December 2019

Felixstowe owner to buy APMT Rotterdam

APM Terminals has signed a letter of intent for the sale of APM Terminals Rotterdam to Felixstowe owner Hutchison Ports. Hutchison Ports owns the adjacent ECT Delta terminal  in Rotterdam. The sale is based on an agreement that, in the short term, APM Terminals Rotterdam will continue to exist as an independent organisation with a five-year volume guarantee from parent company, AP Moller-Maersk and no forced redundancies within four years.   [+]

Nightlight on the Tees

No, it’s not a horror movie - Teesside’s shipping community has donated a thermal imaging camera to the local lifeboat to help it increase the effectiveness of its search and rescue s. The camera was jointly purchased by PD Ports, the Tees and Hartlepool Port Users Association (THPUA) and the Institute ... [+]

Former ABP chief to chair GB railfreight

Former ABP chief executive James Cooper has been appointed chairman of GB Railfreight. In the past, he also held a leading role at Infracapital, which became the rail operator’s new owner in September 2019. [+]

Pall-Ex appoints MD and chairman

Pall-Ex has appointed former Palletways network development director, Barry Byers, as its UK managing director from March 2020, while former vice president of sales for DHL Martin Rantle has been named non-executive chairman, from January. Pall-Ex Group has completed the sale of its UK network to its membership and senior ... [+]

Don’t believe Boris’ trade promises, says Tudor Freight boss

Director of Leeds-based Tudor International Freight, Adam Johnson, is warning that any free trade agreement between Britain and the EU would not permit anything like the frictionless trade currently enjoyed. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had declared repeatedly his intention to replace Britain’s current membership of the EU single market and customs ... [+]

Cold chain freight set for shake up in 2020

Increased use of cell and gene therapy will add complexity to the distribution of temperature-controlled pharmceuticals in the coming year, predicts Kevin Lawler, vice president of worldwide sales at specialist packaging firm, Pelican BioThermal. These therapies are extremely sensitive to temperature fluctuation during transit and pharmaceutical manufacturers will demand increased confidence ... [+]

Felixstowe engineers to strike 27-28 December

Engineers at Felixstowe docks will take strike action on 27 and 28 December in a dispute over a possible transfer to an outside company, says the Unite trade union. Some 116 engineers, employed by the Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company, voted 98% in favour of strike action and unanimously for industrial ... [+]

Shipping lines set up green scheme

The global maritime industry has submitted a proposal to form the world’s first collaborative shipping research and development programme to help eliminate CO2 emissions from international shipping with core funding from shipping companies of about $5 billion over ten years. It aims to accelerate the development of commercially viable zero-carbon ... [+]

Port links under the microscope

The British Ports Association is hosting a Port Connectivity Summit this spring to focus attention on the how investment hinterland links can be prioritised. There will be speakers from across the port and shipping sectors and government. [+]

More ships for heavylift line

Project shipping line SAL Heavy Lift is adding three heavy lift vessels with 800t lifting capacity to its fleet in early 2020. They will be used on the carrier’s semi-liner service between Europe and the Far East, and the recently introduced Africa service, but will also potentially offer new service ... [+]

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