Green light for new £200 million London port

The Government has given the Port of Tilbury the go-ahead for Tilbury 2 – a new £200 million port terminal adjacent to the current 930-acre site in Thurrock, on the outskirts of Greater London. 

Forth Ports Groups, owner of the Port of Tilbury, received development consent from the Secretary of State for Transport for the scheme, which will be built on the 152-acre former Tilbury Power Station site. 

The future of UK aviation: Have your say

Freight forwarders are being encouraged to respond to the Government’s aviation policy consultation.

The British International Freight Association (BIFA), the trade association for UK freight forwarding and logistics companies, is urging its members to respond to the government’s aviation policy consultation.

As the UK prepares its long-term aviation policy running through 2050, the government is seeking industry input into developing its strategy. 

DP World acquires P&O Ferries

DP World has re-acquired P&O Ferries for £322 million from Dubai World, a decade after it sold the operaor to the emirate's state holding company.

DP World originally acquired P&O Ferries in 2006 but sold off some of its asets, including P&O Ferries to Dubai World, during the financial crisis.

No-deal Brexit: Paperwork required on EU imports to be suspended for six months

The Government has announced plans to temporarily suspend  the pre-arrival forms known as Entry Summary Declarations (ESDs) in the event of a no-deal Brexit. 

Currently ESDs are not required when importing goods from the EU and this will continue for a period of six months from 29 March, HMRC confirmed.

Financial Secretary to the Treasury Mel Stride MP said: “We’ve listened to businesses and are responding to their concerns.

“We have been adamant that in the event of no deal, trade must continue at our borders, and we will continue to make our borders secure.

New £5 million decom hub to be built at the Port of Dundee

Aberdeen-based metals recycling firm John Lawrie Group has reached an agreement with Forth Ports to establish a new base at the Port of Dundee.  

The multi-million pound deal will see an existing two-acre site at the city port redeveloped to create a new purpose-built concrete pad which will support the existing supply chain in Dundee in delivering oil and gas and decommissioning projects in the city.

Amber Road joins AFSS

The Association of Freight Software Suppliers (AFSS) has announced that US software supplier Amber Road has become its latest member. 

Foundeded in 1990, Amber Road provides cloud-based global trade management (GTM) software and trade content. The New Jersey-based company creates a digital model of the global supply chain which enables collaboration between buyers, sellers and logistics companies. 

FLTA appoints Tim Waples as new CEO

The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) has appointed Tim Waples, former head of Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK, as its new Chief Executive.

Waples begun his career as an apprentice and quickly rose through the ranks, working in both service and sales roles, ultimately becoming head of Doosan Industrial Vehicles UK - part of the $21bn global Doosan Corporation - where he prioritised engineer training and dealer development. 

High-tech crane helps Great Yarmouth hit new heights

The Port of Great Yarmouth has invested in a new, state-of-the-art Leibherr crane, increasing its capabilities to handle larger cargoes.

The Liebherr LHM280 crane has a 84 tonne lifting capacity which will allow the port’s owner, Peel Ports Group, to further utilise its 24-hour deep-water facility.

The crane is capable of turning over up to 35 cycles per hour, allowing for mobilisation and demobilisation processes to be shortened.

Logistics ‘superhub’ on the Thames moves a step closer

Thames Enterprise Park Ltd has announced a further £8.5m of investment to help transform the former Coryton Oil Refinery site into a new logistics 'superhub'. 

The investment is being used to fund land preparation work of 44 hectares of the 168 hectare site. 

The work is focused on the ‘West Site’ which previously formed part of the historic Shell Haven Oil Refinery and the associated Coryton Village, before its closure and demolition in the 1990s. The site is expected to be ready for development in 2020.  

No surprise for hauliers as Government cancels Seaborne Freight contract

The Government’s decision to cancel the controversial no-deal Brexit ferry contract to Seaborne Freight has come as no surprise to haulier groups.
The Road Haulage Association's Chief Executive Richard Burnett said: “When the contract was announced we said that three months to source the vessels, and recruit and train staff was tall order so this comes as no great surprise to us.”
The contract, worth £13.8m, has attracted widespread criticism because the firm had no ferries and no experience of running ferry operations.