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 […]
The MD of one of the largest container hauliers in the UK has warned that the pattern of business in the sector will “change dramatically” over the next 12 months when the London Gateway opens at the end of the year.
The introduction of peak-time charges as part of the Port of Felixstowe’s vehicle booking system (VBS) has been described as unacceptable by container hauliers. The port has started charging hauliers £1.50 per booking for access between 12pm and 5pm but has suspended proposals to introduce the charge between 5am and 7am. In a letter to operators, Port of Felixstowe commercial director Paul Wallace said: “For all UK major ports there is a significant daily cost to support the yard resource […]
The Port of Felixstowe has apologised for disruption to hauliers after a perfect storm of surging import volumes, empty containers and Covid-19 led to long delays at the country’s largest container terminal.