Port of Grangemouth announces major investment programme

Scotland’s largest container port, Grangemouth, has announced a multi-million pound investment programme including container terminal surfacing upgrades, new terminal operating system, warehouse development and a ship-to-shore crane investment.
Resurfacing development is under construction which will further increase the capacity of the container terminal by around 1,000 TEUs.

P&O Ferries set to increase capacity by a quarter at Teesport

P&O Ferries plans to lift capacity on its Zeebrugge-Teesport route by almost 25 per cent in the next couple of weeks in order to create a gateway to Scotland via the north-eastern port.
P&O Ferries' plans to increase the capacity of its ships follows the introduction of a new rail service to Mossend in Scotland by PD Ports.

Finalists announced in Talent in Logistics 2018 Awards

The shortlisted finalists for the Talent in Logistics Awards 2018, the only event dedicated to recognising and rewarding professionals at every level of learning and development in the transport and logistics industries, have been announced.

‘No deal’ Brexit could bring Ireland's supply chain to a halt, warns FTAI

FTA Ireland (FTAI), one of the country's leading trade associations for logistics sector, is pressing negotiators to consider the impact of a potential "no deal" result for the ongoing Brexit negotiations, saying the outcome could bring Ireland's supply chain to a halt and cripple businesses across the country.
FTAI's General Manager, Aidan Flynn, said: "The Brexit clock is ticking and with just 11 months to Brexit day, 29 March 2019, time is running out if the administrative burdens of new trading arrangements are to be smoothed over.  What and how the pro

First BioLPG shipment arrives at Port of Immingham

Energy firm Calor has become the first company to supply BioLPG to the UK’s transport and logistics market, with the first shipment now having arrived into the Port of Immingham.
LPG, typically used to fuel forklift truck (FLT) fleets and HGVs as part of dual fuel technology, is already a flexible, low-carbon fuel compared to other fossil fuels.

Britain's best truck drivers revealed

Nine of the best truck drivers in the UK have been have been named following the publication of the shortlist for the Microlise Driver of the Year Awards.
The Microlise Driver of the Year Awards began with 180,000 drivers who were automatically entered into the competition.

Are you up for the PEMA Student Challenge?

University students in the ports and terminals sector are being urged to enter the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association’s Student Challenge 2018 for a chance to win €1,000.
The PEMA Student Challenge is the only competition of its kind within the ports and terminals industry and is open to university students across the globe.

Relaxation of driver licensing for alternatively-fuelled vans

Licence regulations are to be relaxed for drivers of some alternatively-fuelled vans, the government has announced. Currently, drivers with category B (car) licences are permitted to drive vans which weigh up to 3.5 tonnes. However, electric and hybrid vans of a comparable size must carry a large battery pack, making them slightly heavier.  The government said it would seek agreement from the EU for drivers with category B licences to be permitted to drive alternatively-fuelled vans weighing up to 4.25 tonnes.

Lane rental revenues must be reinvested in road network, says FTA and RHA

Two of the biggest trade associations in the freight sector, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and Freight Transport Association (FTA), have said the government should plough revenues generated from a planned lane rental scheme back into maintaining the road network.
The government has announced plans to roll-out the lane rental scheme on UK roads in late 2019 after recent trails in the south-east led to a significant drop in congestion.

Red Funnel order £10 million freight ferry from Cammell Laird

Isle of Wight ferry operator Red Funnel has placed a £10 million order for a new ro-ro freight ferry from UK shipbuilder Cammell Laird.
The new ship will to provide additional year-round freight capacity for Red Funnel’s Southampton-East Cowes route which currently handles 53% of all freight movements across the Solent.
At 74m in length, the new ship will provide 265 lane metres of roll-on/roll-off freight capacity and will carry up to 12 passengers.
The crossing time of 55-60 minutes will be identical to Red