Solent on Thames

Solent Stevedores has formally opened its new empty container depot at DP Wolrd London Gateway. Work on the new facility started in 2017 with operations beginning in April. The stevedoring company’s five-acre off-dock yard will offer a range of empty container handling and storage services at Berth 7, outside the terminal’s ISPS perimeter and adjacent to the port’s main gate. Solent Stevedores managing director, Fiona Robson, said: “The new London Gateway site ... [+]

Port of Tyne puts spring in the step of footwear firm

Scientific footwear firm FitFlop has signed a new partnership deal with e-fulfilment provider and existing Port of Tyne customer Spark Response, based in Gateshead. FitFlop has been a huge commercial success and the port will provide overspill warehousing and distribution to Spark Response for up ... [+]

Grangemouth gets ready for the rush

Scotland’s main container port Grangemouth says it is well underway with a multi-million pound investment programme to boost its capacity by around 1,000teu. The programme includes container terminal surfacing upgrades, a new terminal operating system, warehouse development and a ship to shore crane. The £2m investment ... [+]

Ports are hubs for the future, says survey

Ports could turn themselves into hubs for wider economic activity such as logistics and manufacturing with more customer-specific services, according to a member survey by the UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG) published on 18 May. Part of the UKMPG’s response to the Government’s Maritime 2050 Call ... [+]

Commission launches consortia probe

The European Commission has launched an evaluation of the current block exemption of shipping line consortia. The European Shippers’ Council says it is preparing its own response, but individual shippers are also free to participate. ESC said shippers had raised a number of concerns over ... [+]

P&O Ferries takes up the slack in Scotland

P&O Ferries says it will increase capacity on its Zeebrugge-Teesport route by almost 25% to create an alternative gateway to Scotland following the closure of the DFDS service to Rosyth. The ferry and logistics company currently carries more than 100,000 freight units a year to Teesport ... [+]

New chiefs for ports group

Forth Ports chief executive, Charles Hammond, has taken over as chair of the UK Major Ports Group from Associated British Ports’ James Cooper. While PD Ports chief operating officer, Jerry Hopkinson takes over as vice chair from Roy Adair of Belfast Harbour. UKMPG has also ... [+]

ECU adds new exec

NVOCC and LCL consolidator ECU Worldwide has appointed Rene Wernli as the regional chief executive for the Indian subcontinent Middle East and Africa. Based in Dubai, he will report to chief executive Claudio Scandella. [+]

Consider coastal shipping, urges ports group

British Ports Association chief executive, Richard Ballantyne called for a new national freight strategy to include coastal shipping, at a Freight Transport Association Multimodal seminar on 3 May. He said: “We have been pressing Government to produce a new national ‘freight strategy’ covering all transport modes. ... [+]

Giant on the Tyne

The deep-water heavy lift vessel Aegir is carrying out a number of highly complex heavy lifting operations at the Port of Tyne’s Northumbrian Quay in North Shields. The 4,000 ton heavy lift capacity vessel operated by Netherlands based Heerema Marine Contractors will be in the ... [+]