Freight Trade Route

Dover breaks annual freight record

Volumes expected to be 2% higher than previous busiest year, 2007

Swedish Orient Line appoints John Good as UK agent

New service between Finland and Tilbury launched on 1 December

Russian imports drop as impact of sanctions bites

Traffic levels of containerised, bulk, general cargo, vehicles, and project cargo through St Petersburg depressed in recent months

DFDS may withdraw from Dover-Calais if MyFerryLink ban not upheld

Low rates sucking in volumes on the route

Calais strike hits cross-Channel freight

Delays in departures to Dover of up to 90 minutes

P&O Ferries to expand freight services at Teesport

Operator to take advantage of new intermodal rail connections opening at the port

CMA CGM adds Nhava Sheva to Africa service

Indian hub joins weekly Swahili loop

SCI launches Chennai-Yangon boxship

New container service calling at Colombo and Krishnapatnam reflects growing regional importance of Myanmar trade

UK regulator determined to ban MyFerryLink - Eurotunnel

Final order will not take effect until appeal judgment is known

LD Lines suspends France-Spain ’Motorway of the Sea’

DFDS to close Le Havre-Portsmouth ferry service

Two new ro-ro services from French Med ports

New links to Turkey and Tunisia

Calais mayor threatens to block port over migrants

Local leader insists UK must do more to resolve and pay for worsening port security situation

Summer 'truce' halts SNCM strike

Ferry operator’s parent company offers to sell its controlling stake for €1

UPDATE: France eyes court administration of SNCM as strike goes on

Company’s freight and passenger services to North Africa and Corsica remain at standstill

UK regulator confirms ban on MyFerryLink

France condemns decision on Channel ferry operator, although Eurotunnel subsidiary could continue operating under new ownership

Advice & Insight

Vietnam economic overview

Exports drive GDP growth

Mozambique economic overview

Growth increased to 7.5% year on year in the first quarter of 2014

Miami: a hub for transhipment

Gary Waller is confident that the forecast for exports from UK to US remains positive

Chicago - a key commercial transport hub

US remains Alliance Shipping Group’s biggest market

Moscow experiencing major logistics decline

Demand for warehouse space down almost 40% this year as Russia’s economy struggles

Freight People

New head to replace Koch at WSC

The association’s General Counsel John Butler will take over in July when current CEO retires

Steve Manser leaving Saudia Cargo

Set to join Qatar Airways Cargo as senior manager of cargo charter sales

Oliver Evans to step down from Swiss

Long-serving head of cargo and TIACA chairman to leave carrier in September

Peter Scholten to leave Saudia Cargo in January

Successor for the position of vice president commercial to be announced ‘in due course’

ACS appoints new president for North America

Richard Thompson responsible for operations in New York, California, Texas and Canada

Have Your Say

Maritime safety – two steps forward, but much still to be done

TT Club’s Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox assesses just how last month’s deliberations by the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee will advance the cause of container and unit load safety in the future

Competition implications of 2M and mega-alliances

Higher vessel utilisation of ultra-large containerships will give participants a strong hand, but improving profitability ‘involves much more’, analysts argue

Driver shortages are no surprise

Robert Jervis, director of freight and logistics exhibition Multimodal, says the profession has lost much of the appeal it once had

Pack it in! We mean it.

TT Club’s risk management director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox, highlights the dangers of badly packed containers and other cargo transport units (CTUs) and welcomes the attention the subject is getting internationally

Drivers can face penalties for illegal immigrants

Concern continues as number of clandestines stowing away in vehicles increases, reports Rothera Dowson solicitors