Plans submitted for logistics 'superhub'

Plans have been lodged for a 5 million sq ft logistics 'superhub' at the former Coryton oil refinery in the Thames Estuary.
 
If plannners at Thurrock Council give the green light Thames Enterprise Park, a JV between Greenergy and iSec, is set to be one of the largest regeneration projects in northern Europe and could create up to 4,500 new jobs, including skilled engineering and apprenticeship opportunities. 
 
The multimodal site is located adjacent to London Gateway Port and benefits from direct access to the river, a rail freight

Air freight growth continues modest upward trend

Air freight growth continued on a modest upward trend in August, according to the latest data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
 
Demand rose 2.3% in August 2018, compared to the same period the year before while the pace of growth was unchanged from the previous month but was less than half
the five-year average growth rate of 5.1%.
 
Freight capacity, meanwhile, grew by 4.5% year-on-year in August.

Severn tolls to be scrapped before Christmas

Tolls on the Severn Crossings will be abolished on Monday 17 December, the Government has announced.
 
HGVs currently pay £16.70 to cross the River Severn from England into Wales.
 
The Government said the move will give an estimated £100m annual boost to the Welsh economy. 
 
Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: “It has long been my ambition to see the tolls abolished, doing away with a barrier that has hindered Wales’ economic prosperity for more than half a century.
 
“Tod

Fuel duty to be frozen for ninth year in a row

The freight transport sector will breathe a collective sigh of relief today as Theresa May is expected to announce that fuel duty will be frozen for the ninth year in a row.
 
In her closing speech the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, the Prime Minster is expected to say: "Some have wondered if there would be a thaw in our fuel duty freeze this year.

Hauliers urged to complete Driver CPC training as deadline looms

Time is running out for hauliers to make sure their drivers have completed their periodic Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) with less than 12 months until the second phase deadline on September 9 2019. 
 
HGV drivers are legally required to complete 35 hours training over a five-year period to remain legally compliant.

Fuel suppliers must change supply models to survive

Physical fuel suppliers need to fundamentally transform the traditional models of supply in order to survive, a leading maritime consultancy is warning.
 
Adrian Tolson (pictured), a senior partner at consultants 20|20 Marine Energy, said fuel suppliers need to transform their business models in line with future marine energy requirements, the convergence of shipping’s sulphur and GHG emissions challenges, and advancements in technology.
 
Tolson said: “Physical suppliers need to break out from the traditional model of solely delivering hu

Maersk introduces new guidelines on stowing dangerous goods

Maersk has issued new guidelines on dangerous goods stowage following a review of regulations and practices in the wake of the fire aboard Maersk Honam earlier this year, where five crew members lost their lives.
 
The company said it has now evaluated more than 3,000 hazardous materials in order to further understand and improve dangerous cargo stowage and has developed a new set of principles called Risk Based Dangerous Goods Stowage (RDBGS) which have been presented to the International Maritime Organization as well as the Danish Maritime Authorities.

Hauliers urge Chancellor to cut fuel duty by 15p a litre

The Road Haulage Association is calling on the Chancellor Philip Hammond to cut fuel duty by 15p a litre in the upcoming Budget on 29 October.
 
Launching its Budget submission, the RHA said an ‘essential user rebate’ of 15 pence per litre would make UK businesses more competitive. 
 
RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett said the reduction would ease inflationary pressure, and points to research which demonstrates that a cut in duty would lead to more growth and create jobs. 
 
He said: “A rebate for hauli

Traders: Prepare for no-deal now

A logistics industry expert has set out urgent practical steps businesses trading with the EU should take to minimise problems they could face after a no-deal Brexit.
 
David Johnson (pictured above), managing director of Leeds-based Tudor International Freight, said with less than 200 days until the UK leaves the EU, affected importers and exporters broadly needed to bring their processes and documentation for trading with the bloc into line with those applying to nations elsewhere now.
 
He said: “The possibility of no withdrawal agreeme

New immigration rules will increase shift to “less regulated” commercial vans, RHA warns

 
The Road Haulage Association has warned that the Cabinet’s proposal to impose new immigration rules on EU nationals would hit the haulage sector hard, forcing suppliers to use “less regulated” commercial vans.
 
RHA said adopting the skills-based system recommended by the Migration Advisory Committee would fail to meet the needs of UK businesses after Brexit.
 
RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett said it’s another bitter blow for the sector and points to the Government’s continuing failure to address the skills shortage.