French ports to run Swiss rail shuttle

A rail shuttle container service is to be launched between the French ports of Marseille Fos and Le Havre and Switzerland in mid-March in a joint initiative with intermodal operator Naviland Cargo. Operating three times per week, the service will run to Chavornay – in the French-speaking region near Lausanne – with connecting rail shuttles from each port to the Dijon Gevrey facility in mid-France. The new service is expected to capture ... [+]

New Year, new yard for Felixstowe

Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling pressed the button at a ground-breaking ceremony on 11 January to get the latest phase of expansion at the Port of Felixstowe. About 13 hectares of new paved container yard is to be constructed directly behind Berth 9 ... [+]

Tonnage up at Teignmouth

ABP’s Port of Teignmouth handled its highest cargo tonnage since 2008 - over 450,000 tonnes in 2017. Traffic included clay, animal feed and aggregates. Investment included an £850,000 new Mantsinen crane.   [+]

Scots roads are Ulster Achilles heel, says FTA

Northern Ireland continues to be disadvantaged by poor road access to Scottish ports, says the Freight Transport Association after ferry company Stena Line raised concerns over the issue. FTA says that while road connections within Northern Ireland have kept pace with economic development- work on a ... [+]

Southampton ro ro handler breaks records

Following the announcement on 10 January of record volumes at ABP Southampton, ro ro handler SCH said on 11 January its cargo grew by over 25% in 2017. With ro-ro import and export volumes breaking the 200,000 unit barrier in 2016, the stevedore and terminal management ... [+]

Happy New Year for ABP Southampton

Port of Southampton owner and operator ABP predicts that 2018 looks set to be another record-breaking year. Director Alastair Welch says that, following the success of 2017, when the largest vessels in the world came to Southampton and more than one million containers were handled by ... [+]

Seven more recruits for John Good programme

The John Good Group has recruited a further seven apprentices to its national apprenticeship program, in Hull, Manchester, Felixstowe and London me. The programme began in 2014. Managing director, Seamus Jennings, said that almost all of the apprentices who have started with the business over ... [+]

Another record for Dover freight

Freight volumes through the Port of Dover hit a record for the fifth consecutive year in 2017. The port handled 2,601,162 lorries, up by almost 10,000 on the previous record and bringing the total increase over the last five years to just under 650,000 units ... [+]

Another reefer line switches to Dover

Caribbean specialist operator Geest Line is to move its south of England call from Portsmouth to Dover following an increase in the size of its ships and to accommodate the need for weekend discharge of cargoes. Geest has replaced its four chartered vessels with five larger ... [+]

Best year in six for P&O’s Larne-Cairnryan route

P&O Ferries says it carried the highest volume of freight on its Larne-Cairnryan service in six years during 2017. It moved 210,533 lorries and trailers on its seven sailings a day during the last 12 months, a 1.3% increase on 2016 and is the best ... [+]