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Eurotunnel Seeks Buyer for Ferry Business

Groupe Eurotunnel, which runs the undersea rail link between Britain and France, is putting its ferry service between the two countries up for sale after a ban on it operating the route was upheld by Britain's Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT). CAT's ruling supported a ban brought in by Britain's antitrust regulator and comes after a long-running probe by the country's competition authorities into Eurotunnel's move into the ferry market. Under the ruling announced on Friday, Eurotunnel now has six months to cease its MyFerryLink operations between France and Britain, with the company saying it would seek a buyer for the business, which it said was run as an independent company. "Given the position of the British authorities, the future of MyFerryLink will now be determined outside the group," Chief Executive Jacques Gounon said in a statement. France's Eurotunnel started to operate services on the Dover-Calais crossing in 2012 under the MyFerryLink brand, having acquired three ferries from the now-defunct SeaFrance. The deal added to its presence on the cross-Channel route, where it is operator of the Channel Tunnel, carrying Eurostar high-speed trains between Paris, Brussels and London, as well as shuttle trains containing passenger cars, coaches and freight trucks. Britain's anti-trust authorities first said two years ago that Eurotunnel's involvement in the cross-Channel ferry route was harming competition.


Transport Minister Announces Appointment to Marine Atlantic

Transport Minister David Collenette today announced the appointment of Roger Flood of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, as the president and chief executive officer of Marine Atlantic Inc. "I am pleased that Mr. Flood has agreed to take on new responsibilities with Marine Atlantic Inc. His experience in the transportation sector and expertise


2014 Freight Market Analysis

Photo: Greg Trauthwein

Consultancy and sales company in the transport and logistics industry, CarrierDirect, released its semiannual freight market perspective this month, giving guidance on what to expect for 2014 and how company leadership should be shaping their strategies to compete in the everchanging marketplace. CarrierDirect said coming from a somewhat better than anemic 2013, the transport and logistics industry has gotten some wind back in its sails as freight tonnage has gone up


Driver Shortage Makes Capitalizing on Low Oil Hard for Truckers

  A chronic shortage of drivers means America's long-haul trucking companies are struggling to capitalize on cheap fuel prices that could allow them to take goods shipments away from railroads. A 50 percent fall in oil prices from their peak last year should have erased some of the cost advantage railroads enjoy, especially for longer hauls. But for customers hoping to save money by switching from train to truck, the lack of drivers makes that harder.


Russian Food Import Ban: Trucks Lose, Shipping Wins

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Team Niinivirta, a Finnish family-run transportation firm, turned 60 this year, but its third-generation managers now don't know if the business will see Christmas, because of Russia's new ban on European food imports. The firm based in Kotka, on the Gulf of Finland opposite Saint Petersburg, was using its 12 refrigerated trucks to ship 80 loads a month of Finnish milk products to Russia. But the ban on imports of dairy products, fruit, vegetables, meat


AAPA Applauds Senate's MAP-21 Freight Focus Bill

Kurt Nagle: Photo credit AAPA

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) says it praises the leadership of the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee for releasing the six-year MAP-21 Reauthorization Act (S. 2322) that puts a high priority on freight movement investments. AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle said: “We commend Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA and Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee), Senator David Vitter (R-LA and Ranking Member of the Committee)


EPA’s SmartWay Initiative Makes Way on the Water

Photo: Donald Hutton

Exhaustive studies by The National Waterways Foundation (NWF), a center for research and learning where industry leaders address public policy issues related to America’s inland waterways system, conclude that inland waterways transport generates fewer emissions of particulate matter, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide than rail or truck on a per ton mile moved basis. But, it’s one thing to claim that metric


Multimodal Freight Bill Introduced in US Senate

Cantwell, Booker, Murray, Markey introduce freight investment legislation aiming to eliminate chokepoints at critical highway, rail, port and intermodal facilities to support economic growth, and reduce the impact of freight movement on communities   U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) introduced legislation to establish a multimodal freight investment policy to keep America businesses


Feature: Short Sea Shipping-Nurturing a Modal Shift

By David Tinsley, technical editor Swelling U.S. interest in fostering the development of coastwise shipping may be set against the backcloth of an anticipated 55 percent growth in demand for domestic freight transport over the period 2000-2010. Aside from its breathtaking scale, one of the most remarkable aspects of the U.S. projection is its similarity to the forecast, 50-percent increase in European road freight volume within the same timeframe.


U.S. Waterways: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Study

Acting for the National Waterways Foundation (NWF), the Center for Ports and Waterways at the Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University, has amended their 2007 study, “A Modal Comparison of Freight Transportation Effects on the General Public” to include a comparison of  Green House Gas (GHG) emissions between inland river barge transportation, highway and rail transportation.   


