September 2020

Containerships adds Poland shuttles

Containerships is expanding its service between Poland and the UK with dedicated shuttle services between Gdynia and Teesport and Gdynia and Tilbury, in addition to existing services. Port calls in the UK are on Tuesday and in Poland on Saturday. [+]

Hellmann appoints automotive head

Hellmann Worldwide has appointed Monika Thielemann-Hald as Global Head of Automotive Logistics, succeeding Martin Wehner, who becomes Chief Commercial Officer Europe. She spent almost 20 years at Schenker in various management positions in the automotive sector before moving to Panalpina in 2014, where she established the Automotive Logistics Solutions division ... [+]

Seaborne Freight is no more

Seaborne Freight, the ‘ferryless ferry company’ that won a £13.8million government contract in 2018 to run extra Channel crossings in the run-up to Brexit despite having no vessels, has appointed a voluntary liquidator and will go out of business, owing almost £2 million, reports the Isle of Thanet News. Despite ... [+]

Strike shuts Calais – long delays in Kent

Freight operators are reporting long delays on roads leading to Dover after the port of Calais was by a 24-hour strike  by French unions. Services have been suspended and operators are diverting to alternative ports with the port of Dover remaining operational. Woodland Group says that  there are delays on the ... [+]

WEC Lines adds Bilbao-UK east coast link

Shortsea and intermodal operator WEC Lines is to launch a new weekly service linking Bilbao and north-central Spain with Thamesport, Immingham, Teesport and Blyth. A regular ship shuttle service operated by the MV Freya departs Bilbao on Wednesdays at 17.00 with arrival into the four UK ports, with transhipment at ... [+]

Railway man joins Forth Ports

Forth Ports has appointed Ian Wilson as intermodal and logistics development manager to focus on the rail offering in Tilbury and Grangemouth. He previously worked for Eddie Stobart for 20 years in a number of roles, latterly as business development manager in the rail freight division. Forth Ports chief operating officer ... [+]

Turkish Cargo ushers in the age of the robots

Turkish Cargo has integrated robotic process automation into its business processes to minimise error and reduce costs while improving employee productivity and speed of operation. The system will initially be used to control spot rate approvals, mail rates, and cargo booking. It will also check that the different ‘robots’ are working ... [+]

Thames freeports ‘must put people first’

The Thames Estuary Growth Board says that the needs of residents should be put first in its guiding principles for freeport proposals in the region, published on 24 September.Freeports have different customs rules to the rest of the country and offer wider benefits for businesses such as planning reforms, funding ... [+]

Geodis confirms Shanghai freighter flights

Geodis has confirmed a schedule of return flights between China and Europe and back, through to early 2021, as part of its own controlled AirDirect service. The forwarder originally instigated full aircraft charter arrangements on this route in March with ad hoc flights and introduced a weekly timetable in June ... [+]

Schiphol community sets up vaccine taskforce

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s Pharma Cargo Community has set up a readiness group to ensure the temperature-controlled supply chain is ready for the safe and efficient transportation of Covid vaccines. A taskforce led by Air Cargo Netherlands (ACN), Schiphol Cargo and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, including shippers, pharma producers, forwarders, airlines, ... [+]

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