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  • FVL conference: High tech over brute force in reducing vandalism in Mexico

    March 11, 2017

    Damage and theft on Mexico’s railways can be a chronic problem for carmakers in the country. One of the industry’s most successful security experts suggests that tracking data and behaviour can help tackle the problem over the long term Vandalism and theft on the rail network in Mexico continue to cost the automotive industry millions …

  • Engine room fire disables Höegh Autoliners ro-ro vessel

    January 17, 2017

    Global maritime transport provider Höegh Autoliners has confirmed that a fire in the engine room of the Alliance St Louis ro-ro carrier (pictured) has taken the vessel out of operation. The fire broke out on Monday (January 16th) when the ship was in the Caribbean Sea, 130 miles south of Southwest Pass, Louisiana. It was …

  • Hail damage: Make do and mend or shelter from the storm?

    January 4, 2017

    Hail poses obvious risks for finished vehicles left out unprotected but there are various steps that can be taken to address the problem – some of them based on prevention and others based on cure The risk of hail damage when storing or moving vehicles out in the elements can be a big issue for carmakers and logistics companies, …

  • Mexico government deploys troops to address railway vandalism  

    December 14, 2016

    It has been revealed that the Mexican government has been deploying troops since the autumn at various troubled areas in response to rising vandalism and theft targeting both railway lines and automotive cargo. “The Mexican military is providing some short-term protection to the automotive industry in the state of Guanajuato,” a spokesperson from the Kansas …

  • Limited damage to vehicles after surprise hailstorm in Valencia

    December 12, 2016

    An unexpected hailstorm on the last weekend of November in Valencia seems to have caused limited damage to finished vehicles at the Spanish port. “We’re handling 1,500 to 2,000 vehicles at the moment, but we know of other OEMs with losses that we’re not dealing with,” one insurer told Automotive Logistics. Ford, which operates the Almussafes …

  • Damage limitation: Reducing damage drawn by design

    October 24, 2016

    Trends in vehicle evolution can add to the likelihood of damage in transit. While this can be partly mitigated by routing and planning, the vehicle logistics industry can struggle to adapt fast enough… In the ever-changing automotive market, car designers are constantly trying to come up with new designs that combine pleasing aesthetics and practical functionality. But …