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A worldwide shippers alliance has voiced ‘grave concerns’ about U.S. plans to introduce 100 percent screening of inbound sea and air freight containers by 2012. The Global Shippers Forum, comprising key exporters in Asia, Europe and North America, said that blanket screening of U.S. import cargo at foreign ports “will result in enormous costs to users, suppliers and ultimately consumers without accomplishing the very objective that the scan-all requirements are seeking to achieve.” The forum acknowledged the programs and procedures signed in August by President George W. Bush will “safely secure and protect vital trade lanes and ensure uninterrupted flows of commerce.” But GSF also believes that the new box regime will aggravate port congestion at a time of booming world trade.

Compass GSE has received its first order for the new “eTug” an electric baggage tractor designed for airlines and handling companies. The units are charged by a standard 110 V plug. Allegiant selected the “eTug” for its 96 percent fuel savings and for the airlines concern for the environment.

Partnerships/Acquisitions/Contracts

Hydrogen Engine Center, Inc., a designer, manufacturer and distributor of alternative-fueled internal combustion engines and distributed power generation equipment, announces it has retained Porter, LeVay & Rose as its investor relations and financial communications agency. Porter, LeVay & Rose is a full-service investor relations firm based in New York City with 35 years’ experience representing a variety of public and private companies and financial institutions in the U.S. and abroad. PLR also has experience in the energy sector.

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $43.2 million contract boost to a joint venture between Boeing Co. and a unit of Textron Inc., for logistics support on the MV-22 Osprey aircraft. The Bell Boeing Joint Program Office will provide services including planning and management, training, support equipment, facilities management, among others for the medium-lift transport aircraft used by the U.S. Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pa., Fort Worth, Texas, New River, N.C. and other locations through January 2008.

People in the News

DHL announces the appointment of Thomas D. Snowberger to senior vice president of human resources for DHL Express USA. Responsible for managing the company’s human resources strategy and functional teams in the U.S., Snowberger will report to Hans Hickler, chief executive officer of DHL Express USA and also serve as a member of the DHL Express U.S. Management Board. Prior to joining DHL, Snowberger was senior vice president, human resources for University Hospitals Health System.

Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc., has named former chief operating officer Sean Menke as its new chief executive to replace Jeff Potter. Until recently Menke was an executive vice president overseeing commercial strategy for Air Canada, a position he held since June 2005 when he left the Denver-based low-cost carrier.Menke takes over as Frontier is locked in competition with United Airlines and Southwest Airlines at Denver International Airport and, like others in the industry, coping with high fuel prices. During his five-year tenure at Frontier, Menke was responsible for a number of areas including customer service, maintenance and flight operations as well as overseeing the launch of the successful marketing campaign that features images of animals on aircraft tails. He previously worked at a number of carriers including United Airlines, America West Airlines and the former Western Pacific Airlines which was based in Colorado Springs.

After more than 14 years with Southwest Airlines, Glenn Hipp, Director of Fuel Purchasing and Inventory Management announced his resignation. “After doing amazing things with amazing people like you, it is with some regret, some excitement and a great deal of anticipation that I announce my resignation from Southwest Airlines,” he told his colleagues. Hipp said he will be joining the crew members at JetBlue to build a fuel department from the ground up. Hipp is the latest Southwest employee to leave for rival low-cost carrier JetBlue, which was founded by former Southwest executive David Neeleman in 2001.

Alaska Airlines has announced two leadership appointments in its customer service division. The airline named Ben Minicucci as staff vice president of customer service — airports/operational support. In his new role, he will lead the customer service division’s vendor oversight program and oversee staff planning, training, and policies and procedures. Alaska also announced the promotion of Sandy Stelling to managing director of product development. Stelling will lead technology-based projects designed to improve customer service at airports.

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