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 and from the UK decreased by 2.5% and there was a shift of cargo to Irish destinations. Total traffic was up ... [+]

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 ... [+]

Ferry agent bucks the trend in stagnant market…

Ferry booking agent Freightlink says that it has seen strong growth in 2019 despite downward market trends. In the year up to and including September 2019, overall volumes of accompanied and unaccompanied units using short-sea ferry routes to and from the south east Kent ports and ... [+]

…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 ... [+]

Simpex buys Dover customs agent

Express freight and fast van specialist Simpex Express has acquired Dover-based customs clearance specialist Samphire Cargo. Samphire has been Simpex’s customs agent for the past nine years. Simpex managing director Simon Beechener commented: “Samphire has supported our express activities outside of the EU which have grown ... [+]

Driverless trucks could lead to ferry market shift

Driverless lorries could lead to an upsurge in ‘accompanied’ traffic on ro ro shipping, according to a white paper by the British Ports Association in collaboration with consultancy MDS Transmodal. If the legal and technical challenges to autonomous trucks can be overcome, it could lead to ... [+]

Wales could be the loser under Brexit, says report

Freight between Ireland the ports in Wales could be badly hit by Brexit, says a new UK Trade Policy Observatory (UKTPO) published by the Welsh government. It says that trade barriers between the UK and the EU (notably Ireland) but less extensive border checks between Great ... [+]

Collett bullish in Bradford

Heavy transport Company Collett & Sons has bought 76,000sq ft of warehousing and office space at a new Bradford site. This new 2.32 acre location is less than two miles from Junction 26 of the M62 and three miles south of Bradford city centre and allows ... [+]

Europa appoints IT chief

Europa Worldwide Group has appointed Chris Mitchell as head of IT. He previously held a similar position at a major Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS) provider in the hospitality and retail sector. He will be responsible for Europa’s IT helpdesk and infrastructure teams and is ... [+]

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, ... [+]