October 2014

Eurotunnel denounces railfreight ‘obstacles’

There are five main obstacles to the development of cross-Channel rail freight, Tunnel operator Eurotunnel told a conference in Lille, northern France on 9 October. This was despite the double digit growth in cross-Channel rail freight in the third quarter of 2014. Problems included the lack of electrification on lines from the Channel Tunnel across Kent and the absence of a rail freight corridor between Manchester and Birmingham. Other significant barriers were ... [+]

IJS signs aeropace deal

IJS Global has signed a global strategic partnership agreement with CTi – Control Towers International - to operate its worldwide Time Critical network. IJS Global is launching time critical solution services to the aerospace industry. CTi – headquartered in Amsterdam in The Netherlands - will manage the process through its ... [+]

New director for Maru

Dewsbury based international freight forwarding and transport company, Maru International has appointed Gary Sawyer to its board of directors. He joined Maru in 2004 to establish LCL ocean consolidation services to compliment the company’s existing services to western & eastern europe & its sea, air and courier departments. He will continue ... [+]

Minister sees Felixstowe at first hand

Shipping and Ports Minister John Hayes paid his first visit to Felixstowe on 30 October. He took ion the UK flagged Ever Lambent Evergreen container vessel. He said:  “Britain has long been a nautical powerhouse, with the maritime sector generating well over £8bn for the economy every year. Our ports ... [+]

New site for special services

Norbert Dentressangle has opened a new national distribution hub for its Specialist Services operation, on the site of its International Freight Terminal at Brownhills, near Walsall. It provides specialist-handling distribution for businesses supplying high value, delicate or large commercial items. The new warehouse features 20,000sq ft of fully racked high bay ... [+]

All systems go in Sheerness

The port of Sheerness has unveiled plans to increase cargo throughput by 130% over the next 20 years inder a new Master Plan. It also details investments that would create over 1,000 jobs in the marine and maritime industry, as well as options for a rail link to Port to ... [+]

More Schenker apprentices

Schenker Limited, the UK arm of the global logistics services provider DB Schenker, has welcomed 16 more young people to its UK National Apprenticeship Programme. The programme has been running since 2010, and has seen many apprentices embark on a successful career in logistics within the company. The new group will ... [+]

Rotterdam rides ro ro boom

The port of Rotterdam’s reports strong growth in its ro-ro traffic during the first none months of 2014, due almost entirely to the strength of the UK economy. Some15 million tonnes of ro-ro cargo was handled in the port of Rotterdam, 8% more (+1.1 million tonnes) than in the same ... [+]

Another year for Newhaven-Dieppe ferry

DFDS Seaways has reached agreement with the Seine-Maritime promotion group Syndicat Mixte de Promotion de L’Activité Transmanche (SMPAT), to extend operation and marketing of the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry service for an additional year. The Seven Sisters and the Cote d'Albâtre ships, which are owned by SMPAT, will continue to be operated ... [+]

Liverpool opens plywood terminal

Liverpool Plywood Terminal is due to open on 31 October, six months after Peel Ports struck a deal with Westfal-Larsen Shipping to bring combined shipments of steel and plywood into the Port of Liverpool on a new Far East service. The 80,000sq ft temperature-controlled quayside warehouse at Seaforth will radically ... [+]

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