Walsh and Port of Tilbury in 20-year deal to build major new freight hubs

London river, road and rail freight solutions provider Walsh has signed a 20-year agreement with the Port of Tilbury to help meet the capital’s demand for construction materials to be delivered sustainably.

Walsh said the deal will enable it to create two new freight hubs at the port – a logistics terminal with an aggregates processing plant, and a rail-linked freight facility.

Transporting aggregates by river and rail significantly reduces road miles and traffic congestion and represents a fraction of the carbon emissions of road haulage, it added.

Walsh will bring 400,000 tonnes of secondary aggregate into Tilbury by sea and river each year from china clay producer Imerys in Cornwall. This material – known as Cornish Granite – is a by-product of the china clay industry and is rated as one of the most sustainable aggregates available in the UK.

Walsh will move into 34 Berth at the port in March 2021 and will install a new multi-million pound processing plant to wash and grade the aggregate for supply to their customers across the South East.

Peter Ward, commercial director at The Port of Tilbury said: “Walsh are an important and long-standing customer and we are very pleased to be working with them on this strategic expansion and investment in their business. The Port of Tilbury has unrivalled multimodal transport connections and businesses located at the port which together create a construction hub that benefits everyone.

“This is a strong start to the year as we get underway with the economic recovery following the pandemic and Brexit impacts. This not only supports the UK government’s ‘Build Back Better’ recovery strategy but also creates greener supply chains using water-borne and rail transport.”

Walsh MD Joe Gifford said: “We’re delighted with this deal which further extends our river, rail and road network across the South East. It also puts Walsh in a unique position to meet London’s need for construction materials in the most sustainable way possible. With aggregate recycling at its maximum in the capital – a success story we’re also proud to be part of – our new partnership with the Port of Tilbury means we can bring in Cornish Granite that would otherwise be discarded and turn it into high-quality products to support London’s development and regeneration.”

Mark Faraway, senior commercial manager from The Port of Tilbury said: “Our rapidly expanding bulks business at the Port of Tilbury provides the vital elements to ensure an efficient and greener supply chain for our customers. We have long relationship with Walsh and we are happy that we can continue this for the next two decades.”

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London river, road and rail freight solutions provider Walsh has signed a 20-year agreement with the Port of Tilbury to help meet the capital’s demand for construction materials to be delivered sustainably. Walsh said the deal will enable it to create two new freight hubs at the port – a logistics terminal with an aggregates processing plant, and a rail-linked freight facility. Transporting aggregates by river and rail significantly reduces road miles and traffic congestion and represents a fraction of […]
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“Step up and improve your image,” youngest female transport manager CPC holder urges industry

The UK’s youngest female transport manager CPC holder has slammed the logistics sector for not doing enough to attract new recruits.

Twenty-year-old Molly Watson, project manager with Pallet-Track member Osborne Motor Transport in South Shields, said efforts to plug the skills gap, including attracting truck drivers, faces an uphill battle unless the industry addresses fundamental infrastructure issues such as reversing the lack of investment in truck stops and secure parking.

She said the sector’s unattractive reputation for long hours and poor staff services meant vancancies are unlikely to be filled, adding that many women who pass their tests don’t progress to jobs behind the wheel because of poor investment in hygiene factors at truck stops and service areas – an issue that also impacts management and operational roles.

“The whole industry needs to step up,” Watson claimed. “Too many truck stops have closed down and not been replaced and the sector desperately needs to improve its reputation and facilities to attract both men and women.

“I don’t think I would want to be a driver in the current climate as there are too many facilities to improve, such as showers.”

Watson, who is currently guiding her company to its FORS Bronze accreditation added: “This is a terrible shame as there are many great opportunities, but there is a lot of work to be done to make it safe, particularly around the issues such as the lack of showers and unsecured parking at night.”

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Osborne MD Richard Preston said: “Molly is clearly a very driven individual who is keen to grow with the business and she has certainly opened my eyes in terms of these issues, which those already in the industry have probably put up with over many years. Having the discipline to self-learn the transport manager course material and progress through and pass the exam is some feat!

“We’ve taken Molly on in a trainee management role and have given her the responsibility of delivering the ‘key projects’ element of our three-year business plan to modernise Osborne Motor Transport.”

Watson’s comments come as recruitment giant Monster released a study highlighting the logistics sector’s gender imbalance, where women currently account for only 13 per cent of the 850,000 UK workers in warehouse, logistics and delivery.

The online platform has launched a campaign to attract more women and challenge traditional perceptions.

It reports that women have a higher pass rate for the HGV licence test but account for fewer than 9& of people who take the test. Of the estimated 300,000 HGV drivers in the UK, fewer than 2% are women.

