London Gateway is New Port of Call for International Shipping Services connecting with UK

DP WORLD today announces that London Gateway, Britain’s fastest growing container terminal, is now the UK port of call for two new major international shipping services, connecting the economies of Western Europe with the Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa and Russia.

DP World – the leading provider of smart logistics solutions – has created an integrated business in the UK comprising two deep water ports with freight rail terminals at London Gateway and Southampton, meaning greater flexibility and choice for shipping lines and cargo owners. Read more from Forwarder Magazine article >

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First of new class of green HMM mega-ships arrives at DP World Southampton

The first in a new generation of HMM ships which are among the most environmentally friendly ever built has arrived at DP World’s container terminal at Southampton this week.

HMM Nuri is the first of eight 16,000 TEU class mega-ships to be deployed on the Asia and North Europe tradelane with leading edge technology to improve environmental performance. Read more from UK Haulier article >

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GVN calls for biomethane focus in upcoming RTFO reforms

Gas Vehicle NetworkThe Gas Vehicle Network (GVN) is calling for gaseous biofuels (such as biomethane and BioLPG) as low carbon, renewable transport fuels to be central to the Department for Transport’s, DfT’s, anticipated reforms to its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) policy.

When used in HGVs, biomethane, derived from organic wastes such as food waste and sewage sludge, can typically deliver Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reductions of over 85% compared to diesel and can offer more than 100% GHG savings when the biomethane has been produced from manure. Read more from UK Haulier >

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Helping fleet operators transition to full electric trucks in urban areas

Trucks are responsible for a disproportionate amount of greenhouse gases on the EU’s roads. In a study by Transport & Environment, trucks were found to have generated 22% of road transport CO2 emissions yet only accounted for less than 2% of the overall traffic on Europe’s roads.

Countering this imbalance, the EU’s first-ever emissions performance standards for trucks have called for a 15% reduction in CO2 by 2025, and a 30% reduction by 2030** to reduce the dependency on fossil-fuelled transport. Read more from the UK Haulier article >

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Related article: Transport & Environment’s Roadmap to Electric Truck Charging >

Suez Canal reopens as the Ever Given Ship is finally freed by salvage crews

The stranded container ship is seen finally on the move and no longer blocking the canal.

Traffic has resumed in Egypt’s Suez Canal after a stranded container ship blocking it for nearly a week was finally freed by salvage crews.

Tug boats honked their horns in celebration as the 400m-long (1,300ft) Ever Given was dislodged on Monday with the help of dredgers.

Hundreds of ships are waiting to pass through the canal which links the Mediterranean to the Red Sea.

Read more from the BBC >

Suez Canal blocked for the fourth day in a row

The huge 400m-long ship called Ever Given, operated by a Taiwanese company called Evergreen Marine is one of the largest container vessels in the world. Weighing in at 200,000 tonnes it has a maximum capacity of 20,000 containers.

A gust of wind blew the ship off course on Tuesday, causing it to run aground, blocking one of the key waterways in the world, and affecting many other ships.

Blocking one of the world’s busiest trade routes, work is underway to clear the blockage which has created a massive tailback of other ships – more than 160 vessels – which are trying to pass through the canal.

The Suez Canal has long been an important trade route which separates Africa from the Middle East and Asia. As long as it continues the blockage is holding up billions of pounds worth of goods per day.

There is now an effort to refloat the wedged container ship. Read more from the BBC >

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How are freight exports to the EU doing compared to last year?

“The latest available data shows that overall freight volumes are back to their normal levels,” a government spokesman said.

Stenn launches $500 million Covid-19 Recovery ProgramAt the start of the year trade was down sharply, but it is improving. The Cabinet Office says “the outbound flow of lorries across the Short Straits in January was 67% of 2020 levels, and in the first half of February it was 85% of 2020 levels.”

Trade was clearly down in January, but things are getting better as many businesses adjust to the new red tape and costs for trading with Europe.

Covid restrictions have played a big part in the slow start to the trading year as well. There was also significant stockpiling in December, as businesses prepared for the changes with the EU.

For more encouraging statistics and facts, please see the BBC’s article here >

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BIFA encourages members to consider recruiting apprentices

British International Freight Association (BIFA) says latest Border Operating Model adds clarity but expresses concernsAs National Apprenticeship week (8 – 12 February) is almost finished, the British International Freight Association has repeated its call for freight forwarding and logistics companies to consider recruiting apprentices.

An executive director of BIFA, Carl Hobbis said: “We know it’s a tough call, with the pandemic and the post transition period continuing to disrupt many freight forwarders’ operations.

 

…Now, more than ever, we need to promote the industry and give young people employment opportunities. We have had an apprenticeship standard for international freight forwarding for three years and the sector has been in the news more than ever, so what a great time to encourage someone to consider a career in forwarding.”

Read more from UK Haulier >

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COVID-19 VACCINE: The largest international delivery ever

COVID-19 VACCINE: The largest international delivery everHow do you vaccinate a population of billions?
It’s the news the world has been waiting for: the Covid-19 vaccines are here. However, with a population of billions waiting to be vaccinated, the work has only just begun. As the largest international delivery in history gets underway, our partner DHL, looks at the logistical challenges facing the global rollout, and the integral role supply chain infrastructure will play to get the world back on its feet.
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New chapter for UK outside European Union in 2021

UK goods exports increaseA new era has begun for the United Kingdom, after separation from the European Union was formally completed, at 11pm on 31st January 2020.

The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps reported that: “border traffic had been low due to the bank holiday, but there had been no disruption in Kent as hundreds of lorries crossed the Channel with a small number turned back.” Read more in the BBC news article >

Use the Government Brexit checker to get a personalised list of actions for you, your business and your family.

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