Blue Belt ready for next phase

Several EU member states said they were ready to enshrine the Blue Belt short sea facilitation pilot project into permanent legislation at the Transport Council in Luxembourg in early June. A total of 255 ships took part in the pilot phase of the Blue Belt project, which aims to simplify administrative procedures, using the SafeSeaNet, Community system for exchanging maritime information to transmit information to customs authorities. Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said: ... [+]

Conveyor is Portbury’s longest-ever

Bristol's Royal handled its longest-ever ship when ACL's Atlantic Conveyor called on 15 May. She was diverted from her normal Liverpool call by lock outages. ACL managing director Ian Higby said: "Keeping to our schedule is a key part of our promise to our customers so we are very pleased ... [+]

EU may draw up port competition guidelines

EU Transport Commissioner  Siim Kallas says that he planned to draw up guidelines for the relations between port authorities and service providers, specifically where a port authority fulfills both roles and where state aid is involved. In a speech on 11 May in Sopot, Poland, at a conference on sea ports, Kallas ... [+]

Olympics boost for Thames freight

A trial batch of 20 20-ft boxes has been sent up the Thames to the Stratford Olympic site. Thursday 17 May saw the first trial delivery by water in conjunction with The Port of Tilbury and marine logistics experts, Bennett’s Barges. The containers and their contents were loaded on to ... [+]

Hull passes hurdle

Hull City Council’s Planning Committee gave its consent to the proposed Green Port Hull facility on 9 May. Associated British Ports and Siemens plan to build a  assembly plant at the site. Negotiations to secure and sign a commercial agreement between the two companies continue, and a deal is expected ... [+]

NY terminal deal

Global Container Terminals has unveiled final plans for a multi-million dollar expansion project to develop a 70-acre facility on the Bayonne, NJ, waterfront. When complete in 2014, Global Terminal at Port Jersey will be the most advanced marine terminal in the, it says. It is designed to handle the largest container ... [+]

First Tilbury strike for 23 years

Tilbury dockers are due to stage their first strike since 1989 on Monday 7 May in protest against new 'follow the ship’ contracts. This means that staff work when the ships are ready for unloading, and not to set shift patterns. The 45 employees of paper terminal, Enterprise Distribution Centre ... [+]

G6 to stay at six

The G6 Alliance of container lines has decided not to introduce a seventh loop between Asia and Europe. It was originally suggested as a possibility when the new alliance was set up in March but not initiated due to unsuitable market conditions at that time but the alliance has not ... [+]

Daily Maersk delivers

Maersk said on 25 April that its 'Daily' service from Asia to Europe had delivered average reliability of 97% in its first six months, and more recently reliability has exceeded 99%. The service had move over 93,500 containers from Asia to Europe. In the Yantian, China to Felixtowe corridor alone it had ... [+]

Make a date for Dublin

Shortsea 12, The European Shortsea Convention in Dublin , will take place on 24 May. Coastlink has entered into its first ever joint venture with the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) to organise a shortsea conference, although IMDO provided substantial assistance to Coastlink when it organised a conference in Dublin in ... [+]

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