Friday, 30 November 2012

Shippers Flood to London Gateway

400 shippers, cargo owners and carriers brave the weather and head to Britain’s new hub port
130 shippers and carriers attend Manchester event
100 shippers and carriers to attend in Leeds
Despite 270 flood warnings in place across the UK on Monday night, 400 shippers, cargo owners and carriers made it to London Gateway’s offices on Tuesday morning to view the latest developments at Britain’s new port and Europe’s largest logistics Park, which opens next year on the Thames.
At the ‘Insight to London Gateway’ event, held this week, shippers, carriers, hauliers, and cargo owners were given a unique tour of DP World’s £1.5 billion investment into UK maritime infrastructure.  Similar events have taken place recently in Birmingham, last week in Manchester, and a final event is taking place in Leeds tonight.
The insight event was held to satisfy overwhelming interest in the new deep-sea port from future port users.  Representatives from across the supply chain attended, including multiple deep-sea carriers, freight forwarders, rail and road operators as well as cargo owners and global retailers.
As part of the event, visitors were shown the sheer scale of the development with a convoy of coaches touring the three square miles of land that is owned and managed by DP World, while presentations were given throughout the day to explain the significant benefits of the new port to cargo owners.
Many guests recognised the advantages immediately, Julie Curran, Pricing Manager, Atlantic Pacific Global Logistics, said: "London Gateway offers an excellent alternative for London, Birmingham and Manchester areas, and we see real opportunity by using the new port. We are looking at options now."
Chris Leeder from Magnus Group, a national distribution and logistics provider, said: “London Gateway represents an opportunity for us. There are definitely going to be savings for shipments into London and South East and these savings are going to benefit our customers. The important thing from our perspective is ensuring that we can integrate ourselves into the supply chain and into the volumes of business that are going to shift to London Gateway.”
Commenting on the turnout at the event, Simon Moore, CEO London Gateway, said: “The fact that nearly 300 flood warnings were in place, roads across the country were blocked, rail lines were suffering and we still welcomed 400 guests means that it was an astonishing turn out.”
During the open forum discussion, Dr. Carsten Hinne, Managing Director for DB Schenker Rail UK, spoke about the rail services on offer to shippers to inland terminals. Marc Wynne, Operations Manager, for Roadways Container Logistics, also explained how they see London Gateway benefiting shippers across the UK.
In addition to the London Gateway based event, over 130 shippers and lines attended a similar insight event in Manchester last week.
Charles Meaby, Commercial Director for London Gateway, said: “London Gateway is closer to Manchester, Birmingham and London than its leading competitor. So we went to Manchester to let them know how much closer and how much cheaper it will be for shippers in the North-West using London Gateway. We are talking about shipping closer, which simply put, will save shippers money.”
Tonight, the London Gateway commercial team will be hosting an event at the Leeds Marriott Hotel.  A further London Gateway insight open day for shippers will be announced soon

Stop port package 3 Portugal

On strike for our brothers and sisters in Portugal.

You'll never walk alone!

We pulled off something really f*****g great here in Lisbon today. 

800 dockers from all over Europe and some 400 sympathizers marched through the narrow city streets. We made a lot of noise but acted with dignity and discipline when police provocators with masks and riot gear tried to instigate violence. There is no doubt that the Government and the employers were shaken.

First the politicians said there were no internationals present, but it was hard to deny when big delegations turned up with their flags all the way from northern Finland, through the giant ports of Antwerp, Le Havre, Fos, Valencia, Barcelona, Tenerife all the way to Cyprus and the Azores.

About todays manifestation in Lisbon,You guys are the symbol of the fighting against the Port Package 3 and must know that not only me, but many many European Dockers are behind you guys and are supporting every one of you!!Even if they can't be there with you all.But you must know if theres a need for further action you will not stand alone and the rest of the european dockers shall be next to your side.I hope that today at least from every european country a small or big group will be there to support you and it will,as i could read in several notes.Remenber we shall win this fight against any gouverment who tries to take our jobs,because there no profession who can stand so united as we!!We proved it in the past and will do this in the future!!I have only one word for U ''RESPECT'' and ''United We Stand Devided we Fall!!! Kind regards

Felixstowe: Three containers seized in dangerous goods investigation

TRADING standards officers have today launched an investigation after seizing three containers of allegedly dangerous goods at the Port of Felixstowe.

