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Abu Dhabi port expansion on track


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Abu Dhabi Ports says that phase 1 of its Khalifa Port expansion is on pace for completion in the first quarter of 2021. The scheme will provide additional deep- water access and enhanced infrastructure. To date, 200 metres of quay wall and almost 175,000sq m of land have been handed over, despite the Covid pandemic. Five new 90-tonne capacity ship-to-shore cranes have also been delivered to Abu Dhabi Terminals. Arabian Chemical Terminals


recently signed a 50-year agreement to establish the first commercial bulk liquid and gas storage terminal at Khalifa Port with 16-metre direct deep- water quay access.


Miniver is a bicycle ambulance rider with the MAMaZ Against Malaria programme, Zambia


In times like these, functioning supply chains are more important than ever.


We have never been prouder to be a part of the transport and logistics industry. From keeping


supermarket shelves stocked to delivering vital medicines, the industry’s response to meet the demands of the Covid-19 pandemic has been truly incredible.


Transaid is also rising to the challenge by helping rural Zambian communities like Miniver’s tackle Covid-19.


Join our journey: transaid.org Registered charity number 1072105. Patron: HRH The Princess Royal.


Issue 7 2020 - Freight Business Journal


///NEWS


Port of Middlesbrough keeps mine project on time


Local freight logistics specialists AV Dawson’s Port of Middlesbrough is importing a kilometre of tunnel segments for Anglo American’s Woodsmith Project on the North Yorkshire Moors, in partnership with heavyliſt forwarder FH Bertling. The Woodsmith Project,


which was recently taken over by Anglo American, has been manufacturing tunnel segments in a purpose built plant at Wilton International in Redcar to build a 35km tunnel that will carry polyhalite fertilizer from a new mine to the River Tees for export. However, the pace of


construction meant that segments are required faster than they could be produced at Wilton, so some have been imported from Sassnitz, Germany to keep up with the tunnel boring machine. The segments were


transported as a break- bulk cargo, with each stack individually lashed and


Smart Freight portal ‘will be delivered on time’ says Gove


The government is insisting that the Smart Freight portal will be operating in time for Brexit at the end of the year, despite doubts expressed over its readiness by the industry. The portal will be used to


ensure that trucks have the correct customs documentation in place before proceeding to the port of loading. It will ensure that vehicles without the correct paperwork do not clog up busy ports such as Dover. Earlier in the year, reports


were circulating that the Smart Freight system was unlikely to be fully operational by the end of the year with only the Beta anticipated for launch in mid- December. However, Under Secretary


of State Rachel Maclean told Transport Committee on 9 September that while the timeframe for development of the Smart Freight was tight, it was “on track”, despite the known difficulties of developing government IT systems. She said that hauliers would need


to register with the system and operators of trucks that failed to do so could face fines of up to £300. Later, on 13 October, Minister


of state for Brexit preparedness, Lord Agnew told the Treasury Select Committee that Smart Freight had entered beta testing. The Government will


contact hauliers in the UK and EU directly, running targeted


advertising and publishing an updated haulier handbook translated into relevant


EU


languages. It will also open a Border


Impact Centre by the end of the year to bring together government and key stakeholders. It would provide information on flows on routes between GB and the Continent and manage any disruption.


News Roundup


Forth Ports has appointed Ian Wilson as


intermodal and logistics development


Road & Rail


manager to focus on the rail offering in Tilbury and Grangemouth. He previously worked for Eddie Stobart for 20 years in a number of roles, latterly as business development manager in the rail freight division.


Eurotunnel operator Getlink has appointed Sharon Flood as a director. She is a financial expert with knowledge of the railway sector, and replaces Philippe Vasseur, who has agreed to terminate his mandate early aſter twelve years on the Board.


Le Shuttle Freight traffic in September was up 2% on the same month in 2019, said Eurotunnel operator Getlink. It follows a sustained recovery from the Covid crisis during the summer; during August trucks transported were 7% below the levels seen in August 2019.


secured to the floor of the


vessel, unloaded at Port of Middlesbrough with onward


transport to the construction site provided by AV Dawson’s road transport team.


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