October 2012

HumberPort Launches Website

Leading shipping and logistics organisations on the Humber have launched a website to promote the facilities and advantages of international trade through the Humber Port network; Key stakeholders ABP, AbleUK, DFDS, Danbrit, EastTrans, RMS Group, Samskip and Tschudi are behind the HumberPort initiative, which meets and is administered through the University of Hull Logisitics Institute. Bill Walker, Director of the University of Hull Knowledge Exchange and Interim Chair of HumberPort said, ... [+]

Bigger ship for P&O’s Tilbury-Zeebrugge service

P&O Ferries is to upgrade its Tilbury–Zeebrugge freight service with a new vessel, the 163 trailer-capacity Wilhelmine chartered from Cobelfret. The ship can also carry 12 drivers and will replace the 145 trailer capacity Norqueen from early January. Wilhelmine is a new build, completed earlier this year, and will help to ... [+]

Eurotunnel’s ferry plans referred to UK competition watchdog

The UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has referred Eurotunnel Group's planned acquisition of former ferry operator, SeaFrance to the country's Competition Commission for further investigation, over concerns that the merger could substantially reduce competition on the Channel. Eurotunnel is planning to buy three former SeaFrance ships and operate as ... [+]

Pride of Calais bows out

P&O Ferries' Pride of Calais has ended her service on 22 October after almost 25 years on the Dover-Calais route for P&O Ferries when she sailed into the Kent port for the last time. She was in fact due to leave the fleet earlier this year on delivery if her ... [+]

Foreign truckers cause concern

A survey on behalf of the Commercial Vehicle Forum found that a majority of respondents were deeply concerned with the perceived poor driving ability of, when asked specifically what dangers commercial vehicles posed. However, 96% of consumers agreed that the road transport sector is important to the UK economy. [+]

Containers of hope from CMA CGM

The CMA CGM Foundation has launched , its first major humanitarian transport operation in Africa, alongside Action Contre la Faim (ACF) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). A container displaying the operation’s logo was unveiled in front of the CMA CGM Tower in Marseille on 25 October. The operation will transport ... [+]

New ship for the Thames

Cobelfret's CLdN christened the Japanese-built MS Adeline, the latest addition to its ro-ro freight fleet in a ceremony held on the River Thames on 26 October. The 152 metre-long, 165 trailer capacity – described as a medium-sized vessel by CLdN managing director Gary Walker – will operate on routes from ... [+]

Channel collision

The P&O ferry Pride of Burgundy collided with an empty ferry, MyFerry's Berlioz outside Calais at about 11:30 local time on Saturday 27 October, the BBC reported. P&O said its ferry had been blown into the other vessel as the ship left the port. There were no reported injuries among ... [+]

Tappin agrees plea bargain

Retired freight forwarder Christopher Tappin has agreed a plea bargain deal with US prosecutors that he hopes will guarantee his return to the UK. Mr Tappin, 65, from Orpington, Kent, and owner of Brooklands International, had fought extradition to a Texas jail for two years over charges of conspiring to ... [+]

PD’s people skills recognised

PD Ports Group won the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)’s Development of People at a ceremony in London on 18 October. In the past 10 years, PD Ports has invested over £4 million in training and development programmes, including apprenticeship, graduate, H&S and back to work schemes. Currently, 926 ... [+]

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