Are you ready for Woolly Hat Day?

A host of celebrities are supporting The Mission to Seafarers’ Woolly Hat Day campaign, which provides day and night support for seafarers and their families in need of help.

This Friday (Friday 24th October) marks the grand finale of The Mission to Seafarers’ vibrant Woolly Hat Day (WHD) campaign for 2014, which has seen Mission supporters putting on their woolly hats to celebrate seafaring life and raise money for merchant crews in need across the world.

New Chairman and Deputy take the helm at Port of Tyne

Hilary Florek has been named as Chairman of the Board of the Port of Tyne, with Dr Jon Hargreaves CBE as Deputy Chairman.  The appointments follow the death of the former Chairman, Sir Les Elton, in July.

Port of Tyne is increasingly recognised as the UK's fastest growing major deep-sea port.  During the past ten years more than £120 million has been invested to create the infrastructure to deliver continued growth of the port's diverse businesses. In 2013, the Port of Tyne added £507 million to the economy of the North East region.

Driver CPC: Skills for Logistics sets the Standard

In response to a need voiced by employers and providers to showcase excellent training provision, Skills for Logistics has launched the Standard of Excellence Driver CPC.

The Standard of Excellence Driver CPC has been developed following extensive consultation with key logistics employers. They identified five key metrics based on high quality training and business benefit, which the Standard should include: trainer quality; course preparation and delivery; learning resources and environment; pre-and post-training delivery and a commitment to excellence.

Local MP opens West Country’s first bio-gas filling station

Bridgwater and West Somerset MP, Ian Liddell-Grainger, has formally opened the region’s first bio-gas filling station, which will supply low emission road transport fuel and support the growing battle to reduce pollution and improve air quality.

The new open-access filling station, which heralds a new era of low emission fuel, is located at Bridgwater, Junction 24 on the M5.  It is part of a national network of bio-gas stations being developed by leading supplier Gasrec.

BITA welcomes leap in forklift truck sales

The second quarter of 2014 has seen an 18% quarter-on-quarter rise in forklift trucks sales, with 7,851 sales recorded in the three month period compared to 6,615 for the same quarter of 2013 – a total increase in sales of 1,236 trucks.

Shell steps up the battle against fuel card fraud

By introducing Real Time Detection technology, which can detect criminal behaviour in seconds, Shell has significantly enhanced the fraud detection capabilities of its euroShell Card.

Founded on the same system that banks use to detect credit card fraud, Real Time Detection technology can filter up to 260 million Shell fuel card transactions every year based on specific payment parameters.  It can then use the information to flag suspicious activity in real time.

New Class 66 locomotives signal further growth for GB Railfreight

The arrival of the first batch of its new Class 66 locomotives from the USA has been heralded by GB Railfreight.  They represent the first batch of an order of 21 Class 66s from Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) and are part of the company’s largest ever investment in new locomotives.

The locomotives started their journey at EMD’s manufacturing facility in Muncie, Indiana, where they were assembled before being shipped to the Port of Newport in South Wales.  The next two batches will be arriving on UK shores over the next six months.

Yorkshire gears up for the Tour de France

This year’s Tour de France gets underway in Leeds on Saturday (yes, Yorkshire beat off all challengers) before heading to Harrogate, York and Sheffield over the weekend – taking in well-known locations such as Harewood House, Haworth and Holmfirth along the way.  Then on Monday the race starts again in Cambridge and finishes in central London.

As with all major sporting occasion, motorists can expect road closures and serious delays in cities towns, and villages, with tens of thousands of spectators expected to line the routes.

Eurotunnel to appeal CMA decision to ban MyFerryLink from Dover

The confirmation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to uphold its decision made last year to ban the MyFerryLink ferries, Berlioz and Rodin, from the port of Dover for ten years, has brought a strong reaction from Eurotunnel.

CMA’s ruling is based, in part, on its view that current competition on the cross-Channel route is unsustainable and that the best option for freight customers would be Eurotunnel’s rail link and two other independent ferry operators.