January 2015

Qatar takes a tenth of British Airways

Qatar Airways has acquired a 9.99% stake in IAG, the airline group comprising British Airways, Iberia and Vueling. The Middle East carrier said it would consider increasing its stake, although non-EU shareholdings of European carriers are capped. Qatar, a fellow member of the oneworld alliance, said the acquisition would be “an excellent opportunity to further develop our Westwards strategy”. IAG for its part said that IAG it welcomed Qatar Airways' statement that ... [+]

Channel Tunnel shuttle design needs a rethink, says Rail Freight Group chief

Rail Freight Group chairman Tony Berkeley has written to the Channel Tunnel Inter Governmental Commission asking them to review the design of the open lorry shuttle trains,following the fire that plunged operations into chaos on 17 January. He said that it was the fifth fire almost certainly caused by lorries, ... [+]

ISO signs new deal on freight emissions

The International Standards Organisation (ISO) has signed a new deal on freight transport emissions. It says that a new International Workshop Agreement (IWA) represents a major step towards reducing them. The recently published IWA 16 defines a framework to quantify CO2 emissions of freight transport in both total and intensity terms. ... [+]

On the move in Manchester

Europa Worldwide Logistics has moved its Manchester sales office from Trafford Park Village to Media Village in Salford Quays, almost doubling the size of its branch. Regional director, Tim Doggett, described it as “a big step forward for our northern region that will offer our customers many long term benefits. The ... [+]

Union boosts project expertise

ISS Palumbo UK, part of maritime services provider Inchcape Shipping Services has acquired project freight forwarder Union Transport, based in Newcastle. ISS Palumbo said the move will enhance its project freight forwarding and integrated logistics services to its customers, who include ENI, SAIPEM and Air Products. ISS Palumbo president, Andrea Palumbo, ... [+]

Europe’s waste is Africa’s gain

Pall-Ex is teaming up with Legs4Africa to provide 1,000 prosthetic limbs to amputees in West Africa. Under EU law, unwanted prosthetic limbs – even those in perfect working order – are deemed medical waste and cannot be distributed – even those that have only been tried on once and found not ... [+]

TNT launches Turkey flyer

TNT has launched a daily, scheduled road service to Istanbul. It operates via Sofia, Bulgaria to all countries in Europe via TNT’s European road network. Transit times from Istanbul to key European business centres vary from four to seven days, depending on distance to destination. In Turkey, TNT has a ... [+]

GAC is in the zone

GAC North America - Logistics has become one of only two companies in the city to operate as a Foreign Trade Zone in Houston. Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) are secure areas under the supervision of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), designed to encourage foreign commerce and are ... [+]

New HQ for Midlands forwarder

Independent Freight has opened a new HQ and warehouse in Nuneaton. Founded in 2004 by Jenny Hooper, Independent Freight specialises in national and international freight services and customised import and export freight forwarding for both import and export. Within 18 months, it moved from a spare room in Hooper’s home ... [+]

Evergreen places giant ship order

Evergreen Group signed time charter agreements on 28 January with Shoei Kisen Kaisha, for 11 18,000teu ships. The new vessels, which include six already announced by Evergreen last December, will be delivered between 2018 and 2019. [+]

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