Entries by Joanne Golding

Shipping first for the Arctic

Following on from our article concerning Chinas expansion into the Arctic, this week there has been a first for shipping, as the first commercial tanker crosses the Arctic sea route in winter.   Thawing polar ice in the region of Russia’s Northern Coastline means that this could be a viable option of increasing maritime trade […]

Air freight volumes at their strongest year of growth since 2010

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released full-year 2017 data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) grew by 9.0%. This was more than double the 3.6% annual growth recorded in 2016.   Air cargo’s strong performance in 2017 was sealed by a solid result in December. Year-on-year demand […]

China longing for a Polar Silk Road

Following on from their Silk Road direct link, China are now looking to capitalise on a Polar version. The first silk road train from China to Britain arrived in February of last year – (see our news post at that time for more information) China now plans to create a Polar Silk Road of new […]

HoneyBadger Rugby 7s Team

We are proud sponsors of the HoneyBadger Rugby 7s Team Team HoneyBadger is an open invitational 7’s team, based in NW London. 3 years old, they have evolved from a social side, winning silverware in 4 tournaments in 2015, to an Open squad. In May 2016 they won the Open Competition of the Middx 7s, […]

Costs are rising at Port of Southampton

According to The Loadstar, Hauliers and logistics operators are warning UK shippers and consignees using the country’s second busiest container gateway, Southampton, of higher land side rates, as costs rise as a result of growing box congestion. The congestion has been a longer term effect of the  new alliance structure, which came into effect in April 2017. It was […]

Calmer seas for world Shipping in 2018

The 2018 marine forecast for transpacific and other major shipping trade routes notes that full recovery depends on a number of political, economic and technological factors. China is also a concern.  “I know analysts have been harping on about it for years,” said Transport Intelligence Ltd. economist David Buckby, “but I think given what the […]

Changes to the London Gateway network

London Gateway is to lose one of its Asia-Europe services next year after THE Alliance partners unveiled their network plans for 2018. The five Asia-North Europe services will remain largely unchanged, other than in the UK where one call has been switched from London Gateway to Southampton. Hamburg and Rotterdam will both retain five weekly […]

Heathrow at Christmas

Heathrow has released new data revealing the wide array and surprising volumes of seasonal exports that fly in the bellyhold of planes in the months leading up to Christmas.   Over 143 million kilograms of Christmas cargo is expected to fly via Heathrow to the world in the month leading up to December 25th, a record […]

Air Freight up 5.9% in October – a strong start for Q4

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 5.9% in October 2017 compared to the year-earlier period.  This was a slowdown from the 9.2% annual growth recorded in September 2017 but still exceeded the average annual growth rate of […]