May 2014

AFSS at 30

The Association of Freight Software Suppliers (AFSS) has gained its 30th member - Transputec Computers. AFSS chair said the move would hel enhancing AFSS's status as the voice of the freight software industry in representing leading suppliers of software at various trade consultation meetings with HMRC and other government departments and in liaising with other industry bodies such as IATA and BIFA. AFSS is also now an affiliated member of Eurtradenet ... [+]

Samskip reorganises

Shortsea and intermodal carrier Samskip has reorganised itself to simplify and streamline its operations and business. Under the changes, announced by chairman of the board of Samskip Holding, Ólafur Ólafsson, the shipping and multimodal systems of Samskip Hf (North Atlantic business) and Samskip Multimodal will be combined under a single ... [+]

US container scanning kicked into the long grass again

The US Department of Homeland Security has announced a further two year dely for its troubled scheme to security screen all inbound containers. It appears that major technical and logistical problems remain and there are also concerns about the effect on the country's international trade. According to a letter from chairman ... [+]

Three dead as mystery illness strikes Goole ship

Three seamen have died after being struck down by a mystery illness on board the German-owned coaster Suntis while it was berthed in ABP's Goole docks, the BBC reports. The men were taken to hospital on Monday morning, but one died shortly after 07:00 and the other two died later. ... [+]

Workers stage strike at Tilbury stevedore

Workers at Tilbury-based, Swedish-owned paper handler, SCA Logistics are staging a 48-hour strike in protest over new zero hours contracts. The Unite trade union says it fears the permanent workforce could be replaced by lower paid agency or casual workers. Unite regional officer Jane Jeffery said move would turn the clock ... [+]

Virgin flies aid to the Philippines

Virgin Atlantic cargo has moved over 82 tons of medical supplies and equipment for victims of Typhoon Haiyan on four of its aircraft heading to the Philippines for routine maintenance work. Shipments destined for UNICEF staff on the ground in the Philippines and the country’s Department of Health included hospital ... [+]

New look for Safmarine MPV’s multipurpose services

Safmarine MPV has relaunched its Europe/West Africa multipurpose services under 'Industry' and 'Energy' banners. Catering to the needs of the oil and gas industry, the Energy service offers significantly shorter transit times and an 18-day frequency with direct calls at Aberdeen, Antwerp, Portugal and Onne (Nigeria), Luanda, Sonils, Soyo and ... [+]

Workers step up Black Sea action

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has launched a week of action against what it describes as 'the Sea of Shame'. It says that there are still “shocking levels of crew abuse and unseaworthy vessels” on the Black Sea, two years after unions started an intensive campaign to expose them, and ... [+]

Updated: DHL expands express road system

DHL Freight has expanded its Eurapid service with 11 new terminals joining the network at the beginning of May. The are new stations at Coalville in the UK (in addition to the existing UK station in London), Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Switzerland and two new ... [+]

Chilling out in Scotland

Nagel Group company Nagel Langdon has moved its Scottish operations from a shared user site in Shieldhall, Glasgow to its own depot at Eurocentral Business Park near Motherwell. In January the chilled logistics specialist announced the purchase of a 10.22 acre site at Eurocentral and, following conversion work, started operations on ... [+]

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