Stena welcomes Superfast X to Holyhead – Dublin route

Excitement was intense as Stena Line’s latest addition to its Irish Sea fleet arrived in Holyhead following its journey from Gdynia, where shipyard staff worked around the clock to prepare Stena Superfast X for its official launch.

The vessel’s award-winning sister ships – Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII – have successfully operated on the Cairnryan – Belfast route since their launch in 2011.

Pall-Ex looks to the future as it honours top member companies

Europe’s leading palletised freight distribution network, Pall-Ex has recognised the contributions of two of its depots with annual awards.

STD Development Services of Congleton scooped the Depot of the Year title, while Linkline Express Services of Birmingham received the Outstanding Contribution to the Network Award.

The two companies received their member-nominated awards during Pall-Ex’s annual national members’ meeting from group deputy chairman Adrian Russell, along with new group managing director Kevin Buchanan.

Tachodisc and RAC Business launch exciting new partnership

In advance of this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show (CV Show) a new mutually beneficial partnership will see Tachodisc promoting RAC’s range of truck services to its customers.

The idea for the agreement between the two major brands was sparked by a discussion at last year’s CV Show.

The partnership offers Tachodisc’s customers, both corporate and SME, the opportunity to access a range of pay-on-use and subscription-based truck breakdown packages.  Services on offer will start with RAC Truck Breakdown and then RAC Truck Insurance and RAC Truck Warranty.

Health & Safety Event to host UKWA sprinkler debate

As part of the Safer Logistics Seminars at the Health & Safety Event, the United Kingdom Warehousing Association’s new CEO Peter Ward, will lead a panel session aimed at raising the issue of sprinklers in warehousing space.

The debate will focus on proposals to lower the threshold for the compulsory installation of automatic sprinklers in warehouses, which will be a matter of particular concern to smaller warehouse operators across the UK.

RHA and FTA call for grants to address driver shortfall

Staff and members of the Road Haulage Association and Freight Transport recently attended a meeting at HM Treasury to press for new Government funding towards the cost of getting new truck drivers licensed and qualified to drive.

The eight-strong team of eight staff put their case to senior policy officials from the Treasury and the Department for Transport, ahead of George Osborne’s final budget before the general election.

Marianne Culver ready for TNT UK challenge

TNT UK has appointed Marianne Culver as its Managing Director with immediate effect.  She brings with her a reputation as an experienced leader in business turnaround and transformation.

As a senior international executive with significant P&L experience in the global distribution sector, Ms Culver has more than 25 years’ experience of driving profitable growth and business transformation.  She was previously Chief Global Supply Chain/Supplier Management at Premier Farnell.

FTA’s new chief executive to address Microlise Transport Conference

David Wells, who takes over the role of chief executive at the Freight Transport Association (FTA) when Theo de Pencier retires at the end of April, will speak on behalf of the Association at this year’s Microlise Transport Conference.

The essential message from the FTA at the event will be ‘Working together is the key to success when it comes to telematics’.  Mr Wells will focus on the issues that the logistics sector face on a day-to-day basis, and how collaboration is at the heart of industry success moving forward.

GB Railfreight claims top prize at UK Rail Industry Awards

GB Railfreight was named as Operator of the Year at the annual UK Rail Industry Awards 2015.  Run and organised by Rail Technology Magazine, the awards are open to anyone working or supplying the UK rail sector.

The choice of the 21-strong independent judging panel from across the industry, GB Railfreight beat off stiff competition from a trio of passenger rail operators to claim the award.

PM unveils Economic Plan for region at Port of Felixstowe

During a visit to the UK’s largest container port, David Cameron took the opportunity to launch an Economic Plan for the East of England.

Speaking to an audience that included many of the region’s business leaders, the Prime Minister said: “The extraordinary scale of the trade you are pioneering is not just fundamental to success in this region it’s fundamental to the success of the whole country.

Go ahead for Airport City Manchester’s ALPHA logistics development

Construction of a new 130,000 sq ft logistics facility at Airport City Manchester is expected to start within weeks, after the scheme received planning permission.  When it becomes operational in early 2016 the project is expected to create up to 125 jobs.

Known as ALPHA, the new £15 million hub will meet the growing demand for small to medium logistics units.  Being located alongside the airport’s existing cargo centre and Junction 6 of the M56 Motorway, it is ideally placed to serve the demands of fast paced logistics delivery.