Issue 4 2021 - Freight Business Journal


Truckers must not carry the can for stowaways, says Logistics UK

Plans for Mossend International Railfreight Park (MIRP) have been approved by North Lanarkshire Council. MIRP will provide 2.2m sq ſt of logistics space and Scotland’s first 775-metre electric rail

terminal, able to handle 16 trains a day. The Phase 1 application covers

detailed proposals and layout including cross docking transit building, secondary buildings

plus electric automated overhead gantry cranes and associated infrastructure. The development includes

the new Railfreight Terminal and Railfreight Park plus a new A8 road access. MIRP director David Stirling the

described approval as “a

major milestone in advancing the Mossend International Railfreight Park and providing a modern multi-modal logistics solution...The development as a whole involves £260 million of investment over a number of phases and provides some

200,000sq m of low

carbon, distribution, logistics and manufacturing space.”

Geest Line sold to rivals

Seatrade Group and Jamaica Producers (JP) Group are to jointly acquire fellow Caribbean shipping operator Geest Line. Seatrade, headquartered in Curacao, specialises in reefer shipping services. JP, headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica, has interests in Caribbean logistics services, port terminal operations, specialty food and drink production and agribusiness. Geest Line will continue to

operate independently and look for further opportunities to extend its trade. It added that

the acquisition was “a positive development”. President of Seatrade,

Yntze Buitenwerf and JP chief executive, Jeffrey Hall, noted in a joint statement: “Geest Line is a company with a rich history of delivering excellent service to its customers on both sides of the Atlantic over the

last 65 years. We look

forward to working alongside Captain Peter Dixon, Geest Line managing director, and his highly professional team in the UK as we continue this legacy and support Geest’s next stage of growth.”

Building business without the trucks

Forth Ports Tilbury has signed a deal with Tarmac to build the UK’s largest construction aggregates terminal as part of the

£250 million Tilbury2 scheme. The multimodal terminal will use the latest technology to discharge the world’s largest

deep-sea vessels and deliver materials by rail into Central

London without the use of heavy road haulage.

Associated British Ports (ABP) is offering additional covered and external storage at its Garston site, near Liverpool. Since November 2020, ABP has been working to acquire 230,000sq ft of covered and nine acres of open storage, historically used by shipping and logistics group Armitt. ABP

will invest over £4.5 million to enhance the facilities, providing additional bulk and breakbulk space. As part of the agreement, Armitt Group will continue to provide vessel agency services, cargo management and outbound logistics for some customers in Garston.

Hauliers and drivers who are unwitting victims of people- smuggling gangs should not be penalised if they have taken all precautions to protect their vehicles, said Logistics UK in response to the government’s consultation, New Plan for Immigration, that closed on 6 May. Government plans

would see changes to the penalties under the Clandestine

Entrant Civil

Penalty Regime whereby drivers and hauliers can be automatically fined up to £2,000 per migrant found on

board a vehicle irrespective of their compliance with security schemes. Policy manager Chris

Yarsley, said: “It is vital that government recognises the regulated, industry standard schemes already in place, such as AEOS and Customs Seals which demonstrate that hauliers

have implemented

opposes the proposal


strong security measures.” Logistics UK strongly government’s to expand

the existing penalty scheme to any with

haulier illegal found migrant in their vehicle, regardless

of their compliance with load security standards or accreditation schemes. Yarsley added that the

detection systems used in ports are not fully effective and it is unrealistic to expect hauliers and drivers to plug any gaps left by government agencies. The proposals could also deter businesses from bringing goods into the UK and reduce the attractiveness of HGV driving as a career option, at a time when the industry is suffering deeply from a worker shortage.

Maersk to run daily Felixstowe-Sheffield train

GB Railfreight (GBRf) has signed a new two-year deal with AP Moller–Maersk to operate a daily service from Felixstowe to Newell & Wright’s new terminal

in Tinsley, Sheffield. The new service will incorporate five new eco-fret 2 wagons that GBRf has recently procured from VTG.

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