DFDS places order for new freight ferry

Danish shipping and logistics group DFDS has ordered an additional freight ferry (ro-ro) from the Chinese Jinling Shipyard.
The new ferry is similar to five previously ordered freight ferries and designed to carry 6,700 lane metres of freight equivalent to around 450 trailers.
DFDS said the new ferries will help increase its operational efficiency in the route networks in northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

HMRC begins launch of new Customs Declaration Service

The government has announced it has successfully implemented the first software release for its new Customs Declaration Service (CDS).
The new CDS will replace the existing Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system over three phases between August 2018 and early 2019.

Dara O'Briain to host 2018 FTA Logistics Awards

Dara O'Briain, one of the best-known faces on British and Irish TV, is set to host the 2018 FTA Logistics Awards.
The host of tv shows including Mock the Week, Star Gazing Live and Robot Wars, O'Briain will be bringing his unique sense of humour to the evening for an exclusive performance, as well as presenting the 2018 awards.  
The awards, which will be held at London's Royal Lancaster Hotel on 13 December 2018, celebrate the companies and individuals which have demonstrated industry leadership and excelle

Leeds City Council's clear air plans lack credibility, RHA claims

Leeds City Council’s clean air plans lack credibility, the Road Haulage Association has claimed.
RHA's Chief Executive Richard Burnett said the council has used inaccurate and out-of-date information in its air quality consultation.

Portsmouth opens new £9 million ferry 'drawbridge'

Portsmouth International Port's new £9m linkspan has been officially opened by Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani MP.
The linkspan, which acts as a drawbridge to get cars and lorries on and off ferries, will help the port manage the 900,000 vehicle movements that travel through it each year.
The new infrastructure is part of a £20 million investment programme at the second-largest cross-channel port in the UK.
Shipping Minister, Nusrat Ghani, said:  "The new linkspan represents a significant investment in Po

Maersk and IBM’s blockchain shipping solution set to become fully operational by year end

A blockchain-enabled shipping solution jointly developed by Maersk and IBM is set to become fully commercially available by the end of this year.
More than 90 organisations are now actively involved or have agreed to participate on the TradeLens platform, including PSA Singapore, International Container Terminal Services Inc, Patrick Terminals, Modern Terminals in Hong Kong, Port of Halifax, Port of Rotterdam, Port of Bilbao, PortConnect, PortBase, and terminal operators Holt Logistics at the Port of Philadelphia, 
Pacific Interna

Transport operators: Have your say on pothole ‘plague’

The Transport Select Committee has launched a new inquiry into the state of England’s local road network and the Road Haulage Association is urging transport operators to respond.
Chair of the Transport Select Committee, Lilian Greenwood MP, said: "Local roads are the arteries of prosperous and vibrant towns and cities. They are critical to the movement of goods as well as our own journeys.
"This plague of potholes represents a major headache for all of us.

No-deal Brexit will be 'catastrophic' for logistics businesses trading with EU, FTA warns

The government’s Brexit negotiators need to prioritise the negotiation of aviation and road access agreements with the EU if traffic and trade between the UK and the Continent is to keep moving after Brexit, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has warned.  
James Hookham, Deputy Chief Executive of FTA, which represents more than 17,000 UK logistics businesses. said: "Leaving the Single Market means an end to the automatic rights for trucks to drive and planes to fly between the UK and the EU27 countries.

Slot restrictions impact freight traffic volumes at Schiphol

Schiphol Cargo has reported a 2.3 per cent volume increase in belly cargo figures but ongoing restrictions on slot availability has hit overall freight volumes.
Schiphol’s mid-year figures show overall freighter volume decreased by 2.7 per cent to 843,832 tonnes, compared with 2017, which is due to a 9.4 per cent decrease in full freighter air transport movements (ATMs) and the ongoing restrictions on slot availability.
“The mid-year figures reflect our expectations for a decrease in overall freighter ATMs as we continue to face capaci

European truck manufacturers' cartel: RHA claim could top £5 billion

The Road Haulage Association has submitted its application to the Competition Appeal Tribunal in respect of the claim against the European truck manufacturers, found to be colluding in a price fixing cartel between 1997 and 2011.
If successful with the claim, RHA said UK transport operators could be in for a possible windfall of more than £6,000 for every 6-tonne and above vehicle  they bought or leased between 1997 and 2011.