Cargo figures continue to soar at Doncaster Sheffield Airport

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield has reported a 112% increase in the amount of cargo it transports – which is good news for the airport and the economy of the region, as it builds on its growing reputation.

The figures, which represent the number of consignments in and out of the airport, show a second successive year of growth.  The figures represent tonnage through the airport year on year for 2013 and 2014.

Eurotunnel orders new freight shuttles to meet growing demand

To enable it to reach a target of transporting two million trucks per year by 2020, Eurotunnel has announced the order of three new freight shuttles to add to the 15 in its existing fleet. The move is fuelled by the continuing expansion of the UK economy and increasing cross-Channel traffic flows.

These additions to the fleet will enable Eurotunnel to increase its capacity by 20% and to run up to eight departures per hour at peak, compared to the current six.  The €40 million order has been placed with WBN Waggonbrau Niesky GmbH.

New contract trebles aggregates work for GB Railfreight

GB Railfreight recently ran its first train for Aggregates Industries (AI), as part of a five-year deal to transport aggregates, such as sand and stone, from AI quarries to various depots and handling sites across the UK.

The new contract is a significant development for the freight operator in aggregates rail freight, as it almost trebles the work it is currently undertaking in the industry.  It is also testament to the operator’s desire to support the supply chain and promote the wider construction and building materials sector across the UK.

Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions lead air freight growth

Data released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) identifies that global air freight markets grew by 4.2% in freight tonne kilometres (FTK) during November 2014, compared to the same period in the previous year.

The figures also reveal that capacity increased by 3.3% over the previous November, while air freight demand expanded by 0.8% compared to October 2014.

Minister praises London Gateway during tour of flagship projects

Penny Mordaunt MP, the Minister for Thames Gateway, was able to see the major economic benefits that DP World London Gateway is bringing to the country and the region during a visit to key growth projects in South Essex.

London Gateway, the UK’s newest container terminal and logistics park, is creating thousands of jobs and its prime location enables shippers from across the UK to make substantial savings by reducing delivery times, haulage costs, fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

Port of Felixstowe welcomes world’s largest container ship

The 19,100 TEU CSCL Globe, the largest container ship to sail the world’s oceans, has made its maiden visit to the Port of Felixstowe, its first port of call in Europe.

The ship is operated by China Shipping Container Line on its AEX1 (Asia Europe Express) service and at 400 metres long she is the length of four football pitches and weighs as much as 14,500 London buses.  As well as Felixstowe, the vessel is calling at Rotterdam, Hamburg, Zeebrugge, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian and Port Kelang.

Record-breaking year for freight at Port of Dover

The Port of Dover is celebrating after recording its busiest ever year for freight – 2.42 million freight vehicles were handled in 2014.  That is a phenomenal growth story of 9.7% compared with the previous year and is 2.5% higher than the previous record of 2.36 million set in 2007.

UKWA names Peter Ward as new CEO

Following on from the news that Roger Williams, the longstanding CEO of United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA), is to hand over his current role in mid- January, the Association has named Peter Ward as his successor.

Peter has over 30 years’ experience in international transportation and logistics, and is recognised as a principal authority in global supply chain management, based on his achievements at director level with some of the world’s leading global logistics providers.

Commercial vehicle tyre market enters 2015 on a positive note

According to the UK managing director for Continental, David Smith, figures for new truck vehicle registrations have revealed that 2014 had been a ‘predictably slow year’ as the market continued to feel the effects of the introduction of Euro 6 legislation.

Plans lodged for giant warehouse at Manchester’s Airport City

Manchester Airports Group (MAG) and Birmingham-based logistics property specialist Stoford have lodged plans for a 260,000 sq ft logistics unit at the £800m Airport City development.

Stoford is working on behalf of an international investor to develop an 11-acre plot at Airport City South, creating a new world-class logistics hub adjacent to the airport’s existing cargo centre and junction 6 of the M56.