In political terms, the next few months should be very interesting as we edge towards the General Election in May. The leading political parties are already manoeuvring into position for what is predicted to be a hard-fought and bitter battle. Whatever the colour (or colours) of the next government it will need to work with the logistics sector to realise measures that will benefit not just this sector but UK PLC as well.
Welcome to the 2015 edition of Marine and Ports.
The importance of the global maritime sector is reflected in the fact that more than 80% of world trade is transported by the international shipping industry. To meet increased demand, ports across all continents have invested to upgrade and expand their facilities, while shippers continue to enhance their fleet to increase capacity and deliver efficiency.
Lorry drivers should now have completed their first block of DCPC periodic training – yes, the deadline was 10 September. For those who are still not compliant the message is simple – that they, and the operators they work for, are in danger of action being taken against them if they continue to drive.
Initially, many viewed periodic training as an unnecessary burden but over time drivers and operators have come to recognise the benefits of keeping skills up to date. Going forward, progressive logistics companies see it as an integral part of running a safe and efficient business.
This summer will stay in the memory of two of Freight Industry Times’ regular contributors – Geoff Dunning of the Road Haulage Association and Lesley Batchelor of the Institute of Export – for some time to come.