January 2018

Forth Road Bridge to reopen to public transport

The Forth Road Bridge (FRB) is due to reopen for walkers, cyclists and public transport users.

The bridge will offer dedicated lanes for buses and taxis between the M9 near Newbridge and Halbeath in Fife, officials said.

Routes for walking and cycling across the bridge will also be opened, giving pedestrians and bikers a cleaner and quieter crossing, free from car traffic.

The routes are all set to open on Thursday.

The new bridge for cars and other vehicles across the Firth of Forth – the £1.35 billion Queensferry Crossing – was opened by the Queen in September.

It is officially becoming a motorway, meaning some forms of transport cannot use the crossing and require the alternative route across the water.

The Queensferry Crossing opened last year (Jane Barlow/PA)The Queensferry Crossing opened last year (Jane Barlow/PA)


“The original decision allowed us to substantially reduce the cost of the overall project by retaining the FRB, therefore reducing the size and cost of the new bridge.”

John Lauder, national director of Sustrans Scotland, said: “The reopening of the Forth Road Bridge as a sustainable transport corridor is a hugely positive development that sets a precedent within Scotland and acts as an example to the rest of the UK.”

Boluda Lines expands freight, ro-ro and project cargo logistics services in Northern Europe with strategic alliances

The Boluda Corporación Marítima[1] shipping company offers multimodal services and specialized equipment in its weekly connection with Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany.

Boluda Lines, the Boluda Corporación Marítima shipping company providing comprehensive transportation and international goods management services, has again committed to strengthen and expand dry and reefer freight distribution, project cargo and ro-ro logistic services with Northern Europe, thus retaining its position as a business leader in the international maritime sector, with nearly 200 years of experience.

Boluda Lines expands freight, ro-ro and project cargo logistics services in Northern Europe with strategic alliances Caption: The “BEATRIZ B”, one of the container ships of Boluda Lines – Image courtesy of Boluda

The company has established a series of strategic alliances with maritime companies operating in France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, expanding the services it provides to customers on the North Atlantic Line, with new destinations and services. The commercial line offers a weekly maritime transport service.

These accords have allowed Boluda Lines to open new routes, connecting the ports where it operates in Spain and Portugal with these five Northern European countries, at the same time connecting them with the Canary Islands and Cape Verde, and with countries on the west coast of Africa such as Senegal and Mauritania.

Thanks to these strategic alliances, the Boluda Corporación Marítima shipping company has strengthened the team’s potential to provide diverse multimodal solutions, specialized equipment and also establish a new trade network via the commercial agents in those countries.

Strategic agreements have been reached with commercial agents from the Belgian company DKT Allseas, the French company Sas Le Havre, DKT Allseas in the United Kingdom, German company Peter W. Lampke GmbH & co. KG, as well as the Dutch company Slavenburg & Huyser bv.

In addition to strengthening this commercial line with Northern Europe, Boluda Corporación Marítima’s shipping division has 45 offices worldwide and operates shipping lines connecting the Iberian Peninsula with the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Italy, the west coast of Africa and Cape Verde.

Boluda Lines has a fleet of 12,000 containers of more than 30 different types able to transport all kinds of freight, as well as 2,200 high-tech High Cube reefer containers to transport refrigerated or frozen products, a specialization of the company. It also provides port logistics services through Boluda Maritime Terminals in Las Palmas, Seville, Vilagarcía de Arousa and Fuerteventura, and offers project cargo services. In addition, it provides air and land transportation, comprehensive logistics, international freight forwarding, shipping agent, chartering, customs management and consulting services.

Source: Boluda


  1. ^ Boluda Corporación Marítima (www.boluda.com.es)

AA Cargo launches new routes as it eyes freight from the Balkans

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American Airlines Cargo is eyeing Balkan exports as it opens new routes in Europe.