The consignments – being imported through the terminal, the country’s busiest boxport, from the Far East – are mainly toys, cosmetics and electrical goods destined to be sold to families in Britain.
Officers from Suffolk County Council’s trading standards department monitor cargoes coming through Felixstowe and because of suspicions about the companies involved with the imports decided to investigate the three 40ft containers’ entire contents.
A spokeswoman said officers had “serious concerns” about each of the importers and one of them had been prosecuted previously.
The first box had contained a batch of cosmetics where there was concern over chemicals used, while the second was of radio-controlled toy cars and fashion dolls which had small parts considered potential choking hazards.
The third box was destined for a London fulfilment centre, where goods would be dispatched via internet orders, from multiple Chinese exporters with no details of the import recipients. It contained a large number of electrical items with two-pin plugs, plus poorly-designed toys with incorrect labelling and identification.
“All the items will be tested and thoroughly inspected to see if they meet safety standards,” said the spokeswoman.
“With the two-pin plug electrical items we know straight away that they will not meet standards, and there are concerns over the toys and whether they are made from flammable materials.
“These items could easily have been sold on in this country. Although sometimes something looks like a bargain you really need to consider whether that product, be it an electrical item or a toy, should be brought into your home.
“An incorrectly made electrical item could give you a shock or in the worst case cause a fire, while unsafe toys can be flammable, have small parts or sharp edges.”

BORDER Force officials at the Port of Felixstowe have stopped up to £5million worth of fake goods from entering the UK in the run-up to Christmas.
The seizures have taken place over the last two months and have included fake handbags, purses, clothes and perfumes.
In the last six months, an estimated £25million of dodgy goods have been seized at the Port of Felixstowe.
Kevin Sayer, senior officer for the Border Force at Felixstowe, said: “It’s a constant trade and we are happy when we are taking some people out of the loop.
“All of these goods on the market affect genuine trade and it hits them where it hurts – in the pocket.”
Mary Strang, senior trading standards officer, added: “It’s a significant amount counterfeit products and shows the amount of products that are coming into the country.
“It really is critical that they are picked up.”
The goods are currently being stored and are likely to be destroyed.

Forth invests more at Tilbury

Forth Ports, owner of the port of Tilbury, is rolling out a significant investment plan for London Container Terminal (LCT).

Following the £95 million acquisition of Tilbury Container Services, which was subsequently renamed London Container Terminal (LCT), Forth Ports is now integrating the facility with the busy short-sea terminal at Tilbury, and is investing in substantial equipment and site upgrading.    

Forth Ports said that in addition to equipment upgrades and investment in new straddle carriers, plans are in place for a long-term container terminal redevelopment, including a single reception gate covering both security and container processing, new cranes, a bespoke IT system and surfacing work. 

Part of the investment plan is the purchase of 14 new straddle carriers in a multi-million pound deal with Cargotec, which will deliver the four-high machines to the port in April 2013.

The straddle carrier investment has been aided by an EU Motorway of the Sea grant, awarded to the ports of Tilbury and Bilbao for the “IBUK – Intermodal Corridor” project, which aims to reduce congestion between the Iberian peninsula and the UK by moving trucks off the road onto a more efficient multimodal logistics corridor.

Perry Glading, Chief Operating Officer of Forth Ports, said: “We have put in place a significant investment plan for the London Container Terminal, which will see the continued upgrading of the site and its equipment as we work to integrate container handling across both the deepsea and shortsea operations at Tilbury.  

“The acquisition has further secured Tilbury as a key shipping and distribution location with unrivalled access to London and the south-east of England.”

