Freight Trade Route

Boxships continue to be upsized on West Africa-Asia trade

Average size of ship in use on services from Asia to West Africa increases 38% compared with a year earlier

Panama Canal expansion will spark transhipment boom

Double-digit jump in transhipment activity expected upon opening of new locks, says Drewry

Grimaldi launches Med-North America car carrier

First direct regular ro-ro service of its kind between the two regions

Competitors cool over MyFerryLink purchase

P&O Ferries and DFDS welcome last week’s competition decision but show little interest in buying Eurotunnel subsidiary or its assets

Tribunal upholds MyFerryLink ban

Eurotunnel now seeks buyer for cross-Channel operator

Verdict imminent on Eurotunnel-MyFerryLink appeal

Six-month compliance period if tribunal upholds ban imposed by UK competition regulator

John Good Shipping to launch new multi-purpose service

Monthly frequency to link UK/North West Continent and US Gulf/Mexico-US East Coast

CMA CGM announces 'specialization' of EURAF 1 and EURAF 2 services

Move designed to improve its offer between Europe, the Mediterranean and West Africa

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

Advice & Insight

Toronto – a city with a strong economy of its own

Trade is equivalent in value to more than 60% of Canada’s GDP, and exports are directly linked to one in five Canadian jobs

Historic new agreement set to boost Canada-EU trade

Trade between the European Union and Canada is already very strong – and growth is expected to continue as a result of an historic new trade agreement now being finalised

Mexican freight rate summary

The ports of Veracruz and Altamira are situated on Mexico’s Atlantic coast, linking the country with Europe, the Caribbean and South America’s east coast

Vietnam economic overview

Exports drive GDP growth

Mozambique economic overview

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

Freight People

Thomas Kraus joins Geodis as group marketing director

Former CEO of TNT Express Germany charged with ‘developing a cohesive and differentiating marketing strategy’ for French group

Riaan Blom to head Africa sales for ISS

New Inchcape regional VP was formerly regional manager for Oil & Energy at DHL Global Forwarding

Anders Dommestrup named CEO of Victoria International Container Terminal

Prior to joining ICTSI, he was COO of Modern Terminals in Hong Kong

FTA appoints new CEO

Association promotes internal candidate David Wells to top job

Emirates SkyCargo names Ambak to head cargo ops worldwide

Ex-Cargolux executive took up earlier this month

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