The carrier is launching new services from Philadelphia to Budapest, and Prague; Chicago O’Hare to Venice; and Dallas/Fort Worth to Reykjavik in April, May and June.

“If you check your atlas, you’ll see Ljubljana is only 130km from Venice with Zagreb only 350km away,” said Richard Hartmann, regional sales manager for SAMEA and southern Europe.

“We looked at it a few years ago, but now we have the opportunity to work with a GSA. There are a number of trucks going up and down the Danube, it’s quite intense. That freight would normally go to Austria and Germany, but we are looking at it differently.

“Budapest and Prague are already established markets, but we will be looking at business down the Danube corridor. Lots of business already goes to the forwarder gateway in Germany, but our hope is for better transit times and a better value proposition. And there is a lack of capacity out of Germany at the moment.”

It will be AA’s second flight into Venice, which will help the carrier develop RFS services.

“It’s a bit of an effort, doing all the trucking, but having two flights offers more opportunity,” pointed out Mr Hartmann. “Venice is a strong market in its own right too – it’s the second biggest Italian export region after Milan and specialises in sunglasses and other optical products.”

AA Cargo has teamed up with Balkan region specialist R-BAG, which predicts “decent tonnage” from Slovenia, from a range of exports including pharmaceuticals, gambling machines and other electrical goods.

“Slovenia is a little hi-tech bubble,” added Mr Hartmann.

Tonnage out of Croatia, predicted to be slightly less than Slovenia, will include various products such as pharma and automotive. R-Bag has scheduled trucking services across central and eastern Europe and strong relations with big forwarders, it said.

“We have got some stuff to get our teeth into here,” he said. “We are trying to establish sales in new markets in easy-to-reach places.” He added that the carrier was also setting up an offline service in Kuwait.

The Reykjavik route will be operated by a narrowbody, and will mostly concentrate on fish, added Mr Hartmann.

With capacity expected to be tight in air freight this year, AA said it was seeing demand for longer-term contracts and booked space agreements as forwarders try to lock in capacity.

EMEA chief Tristan Koch said: “The market is really strong still and everyone wants to lock in price and capacity.

“Perhaps we lose a little that way, if the market gets strong, but our business is built around stability and long-term relationships. We don’t rip up contracts if there isn’t any space. And in down times – and there seem to be more of them – we keep higher load factors as our customers stay loyal.”


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North-Western Shipping Company carried 5.8 mln t of cargo in 2017, up 3.5% Y-o-Y

In January-December 2017, the volume of shipments undertaken by vessels of North-Western Shipping Company[1] (NWSC, a company of UCL Holding[2]) increased by 3.5%, year-on-year, to 5.8 million tons, the company says in a press release.

Approximately 1.9 million tons (which equals to 33%) of the shipping overall was conducted by the new vessels of NWSC – 10 vessels of DCV36 project (lead ship – “Amethyst”) and 7 vessels of RSD49 “Neva-Leader” project.

The following shipments were conducted by the vessels of NWSC: 2.2 million tons of grain (+22%, year-on-year), 1.0 million tons of ferrous metal (+11%), 0.86 million tons of chemical and mineral fertilizers (+10%), 0.7 million tons of coal (+13%), 0.15 million tons of non-ferrous metals (-65%), 0.16 million tons of timber (-64%), 0.74 million tons of other types of cargo.

According to the statement, a major increase of grain and coal shipping was caused by refocusing of the fleet to transportation of those types of cargo amid favorable market conditions. Increase of ferrous material shipping was caused by revival of that cargo shipping from the Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg[3] to the ports of Baltic States and Poland. An increase of fertilizers shipping was caused by an increase of production of that kind of cargo at the markets of countries of the Baltic and North Seas. A decrease of volume of non-ferrous metals cargo shipping was caused by the switch of several of NWSC vessels to more profitable contracts. A decrease of timber cargo shipping was caused by the reduction of processing of Russian round timber in Finland.