Thursday, 29 November 2012

CSCL to sell 20pc of its boxes to CLC for cash, then will lease them back

CHINA Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) recently announced plans to sell 20 per cent of its containers to Hong Kong-based CLC Maritime Container Leasing Co and will then lease them back to strengthen its financial position.
The Hong Kong and Shanghai-listed CSCL said in a statement it has agreed to sell 139,941 containers that have been in use for between three and six years to CLC Maritime Container Leasing Co for US$358.6 million and will then lease the boxes back for $221.27 million for a term of four years.
The world's ninth largest carrier said this deal will contribute to a gain of $112 million. CSCL posted a third-quarter net profit of CNY991 million (US$159 million), reversing a net of loss of CNY951.23 million recorded in the same period last year. 

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

HPUK's Bathside (Harwich) terminal under threat

HPUK, owner of the Port of Felixstowe, has withdrawn its most recent planning application for changes on its Bathside Bay terminal project, after the Government decided to call the plans in . .

Plans for a £300 million container port at Harwich in Essex have been put in jeopardy after developer Hutchison Ports UK withdrew its latest planning application.

Tendring District Council (TDC) said talks with the company and the government would take place next month in a bid to rescue the Bathside Bay development.

Last month, the government announced a public inquiry over the changes and Hutchison said it was concerned at possible delays.

In a letter to the council, the developer said it had decided to to withdraw the application “in light of the anticipated costs and delay” associated with a public inquiry.

TDC leader Cllr Neil Stock said the company’s decision was a blow, but he understood its reasons.

He told the BBC: “They must have been absolutely gutted when they heard the government had gone for a public inquiry and quite frankly I am not surprised they pulled the application.

"We constantly hear that planning should not stifle the country’s economic growth, but then the secretary of state for the department of communities and local government seems to go totally against that edict where Bathside Bay is concerned."

He said the development was vital to the local economy and its regeneration.

"I sincerely hope the delays do not mean that Hutchison Ports feel they would be better off investing elsewhere," he added.

Hutchison Ports (UK) has withdrawn its latest application to develop a container port in Essex, UK, following news that the British Government has opted for a public inquiry on the issue.
Harwich International Container Terminal (HICT) received planning consent in 2006 and was due to be built on Bathside Bay adjacent to Harwich International Port.
In a letter to the Council, Hutchison Port Holdings (HPC) said that it had taken the decision “particularly in light of the anticipated costs and delay associated with a call-in and public inquiry.”
The Tendring District Council (TDC) has expressed concern that this could jeopardise the whole development plan at Harwich’s Bathside Bay, vital to the local area’s future economical and regeneration plans.
Top level talks are due to take place at Whitehall in December to try to rescue the development.
TDC Council Leader, Neil Stock, said that he was frankly not surprised by the decision because the original application was made back in 2006.
He added: “We constantly hear that planning should not stifle the country’s economic growth but then the Secretary of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government seems to go totally against that edict where Bathside Bay is concerned.”
The worry is that HPH will go elsewhere now to invest. HPH refused to comment on the issue.

Dockers’ demo in Portugal over port liberalisation plans

Ports Package 3 through the back door !!!!!

Dockers’ unionists in Portugal will be voicing their opposition to a new national port law at a demonstration in Lisbon this week.
The activists will be staging their protest outside the Portuguese parliament in Lisbon on 29 November, where a vote will be taking place on the law. They are furious that the government has failed to consult unions over the proposed legislation, which was announced in August. The plans respond to pressure from the Troika tripartite committee (led by the European Commission with the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund) and could liberalise port labour, deregulate dockers’ work and lead to casualisation.
The unions are calling for international solidarity to highlight the issue; Eduardo Chagas, general secretary of the ITF’s European arm the European Transport Workers’ Federation and delegations from Belgian unions ACV Transcom and Belgische Transportarbeidersbond as well as from the Finnish Transport Workers’ Union and Denmark's 3F union will also be at the protest.
Port unions in Portugal, which have formed a “common front” to deal with the proposals, have been holding strikes and other actions since August following the government’s refusal to enter into meaningful consultations over the text. They are concerned that the new law could redefine dockers’ work if casualisation goes ahead. The ITF- and ETF-affiliated Oficiaismar, part of the front, wants discussions with the government to be established; it has reported that all the authorities have done so far is attempt to divide the union movement.
Once the vote has taken place, the matter will be passed to a special committee; it will eventually go to the vote at the plenary.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

UK rejects claims it refused refuge for MSC Flaminia

The chief executive of the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Sir Alan Massey, has said that Britain had been willing to provide sanctuary for the crippled MSC Flaminia but the offer of help was not needed, contradicting recent claims from Germany that six or seven countries refused assistance.

