August 2017

Iraq-Jordan border reopens

The Trebil land border between Iraq and Jordan has reopened, reports the International Road Transport Union (IRU). Closed in mid-2015 for security reasons, it is the closest border to Iraq’s Western and Central regions, says the IRU, which adds that Jordan is currently a member of the TIR transit system while Iraq is due to join soon. [+]

Panama Canal welcomes largest ship

CMA CGM’s Theodore Roosevelt became the largest ship ever use the Panama Canal in late August, on its way to New York to inaugurate the enlarged Bayonne Bridge on 7 September. The newly-built vessel has a 14,414teu capacity and is 12,028ft long. [+]

Cathay to launch Hong Kong Dublin flights

Cathay Pacific is to launch a new passenger route from its Hong Kong hub to Dublin from 25 March 2018, along with services to Brussels and Copenhagen. It will operate four days a week with an Airbus A350-900 aircraft. [+]

Ireland freight ‘heading for Brexit cliff edge’

The Freight Transport Association of Ireland (FTAI) has warned that the UK government’s lack of focus and lethargy in preparing its position Brexit could cause irreparable damage to Irish transport and logistics. With the latest round of negotiations between the UK and Brussels getting underway, FTAI general manager Aidan Flynn, ... [+]

Swansea port has wind in its sails

ABP Swansea is handling material for the Brechfa Forest Wind Farm project, A 28 turbine scheme being developed by Innogy in Carmarthenshire. Components for have already started arriving by sea in the port, which has extensive experience in handling project cargo and can accommodate vessels of up to 30,000 dwt. Between ... [+]

Partners hail blockchain success

Logistics technology company Marine Transport International (MTI) and Agility Sciences have released a white paper detailing the deployment of their Container Streams. The project connected supplier, shipper, load point, customs and terminal on a shared blockchain ledger, and has far reaching consequences for the logistics industry in improving security and ... [+]

DHL online truck marketplace launches in UK

DHL’s digital freight platform, Saloodo!, is now available in the UK, following its launch in Germany, offering domestic and international transport services. DHL has also added extra services to the platform, including quotes and invoicing in national currencies and local taxation. As well as credit card, PayPal and SEPA, payment against ... [+]

DHL to partner in truck platoon trials

The Transport Research Laboratory has been awarded a government contract to test truck platooning from next year, in partnership with DHL, Daf a technology firm Ricardo. The trials will use up to three lorries with only the lead vehicle being driven by a human driver, although drivers will still control ... [+]

Delamode to list on stock exchange

Essex-based East European forwarding and logistics specialist Delamode has been listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. Parent company Xpediator said it would use the proceeds for mergers and acquisitions and to accelerate organic growth plans. [+]

Minister hears Dundee plans

Scottish Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse visited Dundee port on 23 August to hear about the £10million investment programme to create a hub for future North Sea oil and gas and offshore wind projects. He was also briefed on the £10m quay extension which will feature the ... [+]

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