September 2015

Rail group urges end to freight scheme standstill

The Rail Freight Group (RFG) has called on Government to urgently confirm that key rail upgrades for freight are to go ahead as planned, following the announcement on 30 September that the Midland Main Line and Transpennine electrification schemes are to be ‘unpaused’. Key freight schemes presently amongst those included in Sir Peter Hendy’s review of Network Rail’s enhancement programme include the upgrade of the Felixstowe to Nuneaton route, work to ... [+]

FedEx donates $1 million to refugee causes

FedEx has committed about $1 million in cash and transportation support to deliver emergency supplies and critical medical aid to thousands of migrants and refugees in Europe. It has donated $1 million to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. It is also transporting hygiene kits for ... [+]

XPO launches Morocco service

XPO Logistics – which recently took over French and UK-based operator Norbert Dentressangle - has launched a new pallet distribution and groupage service between Europe and Morocco. Customers are now able to ship from Europe to any destination in Morocco by using XPO’s European and domestic less-than-truckload (LTL) network service, ... [+]

Boom time for Kent air firm

The widespread disruption caused by Operation Stack proved to be a welcome bonus for one Kent company. Light aircraft operator World Executive Airways (WEA), based at London Ashford Airport in Lydd, said its business had soared as customers sought alternatives to rail and ferry services. Aircraft movements were up 45% ... [+]

Fifteenth freighter for Emirates

Emirates SkyCargo has taken delivery of its 13th 777 freighter aircraft, bringing the total number of dedicated cargo aircraft in its fleet to 15, including two Boeing 747-400Fs. The new plane left the Boeing Manufacturing Facility in Everett, Washington and flew its first mission to Hong Kong. [+]

DHL to adjust road freight tariffs

DHL Freight is to “adjust” its road freight groupage tariffs up to an average of 6% from 1 October. It says the domestic and international LTL groupage market is under heavy cost pressures caused by the strong fluctuations in fuel price and available capacity; severe wage increases caused by driver ... [+]

Cargolux marks 45 years of carrying cargo

Cargolux Airlines has celebrated its 45th anniversary with a special aircraft livery, created by Belgian cartoonist Philippe Cruyt, and the biggest decal that Boeing ever applied to an aircraft, with 460 individual parts. It was applied to its 13th 747-8 freighter delivered to the carrier's Luxembourg hub from Seattle on ... [+]

UK faces warehouse squeeze

Prime logistics locations could be facing a shortage of land for logistics purposes, according to a new survey by the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) and property consultancy, Savills. While the UK has a total of 424 million sq ft of warehousing space, there is a critical lack of supply and development, ... [+]

Cranes to lift Felixstowe capacity

The port of Felixstowe took delivery of three new ship-to-shore gantry cranes on 28 September. Built by ZPMC in Shanghai, the new cranes will be operated on the port’s Berth 8&9 which are currently being extended to increase the port’s ability to handle the latest ultra-large container ships. [+]

UPS opens UK logistics hub

UPS has officially opened a new contract logistics facility at Birch Coppice Business Park in North Warwickshire, to meet growing demand from retail and high-tech customers. The 13,000sq m space is close to the existing package sorting hub and the UPS hub at East Midlands Airport. [+]

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