The majority of shipping – more than 4.6 million tons which equals to 80% of the overall volume – was formed by export cargo of the shipping company, its quantity growing by 13%. The majority of the exported range of items was formed by grain cargo, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, coal, chemical and mineral fertilizers, timber.

The transportation between foreign ports equaled to 0.7 million tons which forms 17% of the overall volume, thus showing a 10% growth.

The volume of import cargo shipping of the shipping company fell by 34% to 0.1 million tons, which was caused by general reduction of import to Russia from the European countries. The import ratio in the general volume of traffic equaled to 1.7% during 9 months of the year of 2017.

Intra-Russian domestic shipping was almost not performed during covered period.

North-Western Shipping Company[4], is the largest carrier in the Russian system of waterways, specializing on the export and import shipping of bulk, general and project cargoes, towages of oversized cargo and crafts. The company provides a full range of transport services on the inland waterways of Russia and international sea traffic. The company operates a fleet of 47 river/sea class vessels, 10 sea class vessels and 3 Ro-Ro «river-sea» barges. Total deadweight of the Company’s fleet is 288,000 tonnes. About 70% of the fleet was built between 2002 and 2013. Average age of the company’s fleet is 16.5 y.o. The company transports about 5 mln t of cargo per year.

NWSC is part of VBTH – a shipping division of the international transport group UCL Holding that consolidates several Russian shipping, railway, stevedore and logistics companies. The division also comprises Volga Shipping Company, V.F.Tanker and a number of shipbuilding assets.


  1. ^ North-Western Shipping Company (en.portnews.ru)
  2. ^ UCL Holding (www.uclholding.com)
  3. ^ OJSC “Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg” (en.portnews.ru)
  4. ^ North-Western Shipping Company (en.portnews.ru)

Lufthansa Cargo buys into US-based online freight services marketplace

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Lufthansa Cargo has taken a stake in Fleet, a US-based online marketplace for freight services.

The move is indicative of a developing trend within the wider logistics community that sees major players investing in tech start-ups.

The German flag-carrier said its acquisition of shares in Fleet was part of a “strategic commitment” towards improving airfreight’s “digital maturity level”.

However, the airline would not confirm the number of shares purchased, or if the deal was linked to Logistics Tech Accelerator, founded via LC’s partnership with RocketSpace in 2016.

Chief executive of Lufthansa Cargo Peter Gerber said Fleet was a “perfect match” for the carrier.

“The company combines innovative, visionary thinking with a strong intrinsic motivation to improve air cargo booking, shipping efficiency and customer experience,” he said.

“We expect substantial learning with regard to our product and service portfolio, and we are sure Lufthansa Cargo and Fleet will mutually benefit from sharing concepts and ideas.”

Lufthansa has also acquired a seat on Fleet’s board, which will be filled by Lufthansa Cargo chief commercial officer Alexis von Hoensbroech.

A statement from the carrier said it recognised the sizeable inroads start-ups were making into the logistics industry, with traditional operators recognising the threat posed.

“Recently, a large number of start-ups pushed into the logistics industry, upgrading connectivity between various players of global air cargo supply chains. Consequently, traditional logistics companies have become aware of the opportunities they can realise by investing into new digital business models.

This year Kuehne + Nagel signed an MoU with Tamesek Holdings. With the Singapore-based investment fund, the forwarder will look to invest in technologies including AI, automation and blockchain systems. According to The Business Times, the two have a “50:50 partnership” in the joint venture.

Lufthansa’s latest investment is not its first flirtation with disruptive technology, describing its 2016 partnership with RocketSpace as a “pre-emptive” move.

The carrier’s vp of digitisation, Boris Huske, told The Loadstar at the time that there was a “lack of digitisation” and investment in IT solutions within the logistics industry.

Several months later IAG launched a platform for start-up disruptive technology companies to work with it to create new solutions. Together with investor L Marks, IAG’s Hangar 51 supports entrepreneurs with ideas and technology to “transform” aviation and “revolutionise the customer experience”.