Britain was prepared to provide sanctuary for the crippled MSC Flaminia but the offer of help was not needed, according to the head of the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
MCA chief executive Sir Alan Massey said the UK was ready to help the containership, which caught fire and was then severely damaged by an explosion in the middle of the Atlantic last July.
Confirmation that the UK was willing to allow MSC Flaminia into sheltered waters contradicts recent claims from Germany that six or seven countries refused assistance.
As the nearest coastal state, “we identified potential places of temporary refuge” to which the ship could be towed and then stabilised, Sir Alan told Lloyd’s List.
The MCA said it believed that the salvors made a direct request for a place of refuge to the UK, Belgium, France and the Netherlands on the same day.
“We did not refuse this request and had identified a shortlist of suitable anchorages when Germany offered a port facility and we began work to clear the ship for its journey to Germany,” an MCA spokeswoman said.
The German-owned 6,750 teu vessel did not finally arrive back in port until early September, the delay supposedly reflecting concerns about the risk of further explosions. The ship has only just been declared out of danger after the last of the hot containers were removed.
The UK is one of several countries accused of turning down requests for shelter.
MSC Flaminia’s classification society Germanischer Lloyd said earlier month that the UK, the Irish Republic, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal had declined to help as the ship’s owners and salvors tried to put together a rescue plan.
However, Sir Alan said the UK had been prepared to step in, with Secretary of State’s Representative Hugh Shaw monitoring the situation constantly from the moment MSC Flaminia’s plight became apparent.
Three members of crew died as a result of the explosion in or on top of one of the cargo holds that blew dozens of containers in to the sea.
Investigators have yet to determine what caused the fire and blast, but industry experts suspect cargo may have been misdeclared, then stowed in the wrong part of the ship.
As well as raising fresh concerns about what is really inside a container, the accident has led to renewed calls in some quarters for mandatory places of refuge for ships in distress, although there is no industry consensus about whether that is the best solution.
Addressing a meeting of the International Maritime Industries Forum, Sir Alan said he hoped that in future there would be a “better meeting of minds” about how to deal with a casualty like the MSC Flaminia, which had echoes of the Prestige catastrophe a decade earlier.
In that instance, the stricken tanker was refused entry into a Spanish port and subsequently broke in half, spilling huge quantities of crude oil.
Sir Alan acknowledged that part of the problem in MSC Flaminia’s case was the difficulty of assessing the extent of damage to the ship and its cargo, or the risk to health. The large number of parties involved in dealing with the aftermath of the accident added to the complexity of the rescue.
He predicted that this particular casualty would probably lead to some recommendations about how best to deal with ships in distress and in need of shelter.

Crane crashed into the water in Valencia

On Nov 26, 2012, a crane which was being loaded onto the ship's deck (M/V Storm, IMO 7607649) crashed and fell into the water at the Xitá dock, in the port of Valencia. 
Tuesday, 27.Nov.2012, 14:03 (GMT+3)

Crane crashed into the water in Valencia

On Nov 26, 2012, a crane which was being loaded onto the ship's deck (M/V Storm, IMO 7607649) crashed and fell into the water at the Xitá dock, in the port of Valencia. 

No one was injured, but the bulwark of the heavy lift carrier was partially torn off at port side.

 The ship had arrived from Sagunto the previous day.

Read: 363 Times/76 Visitors Online

 Crane crashed into the water in Valencia,

Portugal Dockers / Ports Package 3 Through The Back Door

121126: Report from Portugal, Monday 26th Nov

Having arrived in Portugals´s capital Lisbon yesterday, I spent Monday morning at the office of the dockworkers' union SETC. 

Portugal is a small country with a long coast and several important islands, like Madeira and the Azores. The dockers are spread out and with few exceptions the ports are relatively small. There are estimately 800 regular and 200 casual dockworkers nation-wide. 