Derek Jenkins, general manager for Monster in UK and Ireland, said: “A career in the industry is one with a range of development possibilities for both men and women. Workers can spend time listening to podcasts and audio courses. They can also upskill to bigger trucks, specialist trucks or additional forklift skills. HGV driving is a smart career choice.

“We are in desperate need of pioneering women who can change the perception of the industry. This is a clear opportunity for a sector that, even with extended furlough and lockdown measures, is still struggling to fill open vacancies.”

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ArrowXL to deliver Concept2 gym equipment

ArrowXL has signed a deal with gym equipment provider Concept2 to handle the delivery of its product range to households across the UK.

It follows a substantial increase in demand since the start of the pandemic as people continue to turn to home fitness with gyms remaining closed.

ArrowXL will receive all orders into its Worcester hub before delivering items such as RowErgs, BikeErgs & SkiErgs. Depending on local lockdown rules all items will be taken to the customers’ room of choice for added convenience.

Concept2 customers will be able to choose when they want the item delivered using ArrowXL’s diary booking system, so customers can select their preferred delivery date.

All items will be fully tracked and regular communication from the ArrowXL customer team provided about the progress of the delivery.

Jake Evans, logistics manager at Concept2 said: “We were looking for a courier who could offer a more dependable service to our home delivery customers, specifically in terms of reliability and ability to offer a delivery window on a specified date. ArrowXL has so far exceeded our expectations.”

Craig Kavanagh, sales director at ArrowXL, said: “Concept2 sell premium gym equipment and wanted a delivery service to reflect this. The 2-man diary service that ArrowXL offer fulfils their requirement perfectly in terms of customer expectation and service.”

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Trakm8 joins Association of Fleet Professionals

Trakm8 has joined the recently formed Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) as a gold partner.

The company said it aimed to utilise its expertise in fleet management solutions and data-driven insights to offer expert advice to its members and help shape the future of the industry.

The AFP was launched this year following the merger of the Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO) and the Institute of Car Fleet Management (ICFM). The new combined organisation aims to give fleet decision makers a voice in the industry and improve the lobbying and training needs of its members.

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The AFP is made up of seven committees, covering government bodies and trade associations, light commercial vehicles, EVs, low carbon and alternative fuels, road use and planning, risk and compliance, future mobility steering and Covid-19.

Each committee will work as an ideas hub to improve fleet strategies, as well as policy and action, across government, the HMRC and the DVLA.

Peter Mansfield (pictured), group sales and marketing director at Trakm8, said: “We’re very excited to be joining the AFP, an organisation that shares our values of wanting to engage with the industry and identify areas where we can provide solutions that offer real change.

“We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the AFP and the positive impact this will bring to our industry.”

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Trakm8 has joined the recently formed Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) as a gold partner. The company said it aimed to utilise its expertise in fleet management solutions and data-driven insights to offer expert advice to its members and help shape the future of the industry. The AFP was launched this year following the merger of the Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO) and the Institute of Car Fleet Management (ICFM). The new combined organisation aims to give fleet decision […]
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Volta Trucks to roll out first electric vehicle later this year as order books value hits $260m

Volta Trucks said it hopes to roll out its first electric vehicle later this year after the value of its order books hit $260m.

The manufacturer also confirmed that a “significant number of additional vehicle orders are expected to be announced in the coming weeks”, after a successful commercial period of customer acquisition.

The first Volta Zero trucks are expected to be operating with customers in late 2021 following a round of funding in which $20m was secured from New York-based Luxor Capital Group.

The company now plans to scale and grow the business by expanding its team of engineers and commercial experts.

Sharp McGivaren of Luxor Capital, who will now sit on the Volta board, said: “Luxor Capital seeks to back transformative companies and management teams who can generate growth and value over the long term.”

“Volta Trucks started from first principles designing the Volta Zero and, as a result, has created an innovative vehicle that takes full advantage of electrification. We are confident customers will be delighted by Volta Trucks’ relentless focus on performance, efficiency, safety, and customer service. We look forward to helping establish Volta Trucks as a leading global electric truck brand,” said McGivaren.

Rob Fowler, chief executive of Volta Trucks, added: “This latest successful funding round for Volta Trucks is a milestone for the company and its development. We are a young and scaling company, and this investment gives us the ability to grow our teams of engineering and commercial specialists as we look ahead to the production of the first Volta Zero vehicles in 2021.”

