Europa takes over Belgium’s Continental Cargo Carriers

8 Europa Worldwide Group has

acquired Oostende-based part and full load operator, Continental Cargo Carriers. Europa’s managing director,

Andrew Baxter, said it would strengthen the Dartford-based groupage specialist’s part load service to and from the UK. He said: “This acquisition is not about Europa expanding outside of the UK market. It is about strengthening our offering to and from the UK. He said the acquisition will not

affect any of Europa’s existing groupage partnerships, including in Belgium where its groupage

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the UK operation will be integrated with Europa. Baxter added that he would

like to complete “a couple of acquisitions of this size a year for the next few years – continuing to strengthen our offering across all of our four divisions.” CCC currently operates

270 trailers, runs a 4000sq m warehouse and employs over 100 people in Belgium, the UK and the Czech Republic. Europa Road has meanwhile

operation will remain unchanged. He added: “Our aspiration is for

all of CCC’s team to stay in place.” CCC had a proven track record

Xpediator buys in Essex and Southampton

Xpediator has acquired fellow freight firm Anglia Forwarding Group for an initial cash payment £1.5 million, a further £700,000 payment at completion and a deferred cash consideration of up to £2.0 million contingent on profits by May 2020. Anglia is headquartered

in Rainham, Essex and has branches in Birmingham, Felixstowe, and Heathrow airport.

Delamode. Anglia Forwarding Group

Established 40 years

ago, it offers sea and air freight services to the US, China and Europe, along with European road routes, operated under the Delamode brand name. On completion, the enlarged

Xpediator Group will operate from ten sites in the UK together with 11 European offices employing 781 people. It is the parent company of East European specialist forwarder

chief executive, Peter Tough, said: “Since its foundation in 1971, Anglia has grown to be a highly successful international forwarder offering a high standard of service to clients. By becoming part of Xpediator Group we will be able to make use of being part of a larger group to expand our business and provide additional services to our existing client base.” Xpediator chief executive,

Stephen Blyth, commented: “Anglia Forwarding is an exciting addition to the Xpediator Group, which will significantly strengthen our air and sea freight operations as well as add complementary European road routes. We will be able to offer Anglia’s customers the complete range of our services,

Bigger ships to boost Seatruck space

Seatruck Ferries is to increase capacity on its Warrenpoint to Heysham route by 30%, or 30,000 trailers a year, by deploying two larger freight ferries on the route later this summer. The four-deck 2012-built

Seatruck Precision and Seatruck Performance will replace the current three-deck vessels, operating a twice daily service between the ports. Chief executive Alistair Eagles, “Adding larger ships to the


Warrenpoint route is the next logical step for Seatruck and I have no doubt that it will be very popular providing more unaccompanied trailer space to our growing customer base, as the industry seeks solutions to the ongoing driver shortage.” He added that the larger vessels

underlined the need for the Southern Relief Road to connect Warrenpoint Port directly to the main Belfast-Dublin motorway. Seatruck says that its

and a solid customer base, Baxter explained. Its Belgium transport and Czech trucking operations will be more or less unaffected, but

especially warehousing and fulfilment which we believe can add significantly to the Anglia business.” He said that Anglia’s air freight

office at Heathrow, combined with its longstanding position as global partner to United Shipping since 1988 “will be a valuable addition to the Group and will significantly increase our access into the key markets of America and China.” Later, on 9 July, Xpediator said

it planned to buy Southampton- based Import Services Limited (ISL) for about £12 million. The acquisition will add

about 40,000sq m to Xpediator’s portfolio and will complement the Group’s operations in Felixstowe. Xpediator chief executive Stephen Blyth said:

“ISL…is a

well- established, profitable business which is operating in complementary but sufficiently distinct areas to add to both Xpediator’s profitability and service capabilities. ISL’s position

unaccompanied trailer volumes have risen by more than 250% since 2007. In Heysham, Peel Ports has

recently invested £10m in a new loading ramp.

launched a daily road service between its Dartford hub and Rennes, its fourth line into France. International logistics provider Ziegler is Europa Road’s local partner, building on its existing relationship with Europa in Colmar and Lyon.

within the Port of Southampton, in particular, is a significant commercial advantage upon which the enlarged group can expand. “It is a natural fit with our business, as there is scope to combine our existing facilities in Southampton, expand our capabilities around port services and provides an opportunity to occupy a further 20,000sq m of warehousing space in the future.” He told FBJ: “We can offer a

good spread of services in air, sea and road. The acquisition of Anglia gave us a presence in Felixstowe and now ISL gives us a presence in Southampton too.” ISL itself

also once had a

presence in London Gateway aſter it was appointed by DP World to operate and manage its Common User Facility which opened in mid-2015. However, volumes failed to materialise, said Blyth, and the company henceforth concentrated on its existing operations in Southampton.