It offers a 10-week programme to help start-ups enter aviation and trial their products, allowing them to develop quickly. In October it announced that seven start-ups had been selected to take part in its second 10-week programme.


  1. ^ (theloadstar.co.uk)

Global Heavy Trucks Market Report 2018 & Profiles of the Major Truck Manufacturers Including their Strategies and Prospects

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  1. ^ “Global Heavy Trucks Market” (www.researchandmarkets.com)
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Estonian Railways registers 1% drop in freight volumes in 2017

Cargoes transported on the infrastructure of the state owned Estonian railway infrastructure company Estonian Railways in 2017 totaled 12.4 million tons, which is 1% less than the year before, while cargo volume in December rose 14.7% to 1.3 million tons, writes LETA/BNS.


“I am glad to note that the cargo volumes of Estonian Railways remained virtually at the same level compared to the previous year and the final half of the year showed an increase. Even though it was not possible to stop the drop in the cargo volumes of goods in transit, we achieved a significantly better result than planned thanks to the continued growth in local and export carriage as well as passenger carriage,” Estonian Railways CEO Erik Laidvee said in a press release.

Transit shipments made up 61% of all carriage transported on the infrastructure of Estonian Railways and totaled 7.6 million tons, Estonian Railways said. Carriage volumes decreased 5.5% on year. Local shipments grew 12.4% to 3.2 million tons.

Import shipments fell 6.3% to 1.3 million tons, while export shipments rose 23% to 260,000 tons.

The number of passengers rose 7.4% on year, which means that altogether 7.4 million people used the train as a means of transport. Altogether 7.3 million people used the trains as local transport, 7.4% more than the year before, while 105,300 people, 3.5% more than the year before, used the passenger train for international transport.

IATA: Air cargo remains strong in November with 8.8% growth

Air cargo demand has remained strong in November with 8.8 per cent growth despite indicators suggesting the peak of cyclical growth the passed, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) says.

The association says the uptick in freight growth coincides with the traditional period of strong demand seen in the fourth quarter, with November’s performance putting the air cargo industry back on track to achieve its strongest operational and financial performance since the post-global financial crisis rebound in 2010.

It says the Purchasing Managers Index for manufacturing and export orders, which has tracked sideways for much of 2017, reached a seven-year high in the fourth quarter signifying that growth is carrying momentum into 2018.

IATA director general and chief executive officer, Alexandre de Juniac says: “Air freight demand remains robust. November showed 8.8% year-on-year growth, keeping up the momentum that will make 2017 the strongest year for air cargo since 2010.

And there are several indicators that 2018 will be a good year as well. In particular, buoyant consumer confidence, the growth of international e-commerce and the broad-based global economic upturn are cause for optimism as we head into the New Year.”

Growth remained strongest in Africa, up 17.5 per cent though capacity increased 24 per cent, pushing down load factors 1.4 percentage points to 25.9 per cent.

Europe was second, up 9.9 per cent with concerns that the recent strengthening of the euro might have affected the region’s exporters have not materialised, with manufacturers’ export orders growing at their fastest pace on record.

North America was up 9.6 per cent with the strength of the US economy and US dollar improving the demand for inbound freight, and the recently agreed US tax reform bill may also help support growth in the period ahead.

Latin America continues to recover with growth of 9.4 per cent in November, with the pick-up of demand coming from improvements in Brazil, helping seasonally adjusted volumes return to levels seen at the end of 2014.

Asia-Pacific grew by 8.1 per cent with manufacturers continuing to enjoy buoyant export order books and major exporters in China and Japan reporting rising demand supported by a pick-up in economic activity in Europe and a continued solid performance from the US.

The Middle East had to lowest growth for the second time in three months, rising 6.6 per cent, though seasonally adjust volumes are strong and load factors have increased substantially on routes to and from the Middle East to North America.