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Volta Trucks said it hopes to roll out its first electric vehicle later this year after the value of its order books hit $260m. The manufacturer also confirmed that a “significant number of additional vehicle orders are expected to be announced in the coming weeks”, after a successful commercial period of customer acquisition. The first Volta Zero trucks are expected to be operating with customers in late 2021 following a round of funding in which $20m was secured from New York-based […]
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Give hauliers grants to cover cost of shipping empty trailers to Northern Ireland, Logistics UK tells ministers

Logistics UK met with key government members this week to demand hauliers be given grants to cover the cost of empty running created by Brexit border issues.

Chief executive David Wells met Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove MP, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis and transport secretary Grant Shapps to discuss the problems being faced by businesses trying to move freight across the Irish Sea.

Wells asked the ministers to consider making grant support available to hauliers affected by increased empty running, which has seen some hauliers shipping scores of empty trailers back to Northern Ireland since Brexit kicked in this month.

Logistics UK’s other key requests are that a Trusted Trader Scheme be set up to speed up Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) checks  and the creation of an advice line targeting SMEs to assist them in their preparations for moving goods.

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In addition, Logistics UK suggested that the proposed solution to the groupage issues experienced by those moving goods to NI be fully resourced with clear guidance for industry as soon as possible.

“With only five days between the confirmation of the Free Trade Agreement with the EU and the end of the Transition Period, it was always likely that businesses would be testing systems in real time from 1 January 2021.

In a statement, Logistics UK said: “This process has highlighted issues with several areas of trade between GB and NI, including problems with SPS checks on food consignments, a lack of capacity among customs intermediaries and a significant imbalance between shipments to and from NI which is having a significant effect on NI hauliers.”

It added: “The conversations were constructive, and we will be maintaining regular contact with CDL’s office to ensure progress can be made to relieve some of the issues which have been experienced by our members.”

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Logistics UK met with key government members this week to demand hauliers be given grants to cover the cost of empty running created by Brexit border issues. Chief executive David Wells met Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove MP, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis and transport secretary Grant Shapps to discuss the problems being faced by businesses trying to move freight across the Irish Sea. Wells asked the ministers to consider making grant support available to hauliers affected […]
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DB Schenker expands Midlands presence with major warehouse deal

German logistics giant DB Schenker, which recently suspended deliveries into the UK due to Brexit delays, is expanding its presence in the West Midlands in a move expected to create 100 new jobs.

The seven-year deal sees the firm take on an additional 153,064sq ft unit at the 21-acre Centurion Park in Tamworth where it already occupies 140,000sq ft.

The shared-user facility has been taken on to accomodate new customer growth at the site near junction ten of the M42.

Other companies based at the park include DFS, Aldi, AAH Pharmaceuticals and Speedy Hire.

Gemma Butler, development and leasing manager at landlord St Modwen Industrial and Logistics, said: “We are pleased that DB Schenker has chosen to expand its premises at Centurion Park.

“As a long-standing customer of ours across the UK, we’re looking forward to seeing the firm grow and DB Schenker remains a great asset to our national portfolio of industrial and logistics occupiers.”

Eoghan Turner, head of UK real estate at DB Schenker, added: “We are delighted to be upscaling our operations in the West Midlands and it was extremely helpful that we were able to expand our floor space without having to uproot and relocate.

“The location is ideal for us and we look forward to growing our campus model here in Tamworth.”

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German logistics giant DB Schenker, which recently suspended deliveries into the UK due to Brexit delays, is expanding its presence in the West Midlands in a move expected to create 100 new jobs. The seven-year deal sees the firm take on an additional 153,064sq ft unit at the 21-acre Centurion Park in Tamworth where it already occupies 140,000sq ft. The shared-user facility has been taken on to accomodate new customer growth at the site near junction ten of the M42. […]
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Parcel and haulage firm Caribou buys C&D Transport Solutions

Parcel, haulage and freight firm Caribou has acquired Prestwich-based C&D Transport Solutions as part of plans to extend its service offering and broaden its delivery network both in the UK and internationally.

The purchase allows Caribou to offer same day deliveries to its services and take on the haulage expertise of the C&D Transport Solutions team.

Caribou MD Daryl Dylan added: “This really was a natural move for both organisations, as we’re both able to learn and grow from each other.

“C&D Transport Solutions is a company that has been running for more than 20 years reliably. They have a small team with big ambitions, and they have chosen to move into our group to fulfil the vision of a much larger network.

“At the same time, Caribou itself can learn from C&D’s incredibly talented and experienced team. C&D Transport Solutions benefits from forward thinking leader Darren Sankey, and in his new role as Caribou’s same day development manager, we are confident of strong leadership and growth.”