The deployment of the two

larger FSG series vessels will free up the current two P series ships built in 2008. Seatruck is currently examining various redeployment options for these vessels.

CMA to buy Containerships

CMA CGM Group is to acquire Container Finance, owner of Finnish-headquartered intra- European shipping operator, Containerships, subject to regulatory approval. Containerships has a strong

presence in the Baltics, Russia, Northern Europe, North Africa and Turkey and also offers

services by truck, rail and barge. CMA CGM said it would

complement CMA CGM and its affiliate MacAndrews’ service. AS FBJ went to pres,

speculation was meanwhile rising that CMA CGM is planning to mount a bid for German-based global container giant, Hapag- Lloyd.

///NEWS News Roundup

DFDS has ended one of Ireland’s few remaining container rail services, from the port of Waterford and Ballina, Co Mayo. The Danish operator pulled the plug on the operation at the end of May, saying that there was insufficient volume.

Transport and logistics firm Eddie Stobart is to acquire the 106-member UK and Ireland pallet network TPN for up to £52.8 million. TPN operates the UK’s second largest pallet system from three central hubs in Minworth, Preston and Northampton to a total of 121 depots.

The Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Bill returned to the House of Lords on 4 July for consideration of Commons amendments. Members discussed subjects including accidents involving trailers, safety testing of trailers and the registration of trailers in Northern Ireland. As both Houses have agreed on the text of the bill it now awaits Royal Assent and become law but a date is yet to be scheduled.

DB Cargo UK chief executive Hans-Georg Werner has been appointed chairman of the Rail Delivery Group Freight Board, an industry forum that exists to deliver leadership and strategic direction to the industry. The Board’s strategic priorities for 2018 include ensuring sustainable track access charges, the development of the HS2 high speed line and strategic freight capacity on the UK network.

Forwarder Damco has launched a new block train service in India for US retailer William Sonoma International. It operates from an inland container depot in Delhi, to Pipavav on the west coast.

DB Schenker and partners MAN Truck & Bus and Hochschule Fresenius University have put two digitally networked (‘platooned’) trucks into operation from Neufahrn near Munich via the A9 to Nuremberg. Unladen trials will be carried out until early August aſter which the platoons will make daily commercial trips.

The Railport Antwerp joint initiative between the port authority, the Leſt Bank Development Corporation and the industry associations Essenscia Vlaanderen and VOKA-Alfaport is to expand its activities with the aim of doubling the proportion of rail transport in the port of Antwerp over the next few years. It has also appointed Nils van Vliet as chief executive. Rail currently accounts for less than 7% of freight transport in the port.

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Freight has achieved a record half-year with more than 845,000 trucks transported since 1 January. With 142,016 trucks transported in June 2018, it also recorded the best June in its history, beating the previous record in June 2016.

The Campaign for Better Transport has welcomed the granting of planning permission at Redbridge, Southampton for freight sidings to allow longer freight trains to and from the port. It says that it would boost capacity on the existing 20 daily freight trains by 45% as part of a wider scheme to allow 775 metre trains.

News Roundup Customs & Trade

The World Customs Organization (WCO) has re-elected incumbent secretary general, Kunio Mikuriya, for a further five-year term from 1 January 2019. He pledged to continue to realize the WCO’s vision of modernization and connectivity.

The Dubai Trade World (DT World) arm of port and logistics operator DP World has set up an electronic trade portal to make trade easier for businesses in the Dominican Republic. DT World will provide its ‘Mawani’ system that connects logistics services onto one platform, as well as management and consultancy services to DR Trade – a new joint venture company formed by DP World Caucedo and the Haina International Terminal.

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