Grimaldi Orders Three PCTCs

Image: Grimaldi Group

 After signing an order for the construction of five new ships two weeks ago, the Italian shipowner  Grimaldi Group has signed another contract for the construction of three new PCTC-type ships (Pure Car and Truck Carriers) at the Chinese Jinling shipyard


Striking Ferry Workers to Ease Blockade of Calais Port

Striking ferry workers blocking access to Calais port in northern France agreed on Wednesday to let some boats through, partly lifting a blockade in its third day.   Workers at ferry service MyFerryLink are trying to prevent job cuts after their company was sold to a Danish company


The Hour of the Wolf for Panamaxes - Platts Report

Shipowners operating in the trans-Atlantic dry bulk

Shipowners operating in the trans-Atlantic dry bulk market, where prices have been plumbing two-year lows on the back of acute vessel oversupply and shifting patterns in minerals demand, could be facing brighter days, according to the latest special report released by Platts


Striking French Ferry Workers Blockade Calais

Striking French ferry workers blockaded the port of Calais on Tuesday morning, disrupting maritime traffic and Eurotunnel's undersea rail link with Britain in protest at restructuring at its MyFerryLink division, port officials said. Shipping halted early in the day


APM Terminals Calls for Sensor Revolution

“Sensors everywhere” call to action - to catch data, teach operators how to improve service

  The annual Terminal Operators Conference (TOC) in Europe was held June 9-11 in Rotterdam with over 4000 people attending the conference supply chain sessions, Tech TOC, Bulk TOC venues and exhibits.   Alex Duca, head of design and automation for APM Terminals called for a sensor


ICT Tools Boost Terminal Capacity, Shrink CO2 Footprint

Photo: EcoHubs

The EU funded EcoHubs R&D project (Environmentally COherent measures and interventions to debottleneck HUBS of the multimodal network favored by seamless flow of goods) has delivered a number of ICT tools which can increase capacity at ports and terminals


Tanker Market Full Streams Ahead, Says OPEC

Monthly averages of crude oil spot freight rates. Graph by OPEC

 The dirty tanker market enjoyed a general improving sentiment in May for vessels in all reported classes on the back of high tonnage demand and increased activities.    Clean tanker freight rates declined on average, mainly as freight rates reported on the West of Suez were weak


Container Shipping Capacity Threat for Profitability

Estimated average unit revenue, 1Q12-1Q15 (US$ per teu). Source: Drewry Maritime Research

 The rapid expansion of container shipping capacity this year threatens to reverse the strong profitability ocean carriers showed in the first quarter, Drewry Shipping Consultants Ltd said.   Carriers weathered a storm of low rates in the first quarter to deliver some of the best


Dozens of Illegal Immigrants Discovered at UK Port

Sixty-eight suspected illegal immigrants, including two pregnant women and 15 children, were discovered hidden in lorries at one of Britain's largest ports, officials said on Friday. The group was found on Thursday night at Harwich International Port in eastern England during a search of four


Mobile App Aims to Boost LA’s Port Efficiency

Image: Port of Los Angeles

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that Cargomatic, a Los Angeles-based, privately-owned technology company that matches trucking capacity with shipments, is testing its mobile app to speed up the flow of containerized cargo at the Port of Los Angeles (POLA).  


CaroTrans Launches US-Japan LCL Export Service

Global non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) and ocean freight consolidator CaroTrans announced a new weekly less than container load (LCL) service from Atlanta to major markets in Japan including: Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe, Nagoya and Osaka.  


Outlook Bright for Freight Forwarders

The Stifel Logistics Confidence Index for May indicated some improvements from April’s decline. In particular, the six-month outlook appears bright as airfreight gained 2.8 points to 63.4 and sea freight increased 2.1 points to 62.9.


Homeless Atlantic Oil Cargoes Deepen Glut

Millions of stranded barrels underscore glut; elevated freight rates complicate search for buyers. A shadowy build up of oil has intensified in the Atlantic Basin with homeless cargoes of crude turning into unintentional floating storage - another sign the global surplus has some way to go


Panalpina Acquires Egyptian Agent Afifi

Photo: Panalpina

Switzerland-based supply chain solutions provider Panalpina is to acquire its Egyptian agent Afifi, a family-owned company specializing in freight forwarding, customs clearance and logistics. The move is an important step in Panalpina’s continued strategic expansion in growth economies


Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Hit 6-Year Low

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 23 percent to $342 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, a source with access to Shanghai Containerized Freight Index data told Reuters.






 
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