Lissabon port

The port of Lisbon is the nation's biggest waterfront employer, with it´s wide-ranging quays spread out all along the river in the inner parts of the city. In this city there are currently seven different port operators handling the cargo, but only some 200 of the dockers are directly employed by the different firms. The rest, about 180, are assigned work day by day through a common pool in which the companies are all shareholders. The pool distributes the available job opportunities according to a system, much like the ones we had in many ports in Sweden some 25-30 years ago and which is still in effect for the casuals in Gothenburg. To guarantee that the system runs fairly and according to the rules the union has a representative, José Carlos, assigned to control the hiring of the worker pool. 
Dockers unloading sand from a bulckfartyg

Some of the terminals are quite old fashioned while others have brand new cranes and machines but a little ragged exterior. There is, of course, very little activity in the ports these days but according to government decrees, indsutrial action is not allowed to shut down all port operations indefinately. On Monday, some of the dockers worked a day shift to provide what the goverment calls "minimum services". Union board member Gaspar and other representatives from the SETC thus invited me to see the TMB terminal, where "minimum services" meant that the dockers were unloading one of the several holds on a bulk ship filled with sugar. They were also loading containers and general cargo onboard a ship destined for Madeira. 
The dockworkers handle the whole operation. They rotate on all the jobs, ranging from manual labour, tally work and driving cranes to supervising the operations as foremen. Even the head of all daily operations at the terminal is a dockworker. The work is often quite risky by Swedish standards but most of the machine park is fairly modern. The terminal also has several big warehouses where pallets are stored awaiting further transport.
Gaspar, Member of SETC Board, meet a colleague 

Just beside TMB terminal lies the container terminal SOTAGUS. The principal is the same here. Dockworkers handle most of the tasks, not only loading and unloading of ships. They man the gates, operate the warehouses, planning and rearranging the container park etc. These jobs are now at risk. The new bill that the Portuguese goverment is presenting to the parliament this week, excludes all these tasks from the dockworker profession.
Container terminal SOTAGUS

The mood at the union, where a lot of people pass through, is very friendly but it is obvious that the situation here is very troubling and that the fighting dockers are under a lot of pressure. Many of the union organizers work from early morning well into the night to keep everything on track. Their phones are ringing constantly. The Portuguese dockworkers, port clerks and port pilots have now been on strike off and on for three months. This has had a profound impact on the industry. For example, according to the employers it has reduced the monthly imports and exports passing through the port of Lisbon by at least 26% so far. Big business associations and the Portuguese goverment are worried but still unwilling to compromise. The bill for total deregulation of the port sector will be presented to the Portuguese Parliament this Thursday, the 29th of November, without any prior negotiations or talks between the goverment and the affected worker organisations. The port operators are also unwilling to negotiate any compromise, saying they are under pressure from the authorities. 
Dockers on their way home after finishing shifts

Instead, the goverment and the employers are trying hard to shift focus away from the key issues of the bill, which include anullment of occupational training and many of the current safety regulations and dissolving the division of tasks between seafarers, dockers and outside temp agencies regulated in the UN´s ILO Convention 137. They want to play down the fact that the dockworkers here are fighting to keep their jobs and maintaing the status of dockwork as a profession. Employers, shipping companies and the government are currently running a media campaign about the dockers´salaries, shamelessly claiming dockers make over 5000 Euros a month, which in Portugal is very high. The unions have responded by publicly displaying all their payment schemes. It is true that a docker can in theory make up to 5 600 Euros a month, if he works all three shifts (24 hours) thirty (30) days a month. A docker working 166 hours a week would probably die of exhaustion within months, though. Not to mention the fact that the proposed new laws and attitudes are threatening to roll back worker safety reforms in the ports at least forty years.
Some port operators, big shipping companies and business associations are even trying to push the government to break the strikes by force, refering to what they call "civil request". This could in fact mean introducing martial law against the workers. The dockers have already been slammed with legal requests to provide "minimum services" in the ports even during industrial action. 