The acquisition of C&D Transport closely follows Caribou’s purchase of Lincolnshire County Couriers in Grantham at the end of last year, creating 30 new jobs in the area. The firm also has plans to open a new depot in Colchester, creating an additional 20 jobs.

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Parcel, haulage and freight firm Caribou has acquired Prestwich-based C&D Transport Solutions as part of plans to extend its service offering and broaden its delivery network both in the UK and internationally. The purchase allows Caribou to offer same day deliveries to its services and take on the haulage expertise of the C&D Transport Solutions team. Caribou MD Daryl Dylan added: “This really was a natural move for both organisations, as we’re both able to learn and grow from each […]
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Greencarrier Freight Services opens new Manchester office to drive growth in north of England

Freight forwarding firm Greencarrier Freight Services has opened a new office near Manchester as it moves to strengthen its operations in the north of England.

The office, which became fully operational on 4 January, is situated at Manchester Airport.

Adrian Frodsham, head of air and ocean, said: “The new office provides good opportunities for growth in both imports and exports and brings us much closer to the market and to our customers.

“Many industries export large volumes from here, giving us a good basis for growing the pipeline and for future growth through increased local commercial efforts and in collaboration with our global Greencarrier network.”

Chris Hunt, Greencarrier Freight Services UK MD, added: “The opening of our new office is in line with our business strategy and will strengthen our position in the UK.

“It’s also in line with our high ambitions to grow the UK market.”

This is the third UK office opened by the company, which also has offices in Ipswich and Immingham.

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Freight forwarding firm Greencarrier Freight Services has opened a new office near Manchester as it moves to strengthen its operations in the north of England. The office, which became fully operational on 4 January, is situated at Manchester Airport. Adrian Frodsham, head of air and ocean, said: “The new office provides good opportunities for growth in both imports and exports and brings us much closer to the market and to our customers. “Many industries export large volumes from here, giving […]
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Plan to scrap diesel HGVs must not create stranded assets, RHA warns

The RHA is warning the government not to create fleets of stranded assets as it moves to phase out diesel powered HGVs.

The call comes as the government mulls when to phase out the sale of new diesel HGVs and the introduction of road pricing to offset the decline in fuel and vehicle excise duty as the UK switches to electric vehicles.

The proposals are part of a consultation document recently launched by the House of Commons Transport Select Committee.

Dubbed Zero Emission Vehicles and Road Pricing, the document’s launch follows that of the government’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution in November last year.

The plan includes a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, with all vehicles being required to have a significant zero emissions capability, for example plug-in and full hybrids, from 2030 and be 100% zero emissions from 2035.

It also includes plans to phase out the sale of new diesel heavy goods vehicles.

Announcing the consultation, the Transport Committee said: “The government has said that the tax system will need to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles and that revenue from motoring taxes must keep pace with this change.

“One consequence is that the £40bn annual income from Fuel Duty and Vehicle Excise Duty is likely to decline sharply in future.

A new system of road pricing — which can come in different forms — has been proposed as a potential solution, although in the past such schemes have been perceived to lack strong public support.

It added: “The Transport Committee will hold an inquiry into the implications of accelerating the shift to zero emissions vehicles and the potential for introducing road pricing, or pay-as-you-drive, schemes.”

It added that it will also look at when to ban diesel HGV sales.

However, the RHA is warning policy makers to consider the impact on hauliers when as it decides the timetable to phase out new diesel HGVs.

Tom Cotton, head of infrastructure and licensing policy said: “When operators buy brand new HGVs the lifespan is 12 years so an HGV bought today could still be operational in 2033.

“Policy makers must avoid a situation where they create stranded assets. Poor policy making can render a vehicle valueless overnight, such as in the case of the introduction of Low Emission Zones in London which left some operators with fleets of brand new Euro-5 trucks that became virtually worthless overnight.”

The committee is calling for views on a number of points including:
• The acceleration of the ban of the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles to 2030
• How to encourage greater uptake of electric vehicles and the infrastructure required to support them
• The government’s ambition to phase out the sale of new diesel HGVs, including the scope to use hydrogen as an alternative fuel.
• The case for introducing some form of road pricing and the economic, fiscal, environmental and social impacts of doing so;
• Which particular road pricing or pay-as-you-drive schemes would be most appropriate for the UK context and the practicalities of implementing such schemes;
• The level of public support for road pricing and how the views of the public need to be considered in the development of any road pricing scheme;
• The lessons to be learned from other countries who are seeking to decarbonise road transport and/or utilise forms of road pricing.

The closing date for evidence is Wednesday 17 February. Further details can be found at https://committees.parliament.uk/work/900/

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