Events in Egypt are filling the news and political pages of the media around the world leaving HLPFI staff wondering whether the reverberations may yet wash out across the Suez Canal and into the world of project freight.

Those Friday Flyer readers who route multipurpose vessels through the 193 km canal, or are expecting cargoes to be sailed through the waterway, must now look to their contingency planning. What the Suez Canal Authority does in response to the events in the country will determine whether the waterway is usable over the next few months as Cairo's cash-strapped and troubled government seeks ways of bringing in revenue.

This week's Friday Flyer is sponsored by Broekman Project Services, located in the Port of Rotterdam, which offers a total solution for handling and assembly of project cargoes -

In the corporate world
Abacus Shipping now represents BOCS Bremen in Switzerland, giving access to the line's fleet of three 24,448 dwt bulkers serving Northern Europe and the West African coast.

Rhenus Project Logistics has also signed an exclusive partnership with North African heavy goods transport company Sohatram, while Pandi Correspondents (Mumbai) Pvt Limited is now a specialist network partner in India for the TT Club.

The GAC Group's regional office for Africa, Russia and Central Asia has relocated from Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town in South Africa.

An ISO accredited Certificate of Achievement in Project Cargo Management course will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in New Orleans on September 23-24 at Breakbulk Americas.

Capacity developments
Hansa Heavy Lift has revealed dates of new scheduled sailings between Europe and the Great Lakes from Antwerp and is offering discharges in Duluth, USA and Thunder Bay, Canada.

KAMAG - a member of the TII Group - has delivered its 1,000th K24 axle line to Sarens Group (pictured right above).

Steil Kranarbeiten used its recently acquired Terex Superlift 3800 crawler crane to erect an Enercon E101 turbine at the Gödenroth wind farm, Germany.

Egyptian Transportation & Logistics (ETAL) has transported six transformers from two Red Sea ports to the Giza North Power Station using Scheuerle InterCombi trailers.

Network news
The Project Cargo Network (PCN) has closed its doors to new members in Ecuador and Peru with the addition of CGLogistics Group, which has offices in both countries, as third and final member in both.

The XLProjects (XLP) network now has offices in 50 cities after WillChart & Company became the 35th member of the eight-month old body.

Australian Customs Professionals is the newest member of the Project Partners (PP) network.

Kind hearted members of the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) will hold an auction at its 14th annual membership conference in March next year in aid of the Hanseatic School for Life, a charitable organisation in southern Thailand that supports victims of the tsunami that struck the country in 2004.

AirCargoGroup (ACG), a network of airfreight wholesalers, has become a vendor sponsor of the Global Project Logistics Network (GPLN).

People and places
At the AGM of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), members elected its new council consisting of Esben Poulsson (AVRA International), Patrick Phoon (Evergreen Shipping Agency Singapore), René Piil Pedersen (Maersk Singapore), Aloysius Seow, (Ocean Tankers), Tan Chin Hee (Pacific Carriers), Lisa Teo (Pacific International Lines) and Carsten Brix Ostenfeldt (Thome Ship Management).

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has appointed Joyce Bliek as director for breakbulk, to combine with her existing responsibilities as head of the port's container department.

GAC Group has appointed Sean Bradley its new group marketing director who will work with the Dubia-based GAC Group commercial team.

Scott Stadelman is now vice president global sales and marketing for Intermarine while Fernando Maruri has been promoted to director, Latin America sales.

Rhenus Project Logistics has opened two new offices in Tunisia, one in the coastal town of Gabes and a second in Tripoli to expand its network in the Maghreb countries.

Bertling Logistics has opened a new office in Dusseldorf, trading as F.H. Bertling Logistics, to serve its customers located in the north Rhine-Westphalia and Rhine-Ruhr regions.

All about Evie
Evie loves a birthday and was disappointed to miss the Scheuerle and Mammoet party in Pfedelbach, Germany, held to mark the the 30th anniversary of the first delivery of a Scheuerle SPMT to Mammoet back in 1983.

Mind you, she knows that the good folk who belong to the UK's Southern Heavy International Transport Society are her kind of people and she was very excited when an invite to the so-called 'S.H.I.T.S.' second social occasion of the year arrived. Now she is so looking forward to an evening of conversation, sophistication, wit and intellectual stimulation in the downstairs bar of The Tokenhouse pub in London on Friday July, 26. Organiser, Andy Miller says that all are welcome to join them.

As a lady who is sky blue to the core, Evie is thinking of signing up for the protest campaign to stop her beloved Coventry City FC uprooting itself for three-seasons deal to share Northampton Town's Sixfields stadium. Northampton Town's nickname is "The Cobblers", which seems an apt description of the plan.