April 2016

Tilbury and Grangemouth to offer container weighing

Forth Ports says that through “significant investment in  its straddle carrier fleet and IT development” it too will be able to offer shippers a VGM solution for export containers at its terminals in Tilbury and Grangemouth. Divisional director of Forth Ports, Stuart Wallace, said: “Recognising the importance of compliance and continuity of service for our customers, we will provide a weighing service to ensure our customers have a solution to the ... [+]

Wincanton opens Southampton port base

Logistics firm Wincanton is moving its port of Southampton base to a new site and is investing in new equipment, including extra rail capacity. Wincanton previously serviced the port mainly out of a base in Greenham Common but is moving to Eling Wharf, which has parking for 70 container vehicles and ... [+]

Newport owner to object to ‘devastating’ road plan

Associated British Ports (ABP) is to make a formal objection to the Welsh Government and the Secretary of State for Transport against the compulsory purchase of approximately 87 acres of land through the centre of the Port of Newport for a road scheme. ABP says its operations in Newport support around ... [+]

Freight industry faces Monday morning blues next Tuesday

Will the freight industry be facing its own ‘Millenium Bug’ when it returns to work on Tuesday 3 May? Peter MacSwiney, chairman of IT specialists ASM says that a number of changes to the CHIEF (Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight) computer system will take effect from that date. ... [+]

Abbey gets the HSBC habit

Liverpool-based Abbey Logistics Group said it would venture into new European markets including Belgium, France and Holland in the next few years, after it secured a £12.5 million funding package from HSBC. It also has long-term plans to operate in other parts of mainland Europe. The company has already recruited ... [+]

Truckers deplore slow progress on secure parking

The European Secure Parking Organisation (ESPORG) and the International Road Transport Union have called on EU Member States to fulfil their obligations to create more secure truck parking on the Trans-European Road Network to help combat the migration crisis. Michael Nielsen who leads IRU's work in the EU described the ... [+]

Road-worthy winner

Container and general haulier Maritime Transport’s Immingham depot has won the Freight Transport Association’s Roadworthiness Award 2016.  Presented at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham on 27 April, it is in recognition of high standards of maintenance of vehicles and trailers, and controlling driver-related defects. [+]

Cranes lift Teesport potential

PD Ports has invested £3.2m has been invested in three 24.6m tall rubber tyre gantry cranes (RTGs) at Teesport. They join the four RTGs which have been operational since the expansion of Teesport Container Terminal 2 in 2011. The port operator has also placed an order worth more than with Liebherr ... [+]

Norwegian chooses UK handler

Low cost airline Norwegian has appointed dnata as its UK cargo handler at Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh. dnata will also manage Norwegian’s regional handling and trucking requirements throughout the UK. Norwegian has introduced five new short-haul routes from Gatwick, Manchester and Edinburgh and two new long-haul routes from Gatwick ... [+]

Forwarder invests in forties

  Munich-based forwarder Robert Kukla has acquired another 100 40’-pallet-wide containers able to transport 20% more euro pallets than conventional ISO containers. It says it will help to close a gap in the offerings of shipping companies and are specially suited to the European market. With an internal width of 2.43 ... [+]

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