The Portuguese dockers are staying strong, though. They are refusing to back down and cave in to threats. The dockers are constantly re-inventing themselves and their industrial action not to be pushed into a corner. They have left several suggestions about a social compromise concerning the new port laws. They are preparing to present a proposal to the Parliament on Thursday, hopefully signed by all visiting dockworkers' unions coming to Lisbon this week. The proposal is that they suspend all strikes and international solidarity action for thirty days if they are invited to discuss the bill with the employers and the government. They are thereby offering all involved parties some breathing space to initiate constructive discussions. With the current outside pressure put on the Portuguese politicians by the 'Troika' (EU, IMF, ECB) it is unsure if the Parliament will respond positively, though. Chairman Vitor, IDC-representative Joao and the others are very realistic. Their aim in the current confrontation is not to strike until all proposals for new laws are withdrawn but reaching a negotiated solution which still protects the dockworkers´profession.
Vitor, Chairman for SETC and Joao, IDC-represnt for SETC 

The upcoming dockworker demonstration in Lisbon on the 29th is obviously regarded as highly problematic by both the Portuguese Goverment and the Public Security Police. The latter are expecting hundreds of dockers to show up in solidarity from France, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Finland, Cyprus and Sweden. The families of the dockers has now decided that they too will march on the 29th, in a special block in the demonstration.
International solidarity is also a factor that makes the Goverment hesitate about "civil request"-measures. As one journalist, António Ribeiro Ferreira, wrote last week:
 "[It] has to do with the strong bond and team spirit that characterizes the dockers worldwide, particularly in Europe. Tougher Government action in Portuguese ports could lead other European unions to move to other forms of struggle. That could mean boycotts against any vessels carrying goods from Portuguese ports. Ultimately, they may even impose partial or general strikes in European ports, which would export the Portuguese conflict to other European countries. This situation leads the Portuguese authorities to consider the successive strikes with particular care in an explosive situation that is being handled with discretion in many capitals of the EU countries."
António Ribeiro Ferreira missed one important fact, though: The first partial solidarity strikes in European ports have already taken place, back in September. Now European dockworkers are escalating solidarity actions for their Portuguese comrades. Many of the European ports will be shut down completely by solidarity strikes for two hours between 1 and 3 PM on the 29th of November.

/Erik Helgeson


Swedish Dockworker's Union 

Rising regulation, red tape puts ports at risk: UK Major Ports Group

BRITISH ports are weighed down with regulation and taxes that could "seriously disrupt business" and put future investment "at risk", says UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG) chairman Charles Hammond.

"We will not be able to continue to attract this investment in a competitive international financial market if as an industry we are burdened with excessive regulation," said the industry lobby executive in a recent speech.

"The UK government talks a good game. We have had schemes to cut red tape and lots of initiatives to speed up planning decisions. Despite all the fine words, it continues to take much longer than they should," he said.

"We continue to face new regulation which discriminates against ports. There is the Carbon Reduction Commitment - an energy tax that particularly penalises ports and businesses on port estates." Mr Hammond said.

He also noted that British ports contributed in a major way to carbon reduction through partnerships with the offshore wind and biomass sectors, greater use of rail freight and promoting short sea shipping.

Mr Hammond also said ports would be hobbled if proposals for marine conservation zones went into effect, some of which "could seriously disrupt business at ports and put future investment at risk".

The UKMPG chairman urged the finance and energy ministers to listen to the industry and find "a simpler and less discriminatory alternatives"

Mr Hammond, also CEO of Forth Ports, said he hoped the Department for Transport (DfT), would take rapid action on a decision about the privatisation of the Port of Dover.

He noted that the new minister of the Department for Transport (DfT), Patrick McLoughlin, had made a name forwarding legislation on port privatisation in the early 1990s and looked forward to the same spirit of determination being applied again.

"That legislation enabled the port of Dover to come forward with privatisation proposals some three years ago. We hope that the new ministerial team will move quickly to take decisions, end what has been a prolonged period of uncertainty and give a positive lead to other commercial trust ports in England and Wales, which are looking at ways of bringing in private finance," he said.

