December 2013

New ops chief for FedEx

FedEx Express has appointed Trevor Hoyle as vice-president operations for the UK & Ireland. He was formerly managing director ground operations UK & Ireland, and his appointment follows the recent announcement that David Binks will become regional president, FedEx Express, EMEA and Michael Holt will be promoted to senior vice president, European operations. [+]

Biggest ship yet for Nigeria’s Onne

The 4,500teu Maersk Copenhagen became the biggest ship to visit the eastern Nigerian port of Onne in Port Harcourt on 3 December when she called at APM Terminals’ West Africa Container Terminal (WACT). It was a trial stop for Maersk Line’s weekly Far East-West Africa (FEW2) service, which is comprised ... [+]

UPS strike is off

Staff at UPS Parcels Camden depot in north London have called off their strike scheduled for Friday 20 December, after it was agreed that the conciliation service Acas would broker talks in the New Year over workloads and alleged bullying. A sacked steward for the Unite union has also been ... [+]

Panalpina freighter flies for free

A Panalpina 747-8 freighter has flown 100 tons of desperately-needed relief goods free of charge to the Central African Republic on 18 December. This shipment was organised in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) from Luxembourg into Bangui. Instead of giving Christmas gifts to its customers and employees ... [+]

Longer contract, longer trains

GB Railfreight has confirmed a three-year extension to its contract with Mediterranean Shipping Company UK, until January 2017. The previous five-year contact was due to expire in February 2014. The rail firm will continue to run three daily services for MSC UK from the Port of Felixstowe: two to Hams ... [+]

More pharma centres for IAG

IAG Cargo has expanded its Constant Climate premium network for precision temperature controlled pharmaceutical goods network to five new European airports; Prague, Vienna, Las Palmas, Basel and Zurich, plus Dubai. The joint British Airways-Iberia cargo carrier now has 91 Constant Climate centres covering most of the world's major manufacturing regions. [+]

Cleaning up

CEVA has secured a five year, multi million euro contract renewal with cleaning solutions firm Vileda. The logistics firm stores approximately 5,300 pallets for Vileda in its multi user warehouse facility in Corby, Northamptonshire. [+]

UPDATED: New runways for Heathrow and Gatwick on Davies’ shortlist

The Davies Commission on airport capacity in the south-east of England has shortlisted a third runway for Heathrow and a second for Gatwick as possible options, but has not come out decisevly in favour of a scheme for a new island airport in the Thames Estuary. It says that further ... [+]

IAG signs WACO deal

IAG Cargo has signed a partnership with freight management network The WACO System. WACO's members have been nominated as preferred forwarders by IAG Cargo, the merged freight business of British Airways and Iberia, whilst IAG Cargo becomes part of WACO’s preferred carrier programme. [+]

It’s in the bag for PD Ports

Helm Fertilizer Great Britain has signed a ten-year agreement with PD Ports to operate a blending and bagging facility for its imports at the Port of Howden on the river Ouse, near Goole. The Port of Howden, which is owned and operated by PD Ports will also provide the stevedoring service ... [+]

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