Stena Line helps Tiger Roll return home after historic victory

Double Randox Grand National winner Tiger Roll returned home to Ireland with a little help from Stena Line last weekend.

Tiger Roll sailed from Holyhead to Dublin after creating history at Aintree by becoming the only horse since Red Rum in 1974 to win back-to-back Grand Nationals.

Road freight skills crisis: Have your say

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Road Freight and Logistics, Chaired by Sir Mike Penning MP, has launched a call for evidence into the skills shortage that is affecting the road freight industry. 

The scope of the inquiry will cover the role of government and operators in supporting recruitment and encouraging a diverse workforce for the road haulage industry. It will also seek to address issues around attractiveness of the industry with focus on quality of employment and facilities for drivers. 

EAV and DPD launch electric delivery quadracycle

A new British bike manufacturer, working with parcel delivery giant DPD, has launched eCargo, a 150kg-payload zero-emission quadbike designed to combat urban pollution and congestion.

Oxford-based Electric Assisted Vehicles Ltd (EAV), which launched as new company at the eBike summit in Oxford today, have assembled a team of engineers from the automotive, motorsports and aerospace industries to produce Project 1 (P1)  – a “culturally focused solution to sustainably disrupt the way products and services are moved”.  

Brexit on the brink

Logistics businesses should be ready to activate their no-deal Brexit plans for possible implementation this weekend, the Freight Transport Association is warning.

As the Prime Minister Theresa May heads to Brussels today (Wednesday) to ask EU leaders for a further extension to Article 50, the FTA is reminding logistics businesses that, at this stage, Friday is still the legal date for the UK to leave the European Union. 

London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone ‘punishing’ hauliers, says RHA

The Road Haulage Association says that the Mayor of London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone is punishing the very industry responsible for maintaining the economy of the nation’s capital.

The Central London ULEZ, which came into force today, is the centrepiece of a range of hard-hitting measures the Mayor has implemented to tackle London’s air quality. It will operate alongside and in the same area as the current Congestion Charge. 

No deal Brexit: Freight sector given more guidance on trade in endangered species

Defra has issued additional guidance on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) should the UK leave the EU without a deal.

The additional guidance was issued after members of the freight forwarder group British International Freight Association (BIFA) expressed concerns about how the movement of products covered by CITES, which are manufactured in the EU - using for example lizard, snake or crocodile skins - and currently freely imported into the UK, might be affected post-Brexit. 

Talent in Logistics 2019 Awards: Finalists announced

The shortlisted finalists for the 2019 Talent in Logistics Awards have been revealed. 

Talent in Logistics is dedicated to the recruitment, development, engagement and retention of the 2.2 million+ people working in the transport, logistics and warehousing sector. 

Maritime Intermodal launched at train naming ceremony

The long-term agreement between DB Cargo UK and Maritime Transport Ltd to increase rail freight capacity - Maritime Intermodal - has been officially launched at a celebration event in West Yorkshire.

The train naming event at the end of March marked the official signing of a 10-year deal between the two companies which took effect from 1 April 2019. Three locomotive services will run daily from Southampton to Intermodal Freight Terminals in Tamworth, Trafford Park and Wakefield, and one from Felixstowe to Wakefield.  

Air cargo records worst performance in three years

Global air freight demand fell by 4.7% in February, the fourth consecutive month of negative year-on-year growth and the worst performance in the last three years, according to the latest data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Freight capacity meanwhile, rose by 2.7% year-on-year in February 2019 – the twelfth month in a row that capacity growth outstripped demand growth.   

DSV and Panalpina agree merger deal

Following months of M&A speculation, DSV and Panalpina have agreed terms and conditions on a merger deal that will create one of the largest transport and logistics companies in the world.

The combined entity, to be known as DSV Panalpina, will have anticipated revenues of £13.5 billion once the merger is completed and a workforce of 60,000+ employees operating in 90 countries.