By: Charles Hammond
Chair's Speech at UK Major Ports Group Reception
21 November 2012

The improvements in productivity have been coupled with real progress on safety. Port accident rates have halved over the last 10 years and that safety improvement is continuing.

  • And the subject of regulation brings me finally to the subject of the EU. We had thought that after 2 botched attempts to introduce regulation into the operation of port services, the Commission had sensibly decided to leave well alone and concentrate on properly applying the general rules of the EU Treaty to ports. It is surely unacceptable that subsidy regimes vary so widely so that northern continental ports we compete with benefit from generous subsidy while UK ports do not.
  • However the Commission are known to be looking at port service regulation again despite a recent survey which showed that the vast majority of port users are well satisfied with the service they receive and are not seeking change. Our message to Brussels remains simple - concentrate on your existing role to ensure a level playing field and do not put productivity and investment at risk by introducing complicated and unnecessary new bureaucracy. We will resist and challenge any form of further interference and bureaucracy from Europe.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Roadways Container Logistics Announces Services

November 22nd 2012, London: Roadways Container Logistics, a leading transportation, container storage and handling company, has confirmed that London Gateway will reduce road miles for thousands of shippers when Britain’s new port opens in Q4 2013, saving fuel and emissions for importers and exporters throughout the UK.
Announcing services to Britain’s new port, which is located on the north bank of the Thames in Thurrock, Essex, Nick Matthews, Managing Director, Roadways Container Logistics, said: “Roadways will be running services from day one of operations for shippers choosing London Gateway and we want to show the industry that we are ahead of the game and acting now to capture that market. We’ve been leading the way in innovation and we see the future of logistics and shipping in the UK is at London Gateway.
“The supply chain only needs to look at a map on the internet to see the location benefits that London Gateway offers shippers who are moving boxes to and from deep-sea ports. Britain’s new gateway port is closer to Birmingham, Daventry and Manchester than other ports in the UK that can handle the world’s largest ships, so this can only be a good thing for supply chain managers who are looking to reduce road miles and improve their carbon impact.”
Roadways Container Logistics will also provide rail terminals to train operators serving London Gateway Port and the Logistics Park, which offers over nine million square feet of distribution and warehousing space.
Roadways Container Logistics is one of the UK's leading multimodal transport and container handling specialists. The company currently operates a range of port operation, storage, and road and rail haulage services across the UK. Key to the partnership with London Gateway are Roadway Container Logistics’ two rail terminals; the Birmingham Intermodal Freight terminal (BIFT) and the Manchester Container Terminal.
Charles Meaby, Commercial Director for DP World London Gateway, said: “We are delighted that Roadways Container Logistics, a major transportation company, is committed to serving the UK’s new port and logistics park. This is another great piece of news for the industry.  We are now talking to more and more companies who will be shipping to London Gateway and to those providing world class services to the port.
Commenting on the new port’s location, Charles Meaby, said: “The location advantage of London Gateway is now well understood in the transport industry. Being able to ship closer to Birmingham, Manchester and London means less cost for supply chains, less truck miles and fewer emissions.
He continued: “Drewry, a respected independent maritime consultancy, indicates shippers will be able to reduce round-trip transport costs by £59 pounds per container to the Midlands and the North-West by choosing London Gateway, which is where some 30% of UK deep-sea volumes are destined. Drewry also indicates that for the London and the South-East, which is also over 30% of the UK deep-sea market, savings of up to £189 per container can be made from choosing to ship to London Gateway. This is exactly what we mean by ship closer, save money”.
About DP World
DP World operates more than 60 terminals across six continents (1) with container handling generating around 80% of its revenue.  In addition, the company currently has 11 new developments and major expansions underway in 10 countries.  DP World aims to enhance customers’ supply chain efficiency by effectively managing container, bulk and other terminal cargo.  Its dedicated, experienced and professional team of more than 30,000 people serves customers in some of the most dynamic economies in the world. 
The company constantly invests in terminal infrastructure, facilities and people, working closely with customers and business partners to provide quality services today and tomorrow, when and where customers need them. In taking this customer-centric approach, DP World is building on the established relationships and superior level of service demonstrated at its flagship Jebel Ali facility in Dubai, which has been voted “Best Seaport in the Middle East” for 18 consecutive years.   (1) As of June 2012, includes non-container terminals.
About London Gateway
Opening in Q4 2013, London Gateway will be the UK’s first 21st Century major deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park. Owned and operated by DP World and situated on the north bank of the River Thames, London Gateway will provide unrivalled deep-sea shipping access to the largest consumer markets in the UK. The new port, with its superior operational systems and service, will ensure ships load and unload as fast as possible, making London Gateway a world class asset for the UK.
About Roadways Container Logistics
Roadways Container Logistics is one of the UK's leading multimodal transport and container handling specialists. We are an independent business and work with shipping lines, freight forwarders and end customers directly.
A unique network comprises both port and inland operations from which we deploy efficient hub and spoke principles. Inland terminals are connected to the rail network providing a cost effective, reliable mode of transport to move cargo efficiently through the major distribution corridors, delivering a reliable and on-time service to all major industrial and commercial areas.
Press Questions
Xavier Woodward Communications Manager London Gateway
Cell:  + 44 (0)774 862 3423 or email:
Marc Wynne - General Manager Roadways Container Logistics
Tel: 01827 726510



