June 2015

Transpennine rail route is full, says Peel Ports boss

Peel Ports managing director Gary Hodgson told the All-Party Parliamentary Maritime and Ports Group session on 30 June that he was bitterly disappointed at Network Rail's announcement the previous week that electrification of the Transpennine rail route between Liverpool and Leeds had been put on hold. New capacity on the railways was badly needed and already east-west connectivity was “a tragedy” he said. “There is zero capacity left across to ... [+]

P&O Ferries dusts down Boulogne terminal

With the Port of Calais strikebound on 30 June, P&O Ferries operated a limited service to Boulogne for outbound traffic only, using some of its older and smaller vessels. Regular ferry services have not operated to the smaller French port for several years. Port of Dover chief executive told FBJ that ... [+]

FedEx files TNT takeover

FedEx said on 26 June that it had filed its acquisition of TNT Express with the European Commission. The US company expects to submit a request for review and approval of its Offer Document with the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets before 30 June , and the offer is expecting ... [+]

Cork gets EU funds

The Port of Cork has secured €12.3 million-worth of EU funding from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for its Ringaskiddy redevelopment project. The Ringaskiddy Redevelopment Project will form part of an eventual investment of around €100 million.   [+]

Calais closed again

Calais port has been closed again by strike action, reports the Port of Dover (14.20 29 June). All ferry services to and from Calais are affected, although DFDS Seaways services are still running to Dunkerque as normal, it said. It is the second time that MyFerryLink workers have taken industrial ... [+]

New boss for Finland forwarder

Finland-based forwarder Nurminen Logistics has appointed Marko Tuunainen as president and chief executive. He was previously senior vice-president, forwarding and value added services business line and takes over from Olli Pohjanvirta who will continue in the company as a support for the new CEO until further notice. [+]

Catch it while you can…

Virgin Atlantic Airways has launched a new summer service between Orlando and Belfast for just four weeks this summer. It will resume in June 2016.    [+]

Pipe dream comes true for Ceva

Ceva Logistics has signed a deal to mange pipe logistics for the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Project, which aims to transport natural gas from the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan to Turkey, and to Europe through Turkey at an estimated cost of $10 billion. CEVA will provide ground transportation and contract ... [+]

MSC goes for another Indian port

MSC is adding a direct call at the east coast Indian port of Hazira from July 2015. The route, operated by seven 9,000teu ships, is served from Felixstowe in the UK. [+]

New Guangzhou-Stansted freighter

China Southern Cargo has launched a new 777 freighter. Since 20JUN15, the airline added new service between Guangzhou and London Stansted. It will initially operate twice-weekly but a third service will be added from 23 July. The return service is via Frankfurt. There is also a thour times a week ... [+]

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