian blockade

In the port of Constanța, dockers have been working for months to load Ukrainian grain onto transport vessels, in addition to the quantities of grain from Romania and other landlocked countries that they normally load, writes Reuters. Although Moscow and Kiev have reached an agreement on the safe transport of Ukrainian grain through three of the remaining ports under Ukrainian control, Romanian operators expect grain deliveries from Ukraine to continue until the agreement signed in Turkey can be fully implemented.
New goods are continuously arriving in Constanța. The export route through the Romanian Black Sea port is one of the few options available to Ukraine to transport its grain to other countries.

Exporters have shipped 1.46 million tonnes of Ukrainian wheat through the port of Constanta since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, which blocked Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea.

The first grain ship left the port of Odesa on Monday after Ukraine and Russia reached an agreement on shipping Ukrainian grain through three of the remaining ports under Kiev's control. The Razoni ship, under the flag of Sierra Leone, arrived in Istanbul on Tuesday where it was inspected by a team of Turkish, Russian, Ukrainian and UN representatives, then it was going to leave for Lebanon, its final destination.
Throughout the duration of the agreement, Turkey expects a grain carrier to leave Ukrainian ports every day.

In Romania, wheat arrives by train, truck or barge from Reni and Izmail, the Ukrainian ports on the Danube. Comvex, a Romanian port operator, said it will load two vessels by the end of the week – one will carry 30,500 tonnes of Ukrainian and Romanian corn to Libya, and the second will be loaded with 45,000 tonnes of corn from Ukraine which will be exported to Iran.

"It all depends on how the Istanbul deal will work and the quantities Ukrainian ports can deliver," Comvex manager Viorel Panait told Reuters. "We wholeheartedly want them to be able to get their supply chains back on track. But we are here, ready to help."

Comvex invested 4 million euros in an additional unloading platform that became operational at the end of July and raised its processing capacity to 84,000 tons unloaded and 70,000 tons loaded per day.
The Port of Constanța last year delivered a record amount of grain from Romania and several landlocked countries, Austria, Serbia, Hungary and the Republic of Moldova: 25.2 million tons.

Comvex handled around 70% of all grain and other cargo from Ukraine that arrived in Constanta, including 800,000 tons of iron ore. The company plans to invest 60 million euros over the next two years to increase processing capacity, according to Panait.

Transport from Ukraine has been slowed by infrastructure problems and low water levels in the Danube after several weeks of high temperatures and drought.

Port authorities said 183,581 tonnes of grain was heading to Constanța, where it would continue to export goods from Ukraine that are not covered by the agreement signed in Istanbul, such as steel products, iron ore and pipes.

The Constanța Port Business Association, led by Panait, said the 10 port operators that handle goods in Ukraine will need equipment worth 340 million euros to be able to increase the speed with which they process goods.

They requested funds from the European Union and state guarantees for loans. The Romanian government told Reuters this month it was considering implementing a pilot program to purchase equipment "to increase the operating speed of grain terminals" and was working to rehabilitate 35 railway lines serving the port and unblock the tracks on which lie hundreds of rusted wagons.

Known as the "granary of Europe", Ukraine hopes to be able to export 20 million tons of grain stuck in silos because of the war and another 40 tons from the new crop. The three ports from which the transport ships will depart are Odesa, Pivdeni (Iujni) and Chiornomorsk.

The Federation of Romanian Transport Operators asked the Government to cap the price of petrol and diesel according to the model of neighboring states.

"This is the only solution that can be approached in the short term for natural and legal consumers, until all the institutional factors solve the economic dilemma or trilemma that generated the phenomenon at the pumps", according to a press release from the Federation, quoted by Agerpres .

The representatives of the Federation of Transporters also encourage legal entities "to support by all legal means the protests that will take place at the entrance to fuel stations throughout the country".

"Countries like Hungary and Slovenia, where the politicians did not invoke the crude oil stocks that should reassure us all, as was the case three months ago in Romania, have capped fuel prices for domestic consumers, individuals and legal entities.

We want to find out 3 months after those statements, from any official of the Romanian state, what is the connection between the stocks invoked and the prices at the pump. It seems that this government has not yet found, in three months, a specialist to answer the above question", states the quoted source.

