Guidance for operators affected by container weight changes starting today (1 July) has been published, as the sector comes to terms with one of its biggest challenges in recent times. Amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (Solas) Convention means shippers become responsible for ensuring export containers have a verified gross mass before they are loaded onto ships. Most ports are offering a weighing service, although hauliers have warned it could result in crippling queues. The Global Shippers’ Forum, the […]
Pressure on rates has led to Felixstowe-based container specialist Macintyre Transport reporting a 9% fall in pre-tax profit despite a near 11% rise in turnover. Turnover in the year to 30 April 2012 rose from £19.3m to £21.4m due to organic growth, said chairman Harvey Macintyre; pre-tax profit, however, fell from £895,000 to £813,000. Much of the profit slide was attributable to stagnant rates, said Macintyre. “We have been very proactive in taking costs out of the business since 2008, […]
Trailer manufacturer Montracon has revealed that it has become the sole distributor of trailer-mounted container lift Swinglift in the UK.