DFDS to Invest €1 billion in electric ships for English Channel sailings

A DFDS ferry

Shipping company DFDS will make an investment of €1 billion (US$1.09 billion) in battery electric vessels to help reduce emissions caused by maritime traffic in the English Channel. The investment covers six ferries that will be deployed on the Dunkirk-Dover and Calais-Dover routes to carry...


DP World protest against P&O sackings

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch

Maritime union RMT will be joining protesters outside the Dubai owned company HQ on Thursday 21 April at 5pm.

Organised by the International Transport Federation in London outside the offices of DP World, 16 Palace Street London SW1E 5JQ, RMT activists will be keeping up their “Fair Ferries campaign” and calling for the re-instatement of all 800 sacked seafarers.

ITF inspectors who were scheduled to investigate welfare issues at the Port of Dover earlier this week...


P&O Ferries: ITF inspectors blocked from checking on crew welfare

Nautilus International and the ITF are calling on the UK government to intervene, after inspectors seeking to ensure the welfare of seafarers were denied access to P&O Ferries vessels in the Port of Dover.

In an almost unprecedented move for the UK, officials at the port yesterday refused to allow inspectors working for the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) to access the vessels. They were visiting the port to investigate welfare issues raised by replacement crew members on P&O...


As Dover breathes, truck traffic rises and falls – but don’t go on Tuesday

Truck queues at the UK’s major ro-ro port in Dover diminished today, from 282 lorries waiting on the A20 dual-carriageway yesterday to 189 at around 11am.
The Loadstar’s fact-finding mission to Dover has shone a light on the local traffic management system, Dover Traffic Access Protocol, known locally as the Dover TAP, which comes into use periodically.
Although much has been made in the media about the Dover Tap and the queues …

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DFDS reports return of freight through Dover after pre-Brexit stock-building

Following a dip in freight volumes in December, ferry operator DFDS reports truck crossings on Dover to Calais and Dunkirk routes have increased and could surpass January 2020 and 2019 figures.
According to the carrier, December cargo volumes, adjusted to account for route changes, were down 9.8% on the same month of 2020, but up 17% compared with 2019.
“The decrease in total volumes compared with 2020 was entirely due to lower …

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Older reefer ships reactivated as SA seasonal exports come under pressure

South African exports are coming under pressure due to increased congestion and a lack of available reefer containers.
This has had several knock-on effects, including bringing older-style bulk reefer vessels out of retirement.
Congestion brought on by the same phenomena as is affecting supply chains elsewhere, has been compounded by inclement summer weather, which has denied access to truck traffic and ruined schedules and bookings – vessels reportedly face average wait times …

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Cross-Channel Ferry Operators Inks Charter Space Agreement

  • DFDS and P&O Ferries have entered into a mutual space charter agreement on the Dover-Calais route.
  • The agreement is for shortening freight customers’ waiting times and improving the flow of traffic across this vital arterial trade link between the UK and the EU.

According to an article published in The Load Star, Cross-channel ferry operators DFDS and P&O Ferries have entered into a mutual space charter agreement on the Dover-Calais route to shorten freight customers’ waiting times and improve...


Brexit? No problem on our side, says Port of Calais Boulogne chairman

Port Boulogne Calais chairman Jean-Marc Puissesseau hopes the phasing-in of additional UK border checks will be as “smooth” as the initial transition into the post-Brexit trading environment.  
He told The Loadstar the French gateway had experienced “no problems” since the end of transition period on 31 December.  
Mr Puissesseau said: “At the very start of January, around 45% of trucks coming from the UK were being asked to park and go through additional checks, but this is down to about 12%, …


Digital simulation predicts 20-day wait in 70,000-truck queue to Dover

Truckers heading to the port of Dover once post-Brexit volumes recover could find themselves stuck for up to 20 days in 70,000-long truck queue.
That is unless new infrastructure is built, extra staff hired and considerable cargo volumes diverted to other ports, according to new modelling undertaken by Simul8.
It says if truck check-in times increase to 20 minutes at Dover, which would put it in line with non-EU member customs policy, …

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Urgent Dover review needed as new freight rules are applied

Logistics UK, the former Freight Transport Association, has branded the UK Government’s response to the closure of the border between the UK and France for two days as embarrassing.

In a letter to the transport minister Lord Agnew, Logistics UK said that the response to the closure of the French border on 21 December was chaotic and called for an urgent review of traffic management and welfare arrangements for HGV drivers following the scenes of disorganisation over the period of the closure and...


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