September 2016

Pragmatic forwarders make light work of container weighing rules

With 1 October marking the end of the three-month settling-in period for the International Maritime Organisation’s container weighing rules, predictions that ports would be clogged by immobile boxes have proved unfounded, says the British International Freight Association. Director general Robert Keen said that some of the wilder predictions were similar to the ‘Millennium Bug’ fears of aircraft dropping out the sky and lights going off – which also provided to ... [+]

UK freight lacks academic expertise, says forwarder

Freight forwarding lacks academic support for its workforce compared with many other countries, says Runcorn-based forwarder Maltacourt in its contribution to the Parliamentary Review of the transport industry, for which it was selected as thought leaders for the industry. It says that as a growing and aspiring business, “we place a ... [+]

Cargolux accepts freighter no. 26

Cargolux Airlines took delivery of its 14th 747-8 freighter from Boeing at a ceremony in Seattle on 30 September. It brings the total Cargolux fleet to 26 747 freighters, the largest the company has ever operated. The new aircraft was named ‘Spirit of Schengen’, after the EU passport free travel ... [+]

All stations go for Liverpool fuel point

A partnership between Certas Energy and Peel Ports Group has gained planning permission for a new 24 hour truck fuel station at the Port of Liverpool. Ground works and construction will begin imminently. [+]

Government urged to make tracks for Felixstowe

Network constraints are suppressing demand for freight services, says pressure group Freight on Rail. Every rail slot which comes available out of Felixstowe port can be filled immediately, it says, pointing out that there are currently there are 23 daily rail services in and out of the port which are ... [+]

JF Hillebrand appoints area director

Drinks logistics provider, JF Hillebrand Group has appointed David Mawer as area director of its new UK, West and Central Europe region. It follows the regrouping of the UK, Ireland and Benelux and Germany and Central Europe areas into a single UK, West and Central Europe area. David Mawer was ... [+]

DHL lends a hand to Transaid

DHL Supply Chain is running a programme of activities to support Transaid for the next six months, starting with the two week secondment of senior driver trainer Chris Brook who has recently returned from the charity’s Professional Driver Training Programme in Malawi. DHL Supply Chain has worked closely with Transaid as ... [+]

UPS tests cargo drone

UPS has begun testing the use of drones for commercial deliveries to remote or difficult-to-access locations with manufacturer CyPhy Works. Testing began 22 September with a mock delivery of urgently needed medicine from Beverly, Massachusetts to Children’s Island, three miles off the Atlantic coast. The CyPhy drone used is a battery-powered ... [+]

BIFA extends awards deadline

The British International Freight Association has extended the deadline for its annual Freight Service Awards. The deadline for entry registration is now 30 September while written award entry submissions due by October 14th. The awards ceremony luncheon will take place on Thursday 19 January next year and will be hosted by ... [+]

Flying to the Canaries

CMA CGM short-sea subsidiaries Boluda Lines and OPDR say they are now offering the fastest transit times from Tilbury to Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and La Palma in the Canary Islands, following signing of a strategic alliance. They are two operating two sailings per week reaching Lanzarote in eight days and with ... [+]

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