January 2018

Infrastructure body launches freight study

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is calling for evidence for a new study into improving the UK’s freight networks. It follows the Chancellor’s call in the last for better freight connectivity and a reduction in the sector’s carbon footprint. NIC chair Sir John Armitt said: “The sector is a global success story and innovator in transporting goods by road, rail, sea and air, but it is not without impact. If we’re going ... [+]

Poetry in motion

Irish Ferries’ latest vessel was named WB Yeats when the completed hull was on 19 January at the Flensburger shipyard in Germany. The €150 million, 54,985 gross tonnes cruise ferry will arrive in Dublin next July when it will enter year-round service on Ireland – France and Dublin – Holyhead ... [+]

French security cash welcome

The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the plans for an additional £44.5 million to be spent on strengthening security at Calais and other French ports, announced by the UK and Frwench governments yesterday (18 January). The money will be used for fencing, CCTV and infrared detection technology in Calais and other ... [+]

Boris moots drive-through Channel crossing

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson suggested that ‘drive through’ road bridge could one day be built across the Channel at a summit between Prime Minister Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron yesterday (18 January). The foreign secretary has made similar suggestions in the past, so far without result. Plans for a combined bridge and ... [+]

Plaudit for Davies Turner portal

Davies Turner took the Customer Digital Experience Innovation’ title at the Innovation awards of its platform supplier, Outsystems. It was in recognition of the forwarder’s supply chain product, P2D – an online portal that enables customers to monitor and manage shipments at purchase order level. Davies Turner group chairman, Philip Stephenson, ... [+]

New DHL index takes the temperature of world trade

DHL has launched an early indicator for the current state and future development of global trade, in partnership with accounting firm Accenture. The DHL Global Trade Barometer is based on import and export data for a number of intermediate and early-cycle commodities that serve as the basis for further industrial production ... [+]

Emirates orders more A380s

Emirates airline has signed a US$ 16 billion deal for 20 more Airbus A380 aircraft, with options for a further 16. The super-large planes will be delivered from 2020 onwards and bring Emirates’ commitment to the A380 programme to 178 aircraft, worth over US$ 60 billion. The announcement came days after ... [+]

Hong Kong airfreight chief hands over

Chief executive of Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), Mark Whitehead, will retire on 7 March after nearly eight years, handing over to Wilson Kwong, who is currently the Chief Executive of Jardine Engineering Corporation. Under Whitehead’s leadership, Hactl continued its investment and modernisation programmesand now handles over 100 airlines ... [+]

Sales up, but more firms go bust, say analysts

Increased sales and a rise in companies active in the transport sector in the last quarter of 2017 was offset by a surge in company failures, according to analyst Creditsafe’s Quarterly Watchdog Report. Transport company failures were up 178.70% compared to the third quarter of 2017 and no less than 433% ... [+]

Samskip signs up Brazilian player

Samskip Logistics has signed a national representation agreement with freight forwarder DC Logistics Brasil to increase containerised business in South America. Samskip Logistics will operate throughout Brazil, with the DC Logistics Brasil office in Salvador integrating the existing local Samskip technical team, taking over all business previously undertaken by Samskip ... [+]

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