Stena launches new Irish Sea schedule

Stena Line’s Trade Director, Irish Sea South, Ian Davies, joined master of the Stena Europe, Richard Cleary on the bridge to celebrate the new Fishguard-Rosslare route timetable on 23 May. The new schedule offers three day sailings and an extended overnight crossing. Stena Line is the largest ferry operator on the Irish Sea. Other routes are Holyhead to Dublin, Liverpool, Heysham and Cairnryan to Belfast, a total of 228 weekly sailing options. ... [+]

Brussels eases port and airport spending rules

The European Commission has approved new state aid rules that it says will simplify rules on state aid for ports and airports in the EU’s outermost regions. Member States can now make public investments in regional airports handling up to 3 million passengers per year without ... [+]

Samskip adds to lightweight reefer fleet

Shipping and intermodal operator Samskip has added 51 lighter-weight 45ft length refer containers to its fleet. The Chinese-built electric units feature the same flat composite inner lining first used by Samskip in a 2014 order. The containers are lighter, stronger and easier to clean than conventional ... [+]

Six-pack system could keep shipping costs in trim

BLOK-Container Systems (BCS) has developed a ‘six-pack’ system to lift up to half a dozen empty containers as a single load. According to the company, repositioning empty containers costs the shipping industry $15-20bn a year – up to 8 per cent of shipping line operating ... [+]

Shipping lines fear French ferry chaos

Shipping chiefs are alarmed at French president-elect Macron’s promise to tear up the Treaty of Le Touquet that governs how ferry companies handle immigration to and from the UK. Responding to reports that ferry companies could be asked to assume responsibility for border controls at ferry ... [+]

Bids invited for Welsh port funding


Yang Ming moves to quell rumours

Yang Ming issued a customer advisory note in late April to try and quell speculation over its future after its shares were suspended on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. It said that the suspension was a standard procedure for companies that were recapitalisating. The Taiwanese carrier ... [+]

Cleaning up the Thames

The Port of London Authority says that 66 ships calling at Thames terminals Thames qualified for the UK’s first port charge discount for cleaner ships in the first three months of the year. Introduced by the Port of London Authority (PLA) on 1 January, the ... [+]

Two new recruits for MSC board

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has appointed Michael Collins and Jonathan Burke to its UK board of directors. Jonathan Burke becomes UK Operations Director following the retirement of Kelvin Wilden and Michael Collins is commercial director, a new role within the company. [+]

ABP lends its weight across the water

ABP’s five South Wales ports are offering bespoke logistics solutions for suppliers to the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project, just across the Bristol Channel in Somerset. The port of Barry (pictured) is the closest commercial port to the site and ABP can also offer ... [+]