February 2017

Mega-Multimodal to explore mega-ships

The impact of mega-ships and alliances on shippers, new regulations affecting container packing, and opportunities created by free trade zones will all be explored during this year’s Multimodal. With the container industry building bigger ships to cut costs, and unparalleled consolidation within the industry through mergers and acquisitions, the shipping landscape is undergoing a period of change. Secretary genera of the Global Shippers’ Forum, and director of global and European policy at ... [+]

Virgin adds Seattle and extends US offering

Virgin Atlantic Cargo is launching a new daily service from London Heathrow to Seattle and is adding extra flights from Manchester to the US. Seattle joins the airline’s network on 26 March and, says senior vice president, cargo, John Lloyd, is in the top 15 US import/export markets with the ... [+]

Lufthansa ticks all the green boxes for DHL

Lufthansa Cargo has been named a Preferred Carrier by DHL Global Forwarding and was the only airline to score full points in all four of its GoGreen categories. It was rated according to CO2 emissions; its commitment to harmonising CO2 calculation and reporting and to other environmental projects; the level ... [+]

Workers protest against ‘IKEA exploitation’

Transport trade unions staged demonstrations in Germany and Sweden during February highlighting the plight of drivers working for subcontractors to IKEA. The said that they were working on the road for weeks and months on end, earning inferior wages, living in their trucks and subject to the abuse of social, ... [+]

New UK sales manager for Transmec

Transmec Group has appointed Phil Thomas as UK sales manager. He was previously sales manager at the company’s Redditch depot, and will now take on added responsibility for thes Bradford and West Thurrock branches. UK general manager, John Simkins, said the new appointment would help Transmec “take advantage of significant opportunities ... [+]

Rhenus sees opportunities offshore

Rhenus Offshore Logistics is starting operation of two new offshore supply bases at the ports of Great Yarmouth and Aberdeen through its recently opened UK office. After successfully supplying around 90% of all German wind farms since 2014, Rhenus Offshore Logistics entered the UK market in 2016 by opening its own ... [+]

Online marketplace to shed light on opaque freight pricing

The Freightos internet marketplace has launched the beta version of its international index which, it says will bring transpaerency to what has until now been an opaque market. The Freightos International Freight Index (FIFI) aggregates live freight rates from hundreds of carriers, forwarders, and shippers, allowing shippers to make better-informed ... [+]

Stena Holyhead to host electricty from waves scheme

Ferry companies often move oversize shipments for major projects, but UK and European ro ro operator Stena Line has taken the process a stage further by providing the infrastructure for a major scheme. It has entered a joint venture with Swedish-based Minesto to build an assembly hall in Wales, which Minesto ... [+]

EU pays the ferrymen – not enough

The new chief executive of the Interferry trade association, Mike Corrigan, called for more European Union involvement and investment in the ferry sector at European Shipping Week in Brussels on 27 February. He asked why only 3% of total European transport funding is devoted to ferries despite the sector’s major ... [+]

Arrests made in Heathrow drugs bust

Two men have been arrested following a National Crime Agency raid on a freight warehouse near Heathrow Airport, which followed the discovery of three kilos of cocaine discovered in air freight at Gatwick. The 45-year-old from Hayes and a 32-year-old from Southall were detained at the warehouse in Hounslow in the ... [+]

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