December 2011

A new force on the Far East/Europe trade

Hard on the heels of the CMA-MSC alliance announced earlier in December, two of the world's biggest container groupings have announced an alliance for the Europe/Far East trade. The Grand Alliance and the New World Alliance, which together account for six of the world's major carriers have agreed to create one of the largest vessel networks in the Far East-to-Europe trade lane with more than 90 ships, covering over 40 ... [+]

Maersk chief quits for bank job

Maersk Line CEO Eivind Kolding has left the company to become chairman of the executive board of Danske Bank. His place has been taken by Søren Skou, previously CEO of Maersk Tankers. Group CEO of parent company AP Moller - Maersk. Nils Andersen, paid tribute to the former Maersk CEO: “Under ... [+]

Chill JV for Romania

Danone Romania and Norbert Dentressangle Romania have joined forces to create NDL Frigo Logistics to serve the chilled goods logistics market. The new venture offers a national distribution network covering 20,000 points of sale, managed by a team of qualified Romanian logisticians and supported by state-of-the-art IT systems. General manager ... [+]

Bigger ships to US

Hamburg Süd, Zim and Grand Alliance members Hapag-Lloyd, NYK and OOCL are upgrading their Europe/East Coast North America service with four 5,400teu ships, replacing four 3,700teu ships. As hitherto, Hamburg Süd and ZIM will each provide one vessel and the Grand Alliance two. The weekly fixed-day service calls at Southampton, ... [+]

Suffolk ports suffer two fatalities

Ports in Suffolk have suffered two fatalities in less then 24 hours. One man was killed and another seriously injured in an accident at the Port of Ipswich in Suffolk early on the evening of Friday 16 December. The two men are believed to have been crushed by a floating ... [+]

Gefco opens new Romania hub

GEFCO Romania has opened a new logistics platform n the Prologis industrial park at Joita, near Bucarest. The 4,500 sq m site offers a full range of services, including storage, stock management, transfer or order picking. The first load to be handled by the site was made up of fifteen ... [+]

Norbert spruces up supply chain

Needlefresh Direct has appointed Norbert Dentressangle to manage the import and distribution of real Christmas trees from Belgium to UK retail outlets within four days of harvesting. Established in 1996, the company supplies several varieties of tree, including traditional Norwegian Spruces and a range of Needlefast Firs. Each tree has a ... [+]

Amsterdam back in box business

Three container shipping companies have chosen Amsterdam port for seasonal services carrying West African cocoa beans to Europe. The West Africa ARN service of Mitsui Osk Lines (MOL), the NAF service of Zim and the WAX service of Hapag Lloyd are set to call in the port, which has had ... [+]

Maersk drops CMA sharing agreement

Maersk Line is to discontinue its vessel sharing agreement with CMA CGM from mid-February and is to add the ports of Zeebrugge, Hamburg and Le Havre to its new Daily service – though without the money-back guarantee if scheduled sailing times are not met. However, shippers to these ports will ... [+]

Shore winner

One example of a successful female-owned enterprise in the freight industry is Suffolk based Shore Logistics, founded by Natalie Caraccio, set up earlier in 2011. Working for Bawdsey Haulage and then Fowler Welch before being made redundant, Natalie identified an opportunity to continue to service a dry freight contract and ... [+]

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