January 2018

FedEx’s Binks bows out

FedEx Express Europe president and TNT chief executive, David Binks (left), is to retire in June. He will be succeed by senior vice president of finance – international, Bert Nappier (right). Binks, who started with FedEx in 1983, rose through the ranks, leading FedEx Express teams in Europe, the Middle East and Canada. Most recently, he was instrumental in the completion of the company’s acquisition of TNT. Nappier joined FedEx in 2005 ... [+]

Brexit? Bring it on!

Eurotunnel’s Le Shuttle Freight service transported 128,321 trucks in December 2017, a decrease of 3% compared to the same month in 2016. It moved more than 1.637 million for 2017 as a whole, compared with 1.642m in 2016, a fall of 0.3%. [+]

Flexport to open Hamburg office

Technology-enabled freight forwarder and customs broker Flexport is to open a second European office in Hamburg and expects to hire over 100 employees in Germany in the next two to three years. The Hamburg office will be led by Janis Bargsten. Flexport already has offices in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Los ... [+]

Virgin first to offer new pharma container

Virgin Atlantic Cargo has become the first UK airline to approve the use of CSafe’s new RAP container for temperature-sensitive healthcare products. Following its approval by the US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency, the unit has now been approved by Virgin across its international network. The CSafe ... [+]

Lufthansa adds Osaka freighters

Lufthansa Cargo has added two weekly freighters to Osaka, Japan, complementing its existing daily freighter to Tokyo-Narita as well as the Lufthansa passenger flights to Osaka-Kansai, Tokyo-Haneda, and Nagoya. The new route is operated from Frankfurt via Novosibirsk to Osaka on Wednesdays and Fridays. [+]

Peters & May has wind in its sails

Bespoke logistics provider Peters & May Group has made two acquisitions - Worldwide Yacht Shipping and Transport Partners. Worldwide Yacht Shipping, run by chief executive Nigel Grayston, is a strong player in the Middle East, and the new owner, which now has 12 offices globally, will focus its development on the ... [+]

First Geest Line ship for Dover

The 14,000-ton Baltic Klipper was the first Geest Line ship to discharge in Dover, on 24 January, following the relocation from Portsmouth. Geest Line initially will call at Dover’s eastern docks general cargo terminal but will move to new handling facilities at the western docks once they are completed in ... [+]

Slick American sees cargo surge

American Airlines Cargo’s traffic was up 15% from the previous calendar year in 2017. It followed a year-long effort to streamline the customer experience with the introduction of new self-service tools to automate and improve the booking process alongside further implementation of new services like proactive shipment re-accommodation. [+]

Port of Cork sees steady rise

Combined total traffic through the Port of Cork and Bantry Bay Port Company reached 10.3 million tonnes in 2017, up 8.6% compared to 2016. Cork’s container volumes through its Tivoli and Ringaskiddy terminals grew by 3.7%, with 217,763teu handled in 2017. Chief executive Brendan Keating added that while Cork saw over ... [+]

Maersk goes forward with digital contract

Maersk Line has become a founder investor in the New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX), described as the first digital forward freight contract for the global container industry. The new contract is also being offered by Hapag Lloyd, CMA CGM, MOL, OOCL, and COSCO, representing a combined 52% of global container capacity ... [+]

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