London Gateway will create 12,000 direct jobs and many more indirectly. These will include opportunities for people of all technical abilities in logistics, engineering and IT.
Construction workerAs part of DP World, one of the world’s largest terminal operators, London Gateway offers the opportunity to work for a global institution in a challenging working environment that relies upon team work, commitment and leadership.
For those who currently commute from south Essex into London each day, London Gateway offers the chance to work on a world-class project that is right on their doorstep, allowing for a better work-life balance.

Construction jobs

Over the coming years there will be a demand for a variety of construction role jobs, most of which will be appointed by contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers and professional consultants.


Range of opportunities

Port employment: When fully developed, London Gateway port will provide many direct jobs. We will be looking for experts in IT, electrical engineering, administration, finance, HR, health and safety and rail technicians, as well as multi-skilled dock operators and environmental specialists.

Park employment: London Gateway's logistics park will directly employ more people in the park than in the port, many of whom will be skilled technicians required to manage some of the UK's largest supply chain networks. The activities on the park will include a full range of logistics operations, including accountancy, clerical, managerial, specialist IT support and logistics operatives.
DP World invests heavily in staff training and development so that our people can contribute to the growth of our business and focus strongly on satisfying our customers.

London Gateway General Application Form

To register your interest in a position at DP World London Gateway please download the General Application Form and post it to the provided address.
VacanciesThe lastest vacancies are published on the DP World Careers website: DP World Careers

Maersk Line Receives Two Global Freight Awards (UK)

The Global Freight Awards took place in London on Wednesday 21 November. Attended by professionals from large multinational corporations and SMEs across the freight and logistics industry, the judges commented that this year there were an exceptional number of high quality entries.
Maersk Line had been short listed in two categories: “Environment” for Route 2, Maersk Line’s sustainability report; and “Innovation – New Product” for Daily Maersk.
However on the night, the team was taken by surprise as Maersk Line was announced as the winner of Container Line of the Year, a much sought after accolade and the result of Lloyd’s Loading List’s readers’ votes.
Maersk Line was also given a highly commended award for Route 2, the winner being DB Schenker’s freight terminal for its role helping the Olympic Delivery Authority exceed its environmental targets in London’s 2012 Olympic Games.
Finally, Maersk Line was announced as proud winner of the Innovation – New Product award, for Daily Maersk, the industry game changer which has made absolute reliability a reality. The Maersk Line team was absolutely delighted with the industry recognition, which means a great deal when everyone worldwide has worked so hard to make it a success.
David Kennedy Browne, Maersk Line UK & Ireland Sales Director was at the Global Freight Awards, entertaining several important UK key clients, and he collected the awards on Maersk Line’s behalf.
Brian Godsafe, Managing Director of Maersk Line UK & Ireland comments: “I am absolutely delighted by our success at the Global Freight Awards. This is a magnificent achievement and further recognition of our hard work and innovation over the last 12 months – we should all be very proud.”