June 2015

Rail wires on hold

The rail industry was disappointed by the Secretary of State’s for Transport announcement on 25 June that some cherished projects, including the electrification of the Midland Main Line and Transpennine routes are to be “paused”. While electrification per se will have little impact on freight movements – most of which would probably remain diesel operated even after electrification, at least in the short term, a spokesman for the Rail Freight Group ... [+]

Ti trims back its forecast

After a promising six month outlook last month, the outlook in the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index has since tempered, says consultant Transport Intelligence. Combined with only a 0.1 point increase in the overall present situation for air freight and an almost 1.0 point decline in sea freight’s overall present situation, ... [+]

Forth Ports – it’s an education

Forth Ports has launched its first Modern Apprentice programme in Scotland. Launched in partnership with SQA (Scottish Qualifications Board), Port Skills & Safety and the Unite the Union and RMT trade unions, it has been approved by the Modern Apprenticeship Group (MAG), the first approval of a modern apprenticeship programme ... [+]

KN buys US broker

Kuehne + Nagel is to acquire 100% of the shares of US transport broker, ReTrans. The Swiss company says that the Memphis-based company is one of the the leading non-asset brokerage providers of intermodal transportation, as well as full and less-than-truckload (FTL and LTL) services in North America, with more ... [+]

AA opens pharma facility

American Airlines Cargo has officially opened its ExpediteTC cold storage pharmaceutical facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It says it is the only airline in the north-east US with a state-of-the-art terminal for temperature-sensitive, life science and healthcare cargo. [+]

The race is on

Five Associated British Ports Humber apprentices are taking to the high seas in the Apprentice Ship Cup, the biggest tall ship regatta in the UK. Marine operations apprentices Keeta Rowlands, Lucy Walker and Niall Robson and engineering apprentices Adam Wilson and Chris Huntington will take part in the final leg ... [+]

UASC’s newest and biggest calls in Felixstowe

United Arab Shipping Company’s (UASC) newest and biggest vessel, the 18,800teu Barzan, has made her maiden call at Felixstowe. She arrived from Port Kelang in Malaysia on UASC’s AEC1 service between Asia and North Europe which also calls at Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Port Kelang, Rotterdam and Hamburg. [+]

Airfreight vital to exports, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says the independent Cole Commission on Exports report released on 24 June echoes its own findings that Heathrow must increase capacity to be competitive in air freight. The report says sufficient export capacity is “critical” if the UK is to win the race for jobs ... [+]

Operation stack ends but Calais still in crisis

Operation stack on the M20 approaches to the Channel Tunnel and ferry ports has been lifted – but not before hundreds of migrants stormed trucks queuing at Calais. UK-bound traffic was caught up in congestion caused by a strike and blockade by workers, after it was revealed that there would ... [+]

Feline fine thanks to the PLA

The Port of London Authority has been turning old mooring ropes into giant cat toys. Wildlife Heritage Foundation (WHF) has been collecting pallets of rope and lifting strops last month and they are now being used at the Kent-based sanctuary’s ‘Enrichment’ enclosure as scratch posts, to keep lions' and leopards' ... [+]

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