October 2016

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In the Pink

DFDS has ditched its regular scheme by turning out one of its trailers in bright pink in support of the fight against breast cancer. For every ten kilometres it ravels, DFDS donates one euro to medical institutions. [+]
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Air firms to back child charity

Coyne Airways and Air Charter Service are backing War Child, a charity which supports children affected by conflict. Family-run Coyne and ACS will donate an agreed amount per transaction on behalf of their customers, starting from next month. Customers will be given the opportunity to match the donation on a ... [+]
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New berth plan for Heysham as road link opens

Peel Ports is to invest £10m in a new link-span bridge and a fourth berth at Heysham to handle larger ferries. It will also create a new port entrance and improve IT and terminal operating systems. Work will begin in November and is expected to be completed by October 2017. It follows the ... [+]
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Another piece in the jigsaw for north-south rail link

Turkey’s Ekol Logistics and the French Railways logistics arm, VIIA have added a weekly shuttle train connection from the port of Sète to Noisy-le-Sec in the Paris area. The two partners say the service, which carries trailers on rail flat wagons, is the first step in building a North-South rail ... [+]
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Air freight industry to raise its game

The UK-headquartered Global Shippers Forum and IATA interest group Cargo iQ signed a memorandum of understanding with to improve quality in airfreight at the TIACA Air Cargo Forum in Paris in late October. They pledged to implement the Cargo iQ quality management system and promote sustainability in airfreight. And outlined areas ... [+]
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Buy now while stocks last – UPS orders 14 cargo jumbos

UPS said on 27 October that it was buying 14 Boeing 747-8 Freighters, with an option to purchase an additional 14. The will be used by the express carrier to increase its capacity around the world. While the UPS order follows a similar deal with Russian-owned Volga-Dnepr announced at this year’s ... [+]
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Potter bows out of logistics

Rail and road logistics operator is to transform itself into a property firm after it announced the sale of its warehousing and transport operations at five sites to WH Bowker. The five sites are Droitwich, Knowsley, Ripon, Selby and York. The acquisition makes WH Bowker one of the largest UK players ... [+]
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Relief road to transform Heysham’s prospects, says ro ro boss

Chief executive of Irish Sea freight  ferry operator Seatruck, Alistair Eagles says the opening of the new £124.5m Bay Gateway relief road in Lancaster, is the biggest commercial opportunity for the Port of Heysham in its history. The opening, on 31 October would unleash the port’s potential to win more Irish ... [+]
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To the rescue in Haiti

UK-based Air Charter Service said in late October that it had arranged several flights to Haiti, following Hurricane Matthew earlier this month. They were operated by aircraft including AN-12s and Boeing 767s, from Europe and the US, carrying material including medicine, mosquito nets tarpaulins, jerry cans and buckets.   [+]
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Peel and Panama to promote new trade routes

Port of Liverpool owner Peel Ports has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to promote trade routes between Liverpool and the west coast of South America ahead of the opening of its Liverpool2 container terminal in early November. The agreement was signed on 24 October by ... [+]

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