…as Calais stays stable in a tough year

The Port of Boulogne Calais said it showed i resilience in a 2019 marked by Brexit uncertainty and industrial action by customs officers in the spring. Despite Brexit uncertainty and a customs officer strike in Spring traffic at Calais held up well at 1 813 067 units (down 4.6%), just 90 000 fewer HGVs thanin  2018 and retaining the port’s 46% market share.  The Channel market as a whole experienced an ... [+]

DP World takes a slice of Swissterminal

Dubai-based global port operator DP World is to take a 44% stake in Swissterminal, the leading container terminal operator in Switzerland, for an undisclosed sum. Founders the Mayer family will remain the majority shareholder. Swissterminal, headquartered in Frenkendorf near Basel, also operates terminals in Zurich-Niederglatt, ... [+]

Strikes and Brexit take their toll on tunnel freight

Eurotunnel freight traffic was down 7% in December 2019, at 121,939 vehicles, compared with the same month last year and 6% down for the year as a whole (1.6 million). Owner Getlink blamed the difficult economic and political context, including the French Customs officers’ strike, ... [+]

Maritime launches service to new East Midlands hub

Maritime Intermodal has launched a new five-day-a-week rail freight service between Felixstowe and the new East Midlands Gateway EMG). It has capacity for up to 70 containers, and is Maritime Intermodal’s seventh daily rail freight service, with further services expected to be announced in the coming ... [+]

We want more Turkey, says Ferrymasters

P&O Ferrymastershas announced plans to develop a comprehensive network across Turkey, in addition to its existing base in Istanbul, It will open offices in Izmir on the Aegean coast, the capital city Ankara, Mersin on the south coast, Bursa in the Marmara region and Gaziantep near ... [+]

Irish premier calls for Scotland-Ireland bridge study

Irish premier Leo Varadkar has called for an engineering assessment into whether a bridge between Northern Ireland and Scotland would be viable. The issue came up at a meeting between the Taoiseach and Boris Johnson who described it as a "very interesting idea". According to the ... [+]

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. [+]

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. https://preview.tinyurl.com/rc6fepj [+]

Stockpiling hits Tunnel freight

Eurotunnel's Le Shuttle Freight service carried 130,952 trucks in November, down 13% on November 2018, due to the after-effect of stock piling in October in anticipation of Brexit. Since the beginning of the year, almost 1.5 million trucks have crossed with Le Shuttle Freight, a ... [+]

Eddie Stobart rescue plan approved

Shareholders of troubled logistics operator Eddie Stobart have approved a plan by major shareholder, DBay Advisors, it to £55m through high-interest bonds. DBay will take control of the company, increasing its stake to 51%. Eddie Stobart chief executive Alex Laffey stood down in the summer ... [+]