March 2018

The future of shipping: your views wanted

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling today has appointed a Maritime 2050 team to discuss new technology such as autonomous ships and digital ports. It will set out the challenges and opportunities to allow the Government and the UK shipping industry to plan for the long-term and give certainty to investors. A call for evidence, which closes on 16 May, highlights including technology, trade, infrastructure, environment, people, security and resilience. [+]

Geodis revamps online portal

Geodis has launched a redesigned online shipment management portal for its customers. The forwarder says it is more intuitive and completely secure and gives comprehensive access to information from order preparation, access to invoices, to temperature and CO2 emissions monitoring, regulated goods management, tracking of shipments and proof of delivery ... [+]

ICHCA sets up dangerous goods group

Cargo handling group ICHCA International is to set up working groups on Dangerous Goods, Digital & Innovation and Straddle Carrier Safety. The new groups will form part of the recently-renamed ICHCA Technical Panel (ITP), which next meets for on 18 April in The Hague, Netherlands. [+]

Orlando option for Belfast shippers

Virgin Atlantic Cargo has started a new weekly summer service from Belfast to Orlando, departing on Mondays. Exports from Northern Ireland are expected to include spare parts and machinery. The carrier already operates 17 flights from London Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow. [+]

Europa in the running to raise £16K

Europa says it is well on its way to raising £16,000 to fund a play area for children at Darent Valley Hospital close to its Dartford headquarters. Leeds branch manager Nathan Lynn (pictured left, with managing director, Andrew Baxter) and regional manager, Adrian Redmile (right) plan to tackle the Sheffield half-marathon ... [+]

New material ‘could slash airfreight costs’

German firm Trilatec has unveiled a new type of recycled timber for pallets that it says could be up to 80% lighter than conventional material. The squAIR-timber system can also be disposed of in paper recycling facilities. A metre of the material carries up to 5 tons evenly distributed, with ... [+]

Europa stalwart bows out after three decades

Europa Worldwide Group warehouse manager Roger Magee is retiring after 30 years’ service. He began his career at Europa’s former headquarters in Erith in 1988, where he worked his way up from warehouse operative to manager in just three years. He considered retiring four years ago when Europa moved to its ... [+]

Africa signs free trade pact

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was formally signed on 21 March by the African Union at its Assembly in Kigali. The move was welcomed by EU officials who described it as a concrete commitment to trade liberalisation.   [+]

More power for Eurotunnel

Eurotunnel has awarded GE Power’s Grid Solutions a contract to improve the power supply in the Channel Tunnel. The tunnel operator said it would increase the power and stability of its network at peak demand, when eight trains are running simultaneously. . [+]

EU approves Brexit talks guidelines – updated

The European Union approved its guidelines on trade and other issues for its negotiations with the UK about post-Brexit relations, widely regarded as a key step in the process, the BBC reports. The guidelines give chief negotiator Michel Barnier the mandate to talk directly to the UK. The plan is to ... [+]

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