Driverless lorries set to dominate UK ferry traffic

Driverless HGVs could replace much of the UK’s conventional lorry and container transport within a generation and transform the way the ro-ro market works in the UK, a new report suggests.

The Impact of Autonomous and Ultra-Low Emission HGVs on the British RORO Port Market, a joint report published by the British Ports Association (BPA) and freight transport consultancy MDS Transmodal, examines emerging trends in the maritime industries and explores the opportunities and challenges to British ports that may present themselves over the next 50 years.

Vital logistics workers should be excluded from restrictive immigration policy, says FTA

The Government’s proposal to bring forward restrictions on EU migrants deemed to be ‘low-skilled’ will worsen the severe labour shortage in the logistics sector, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

It follows recent reports which suggest that the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is set to impose arbitrary qualification and salary thresholds on EU migrants – which includes commercial drivers and warehouse operators – at the end of the Brexit transition period.  

Stevedore paralysed after fall from height on cargo ship

A shipping company has been fined for safety breaches after a worker was paralysed from the waist down when he fell 3.4 metres to the bottom of a ships hold.

Beverley Magistrates’ Court heard that on 15 May 2017, the 28-year-old worker, a stevedore employed by Thor Shipping and Transport UK Ltd, was unloading MV Frej at No 3 Quay, Hull Docks. He lost his footing and fell through an access ladder gap in the walkway.

DB Cargo fined £1.2 million after teenager electrocuted at freight terminal

The UK’s largest rail freight operator, DB Cargo (UK) Ltd, has been fined £1.2m after a 13 year-old boy was hit by a 25,000-volt electric shock from overhead power lines at its Bescot Yard freight terminal in Walsall.

Freight industry groups slam Bath Clean Air Zone plans

Charging hauliers £100 to enter a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in Bath will put firms at risk, freight and logistics groups have warned.

It follows the decision by Bath and North East Somerset Council to go ahead with plans to introduce a £9 daily fee for high-emission vans and £100 for HGVs and buses later this year.

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) said while it fully supports the drive to improve air quality it has warned local authorities against launching schemes which jeopardise businesses.

Forwarders celebrate excellence at freight industry ‘Oscars’

The winners of the British International Freight Association’s Freight Service Awards 2019 have been revealed.

The awards, held at The Brewery in London on Thursday (16 January), were hosted by Ade Adepitan (pictured above), one of the UK’s most well-known Paralympians and broadcasters.  

Adepitan announced eight winners from the 33 freight forwarding companies that were shortlisted as finalists, as well as three individual award winners.

Poor company culture reduces training effectiveness, says RTITB

The effectiveness of some lift truck operator and Driver CPC training is being compromised due to poor company culture and its negative impact on employee behaviour, according to the RTITB Instructor Academy.

“The right operator and driver behaviour is central to a productive, successful and safe workplace,” says Simon Docherty (pictured above), RTITB Instructor Academy Manager. “Likewise, the behaviour of staff during training can have a big effect on its effectiveness.

New rail freight service links East Midlands Gateway to Port of Felixstowe

Maritime Intermodal, a subdivision of Maritime Transport, recently launched a new five-day-a-week rail freight service to SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway (EMG) providing a greener and more flexible way for businesses in the East Midlands to move their goods around the country.

Maritime Minister visits Port of Felixstowe

Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe was the first port of call in 2020 for Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP, who inspected the site of work to upgrade Roll-On/Roll-Off facilities at the UK’s busiest container port. The works will allow the port to accommodate larger Ro/Ro vessels and improve the efficiency of vessel operations.

Stena Estrid ready for Irish Sea debut

Stena Line’s newest ferry Stena Estrid is set to sail on the Holyhead-Dublin route from mid-January. The vessel recently completed a five-week 10,000 mile journey from the AVIC Weihai Shipyard in north-western China, where she was built.

The name Estrid is connected to Stena Line’s Scandinavian heritage. It is an Old Norse eastern-Nordic version of the name Astrid. Estrid is commonly found on old runestones and means ‘divinely beautiful’.