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.

Government assesses impact of emissions from brakes, tyres and road wear

The Government has launched a call for evidence on the impact of emissions from brakes, tyres and road wear.
 
The call for evidence, which was first announced in its Clean Air Strategy, will look at ways to address the impact tyres and brakes have on air quality and the environment.
 
Brakes and tyres produce tiny pieces of particulate matter – for example dust and soot – that comes from general wear and tear which can be depo

Driver satisfaction rates with motorway services masks commercial drivers’ concerns - FTA

Research published earlier this week into the UK motorway services network showing high satisfaction rates hides the concerns of commercial drivers, the Freight Transport Association has suggested.
 
According to the transport watchdog Transport Focus, following investment by the motorway service area operators, many of the facilities they offer to the consumer has achieved 95% satisfaction overall.

Permit legislation won’t save hauliers after a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, warns RHA

Contingency legislation for UK lorries to continue operating abroad won’t save hauliers from going bust if there’s a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, the Road Haulage Association has warned.

The Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Act, which received Royal Assent earlier this month, has established the legal framework for the regulation and enforcement of existing permit arrangements with EU countries after the UK leaves the EU – and is based on the UK’s existing permit arrangements with non-EU countries. 

Talent in Logistics confirms 2019 Steering Committee

Following on from its successful 2018 Conference and Awards, Talent in Logistics has announced that a Steering Group of leading industry experts will help drive the event forward for 2019.
 
Talent in Logistics 2019 will held on 27th June at Arena MK in Milton Keynes and will again incorporate a Conference and Awards event dedicated to skills and development in the warehousing, logistics and transport sectors.
 
The Steering Committee will work alongside the event organisers to help ensure that the interests of the industry are represented