Freight News

Ship Canal takes the strain

Esprit Warehousing and Docks Trafford Park terminal in Manchester handled another large shipment on 19-20 September from Europe via the Manchester Ship Canal. The 3,500 tonne MV Scot Ranger was carrying four large silos destined for a Manchester factory. Unloading was managed by Trafford Park company Speedrite before making the final leg of the journey under police escort. Group director Graham Dixon said: “This is exactly what the ship canal should be used ... [+]

Age no bar to new technology

One of the UK’s oldest shipping companies, John Good & Son, has a brand new website. It says it gives a user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout, plus the addition of a useful content hub where customers can learn more about the shipping ... [+]

Firms urged to compete for green vehicle funding

Roads Minister Jesse Norman is urging companies to compete for up to £15 million of funding to develop technology to reduce harmful road freight emissions. Projects could include making vehicles lighter or improving the efficiency of engines or batteries. The completion has been developed with ... [+]

iQ offers on-demand info

IATA’s Cargo iQ airfreight quality programme is offering online self-service access to its data, giving members real-time information on performance. Members can access their data on any given route and produce customised reports, allowing them to compare their own performance against Cargo iQ standards, and ... [+]

Rotterdam lab to put Blockchain under the microscope

The Municipality of Rotterdam and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have opened a ‘BlockLab’ to develop concrete applications and solutions based on blockchain technology. It has been financed by the two partners with the support of regional development corporation InnovationQuarter. The partners say that Blockchain is ... [+]

Sheerness port hit by Greenpeace car protests

Greenpeace protestors in kayaks and boats boarded K Line's Elbe Highway 23,498-tonne car carrier in the Thames Estuary on the morning of 21 September as part of a protest against “toxic” diesel cars. The campaigners drew up alongside the car carrier at around 8.30am, hanging from ... [+]

FedEx counts the cost of TNT virus attack

FedEx said that the NotPetya cyber attack that hit its newly acuired TNT Express arm had hit its sales by about $300 million in the past three months. However, all TNT’s main systems were now working again, although parcels  volumes have been reduced, it said. Parcel ... [+]

Second Iberia link for Liverpool

Short sea operator WEC Lines is beginning a new service connecting Liverpool with Huelva in south-west Spain, the north-west Spanish port of Vigo, Leixoes near Porto in north-west Portugal and Dublin. The service starts at the end of September with weekly 300teu vessels, but is ... [+]

Davies Turner recruits high-tech apprentices

Freight services company Davies Turner has recruited another 12 A-level school leavers and graduates for this year’s trainee programme. A new departure for Davies Turner’s apprentice scheme, now in its eighth year, is that this year’s intake includes two IT net developers who will join ... [+]

Keeping track of climate change

Volga-Dnepr Airlines has delivered the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-5P satellite from London Stansted to Archangelsk in northwest Russia on behalf of Airbus Defence and Space. The satellite will provide air quality and climate data for the entire planet every single day after its launch next ... [+]