Significant changes to the verification of container weights coming into effect this summer could spark chaos at UK ports, according to haulage companies. Amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (Solas) Convention will make shippers responsible for ensuring containers have a verified gross mass before they can be loaded on to a vessel for export. Ports including Liverpool and Felixstowe have announced plans to offer a weighing service, but container hauliers have warned it could result in crippling queues. […]
Pentalver has warned there could be casualties in the container haulage market in the second half of the year as the sector struggles with low volumes. The warning comes as the firm reported turnover and pre-tax profit growth in 2011: Pentalver Transport saw turnover grow to £57.4m in the year, from £55m a year ago, while pre-tax profit rose to £2m, from £1.5m. At sister business Pentalver Cannock, turnover rose to £24.8m, compared to £22.9m in 2010, but pre-tax profit […]
Hauliers working out of Felixstowe Port are enduring three-hour turnarounds, almost a month after the container terminal overhauled its IT system.