The Federation of Romanian Transport Operators welcomes, at the same time, the parliamentary legislative initiative by which the VAT rate applied to public passenger road transport services would decrease to 5%, however, requests the Government that this take the form of an Emergency Ordinance in order to have immediate effects , later to be sent to the Parliament for promulgation by law.

"Without these measures, both the transport sector and other economic and social activities will be blocked in the context in which pump prices have already been announced for the month of July, "according to sources", 3 lei higher on average than the current ones", they more specifically the representatives of the road transporters.

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The Lithuanian government decided to unite the transport companies under the same umbrella

The holding company established by the Ministry of Transport and Communications will initially include the companies Lithuanian Railways, Problematika, Smiltynes perkela, Lithuanian Radio and Television Center, Detonas and the Lithuanian Post. In the future, once the transport companies under the control of the ministry will be reorganized into public companies, they will also be included under the coordination of the holding company. The main purpose of this action is to offer the parties involved the best solutions for an efficient and reliable transport.

The Minister of Transport and Communications of Lithuania, Rimantas Sinkevičius, appreciated this reorganization as beneficial to the state's economy considering the facilitation of efforts to improve the operating efficiency of transport companies, the reduction of administrative costs and the removal of functional overlaps.

Source: Baltic Transport Journal

Eurotunnel is part of the new Low Carbon 100 Europe® index

This month, the Eurotunnel Group celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first junction of the French and English galleries. This first connection between the British Isles and continental Europe has since become the vital link we all know today.

On the occasion of the UN conference in Paris on climate change at the beginning of this month, Euronext announced that it selected the Eurotunnel company to be part of the new Low Carbon 100 Europe® index. Since the launch of its commercial service, le Shuttle, Eurotunnel has contributed to the reduction of almost 3.4 million tonnes of CO2, compared to the ferry, and since 2006, Eurotunnel has also reduced its carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions. greenhouse with 55%. Therefore, this decision is seen as a reward for the 25 years of continuous commitment to actions to support the environment.

The index measures the performance of the 100 largest companies in Europe with the lowest level of carbon emissions in their sector of activity. The selection is made following an in-depth evaluation of the carbon footprint of each company and is carried out by a Scientific Committee composed of experts from NGOs, public institutions and the financial sector.


A new concept van: Iveco Vision

contribution Logistics Management Solutions at the largest international transport fair in Munich, gave us the opportunity to witness the presentation of a new concept car with excellent potential for a shipping company.

Iveco has launched an innovative project that fits perfectly into the vision of future transport. It is about a new fully equipped, efficient and profitable van concept that will provide professionals in the field with the most competitive business solutions. Moreover, the new Iveco Vision responds to new trends by being friendly to the environment.

Logistics Management Solutions was present at the Transport Logistic fair in Munich, May 2015

Logistics Management Solutions, through its representatives, participated in the largest fair in the field of transport, held in May this year in Munich, with over 55,000 visitors from 124 countries and 2,050 exhibitors from 62 countries who exhibited the world of logistics at the Messe Munich site.

The biggest container ship in the world!

MSC Oscar

Over time, it was not difficult for transport specialists to realize that the transport price is lower the bigger the container ship.

I-Shift Dual Clutch: innovation for comfort and safety!

Inspired by the world of motor racing, Volvo Trucks introduces a first in the truck industry: the new I-Shift Dual Clutch gearbox. We are talking about a new system, which stands out for its unique features, but at the same time it has been long tested over millions of kilometers, in everyday driving conditions.

Basically, I–Shift Dual Clutch is an automated gearbox with a double clutch. With this solution, the truck maintains a constant flow of speed and power during gear changes, moving efficiently and smoothly on the road. The result is a more comfortable, safe and efficient trip!

The General Transport Master Plan has been approved!

The General Transport Master Plan (MPGT), published on the website of the Ministry of Transport, represents a strategic document for the development of the transport infrastructure. MPGT presents and provides justification for the projects that will be included in the Large Infrastructure Operational Program 2014-2020 for financing from structural funds, as well as for the projects included in the European Interconnection Mechanism Facility. Also, MPGT will provide the basis for the projects that will be implemented after 2020, although the precise nature of the financing programs after this year is not yet defined.