Felixstowe to boost DFDS capacity

The Port of Felixstowe and DFDS said on 21 January that they had agreed to increase ro ro capacity at the UK port by over 40% including a new linkspan, tractor units and 300 additional trailer parking. The port’s chief executive Clemence Cheng, said the investment was driven by long-term confidence in the ro/ro route between Felixstowe and Rotterdam and that there was increasing interest in ro ro and short sea ... [+]

Felixstowe rail upgrade on track

Network Rail says it is “a matter of months” from completing the Felixstowe capacity enhancement scheme. Engineers have installed 2,300 sleepers along with ballast, the stones that form the track bed, ready for the start of the installation of 1.4km track in the coming months. The work will allow up ... [+]

Indian subcont service swaps Felixstowe for London Gateway

MSC and its VSA partners in the IPAK service to and from the Indian subcontinent are to suspend the service’s Felixstowe call on and replace it with London Gateway from 9 September. It follows problems with a new IT system at the Suffolk port. [+]

Horse bridge for Felixstowe line

Network Rail has made a small but crucial breakthrough in its plan to increase capacity on the Felixstowe branch line – it has secured permission to build a new bridleway bridge across the line. As part of a £60.4m investment, Network Rail has already begun work to upgrade the branch line, building ... [+]

No end to Felixstowe misery, says BIFA

BIFA director general Robert Keen said on 8 August that members still face significant problems at the port of Felixstowe despite a statement by the owners that its recently introduced new terminal operating system is now ‘stable’. He said that shipping lines continue to cancel calls or operating a cut-and-run policy, ... [+]

Forwarders to bear brunt of Felixstowe IT chaos

BIFA has warned that freight forwarders that suffered operational problems and incurred additional costs as a result of the disruption at the port of Felixstowe due to problems with a new IT system were unlikely to receive any compensation from the port’s owners. Director general Robert Keen said: “Having had a ... [+]

Felixstowe hit by IT woes

Shipping lines and freight forwarders are reporting continued disruption at the Port of Felixstowe after teething problems hit a new terminal operating system. MSC said it was carrying out a diversion plan to minimise the impact on customers, while Cosco said it was divert vessels and cancelling calls in the Suffolk ... [+]

Chris Lewis is Mr Multimodal

Managing Director of DP World UK and Chief Executive Officer of London Gateway, Chris Lewis, was recognised as the Multimodal Personality of the Year at the FTA Multimodal Awards in Birmingham on 1 May. Lewis (pictured), who has worked in the container terminal industry for over 30 years, was recognised for ... [+]

Two more remote-control cranes for Felixstowe

The Port of Felixstowe has taken delivery of its first two remote control ship-to-shore gantry cranes. The two Chinese-built cranes, the 32nd and 33rd at the UK’s largest container port, can work vessels with containers stowed 11-high and 24-wide on deck. Instead of being in a cab 50 metres above ... [+]

Maersk cuts Asia port calls to boost reliability

Maersk Line has made changes to its Asia/Europe services which it ways will improve reliability and stability. Head of Europe trade Johan Sigsgaard said there would be longer buffers in schedules to deal with port congestion and weather conditions. “Forced port omissions disrupt cargo flows and impact our customers’ supply chains. ... [+]

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