January 2020

Maritime Minister takes a look at Tilbury

The Port of Tilbury welcomed Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani on 24 January  to see progress of the new Tilbury2 port which is due to start operations in April 2020. The Minister also learned about the port’s community outreach, employment and re-training programmes to support former armed forces personnel and their families get back to work, utilising the Tilbury on the Thames Trust's high-tech simulator suite. The Minister also met two female graduate ... [+]

Many questions remain as Brexit gets green light

With the Withdrawal Agreement receiving royal assent on 23 January, the Freight Transport Association warned that many questions still needed to be answered on the UK’s future relations with the European Union. Director of policy Elizabeth de Jong, said: ““While FTA is pleased to see the Withdrawal Agreement has received royal assent ... [+]

New man at the helm of Maersk UK

Maersk managing director for UK and Ireland Brian Godsafe (left) is to retire on 1 March and his place will be taken by Jeremy Haycock (right), currently area sales manager for the UK and Ireland. Brian Godsafe has been with Maersk and Safmarine since 1982and has held various positions before being ... [+]

Partners take the pain out of freight management

International shipping software specialist SmartFreight - part of the WiseTech Global group - has joined forces with automated business data solutions provider, Codeless Platforms, to provide an integrated freight management system. It allows customers to automate numerous business processes, including the transfer of information between the business’s two platforms via ... [+]

Agilty signs refugee aid deal

Freight forwarder Agility has signed a partnership with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced to deliver essential services to Malaysia’s 178,000 refugees, most of them Rohingyas from Myanmar. Announced at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting at Davos, the deal includes a $100,000 donation from Agility.   [+]

EU funds for green ship scheme

The ShipFC consortium has gained €10m from the EU’s Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020 to deliver world’s first high-power fuel-cell to be powered by green ammonia. The project is being run by a consortium of 14 European companies and institutions, co-ordinated by the Norwegian cluster organisation NCE Maritime CleanTech. ... [+]

Ro ro up as Zeebrugge sees cargo surge

Ro ro traffic at the port of Zeebrugge roses 3.7% in 2019 to nearly 16.5 million tonnes with growth to Ireland (+6.3%) and Spain (+153.1%), thanks the Santander connection by Cobelfret and the scaling-up of the Finnlines connection to Bilbao. Deepsea roro also increased by 13.9%. However ro ro traffic to ... [+]

New packing guide is required reading

With mandatory enforcement of the latest version of the IMDG Code, (Amendment 39-18) from 1 January insurers are urging the container shipping industry and shippers to give more attention to the causes and consequences of ship fires. They have issued a joint guide outlining the responsibilities of all stakeholders. ‘Book it ... [+]

EU parliamentarians draw up new drivers hours rules

A European Parliament committee has approved a deal to reform the road transport sector with revised rules for posting of drivers, drivers' rest times and better enforcement of cabotage rules. The agreement retains existing limits on cabotage of three operations within seven days, but in order to tackle fraud, vehicle tachographs ... [+]

Wallenius launches Southampton-South America service

Wallenius Wilhelsen has started a new monthly ro ro service from Europe to the west coast of South America. Load ports include Southampton and the service discharges in Callao in Peru, and the Chilean ports of Iquique and San Antonio. The service also calls at Santa Marta and Cartagena in ... [+]

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