Contract Renewal for Felixstowe Agencies

Contract Renewal for Felixstowe Agencies

28.7.2021 | Ports

Contract Renewal for Felixstowe Agencies Ltd

Boatman services contract is renewed at Port of Ipswich.

Port services supply specialist Felixstowe Agencies Ltd (FAL) is delighted to announce its contract renewal for the continuous supply of boatmen services for Associated British Ports, Port of Ipswich.

Tim Meyer of Felixstowe Agencies Ltd has worked in ports since he was 18 years old, so now coming close to 50 years’ experience. Having provided various associated dock services within Felixstowe and Harwich, Tim started to provide boatman services to ABP Ipswich some 10 years ago; mooring and unmooring commercial vessels entering and leaving the port.

Since then, and with his co-director Colin Gardner the company has expanded its operations to provide stevedore services to ABP and its customers in both Ipswich and King Lynn.

In 2019 Felixstowe Agencies Ltd signed a contract to supply a dockside haulage service loading and unloading bulk cargoes to and from vessels within the Port of Ipswich. Tim says: “Over the past two years we’ve expanded and now supply this service to many port users including Origin Fertilisers and Ipswich Grain Terminal. Felixstowe Agencies now operates a fleet of 20 vehicles within Ipswich.

“Ports have had to keep working throughout the Pandemic, and Felixstowe Agencies, in turn, has maintained its services. This has only been possible because of great teamwork, strong leadership and good communication with both customers and suppliers. Felixstowe Agencies is extremely proud of our association with ABP and are one of their preferred suppliers and look forward to any challenges ahead.”

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Road Freight goes green with £20m funding boost

Road Freight goes green with £20m funding boost

28.7.2021 | Haulage


Government encourages fleet operators to convert to battery-electric vehicles. 

£20 million funding boost to accelerate the rollout of zero-emission road freight

Successful projects include the trial and demonstration of 20 battery-electric DAF trucks by Leyland Trucks, an electric road system feasibility study in Yorkshire and a green hydrogen truck feasibility study focused on Scotland

Announcement follows the government’s transport decarbonisation plan, in which a consultation on phase-out dates for the sale of new non-zero emission heavy goods vehicles was launched

Funding to boost the UK’s transition to zero-emission road freight, supporting industry and creating jobs has been announced yesterday (27 July 2021).

Pioneering £20 million zero-emission road freight trials, funded by the Department for Transport and delivered by Innovate UK, will help to develop innovative solutions to support the uptake of zero-emission trucks.

Using learning from field testing battery-electric vehicles in a real-world environment, and from undertaking feasibility studies, these activities will help to design and develop cost-effective, zero-emission heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and their refuelling infrastructure right here in the UK.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:

“Through our bold and ambitious transport decarbonisation plan, we’re leading the way in the transition to zero-emission vehicles by becoming the first country in the world to commit to ending the sale of all new fossil-fuelled road vehicles by 2040, subject to consultation. 

“From Doncaster to Scotland, by working in partnership with industry, this funding will allow us to better understand the role of zero-emission HGVs while levelling up the industry and boosting regional economies.”

Successful projects include an ‘Electric Road System’ feasibility study, led by Costain Ltd, considering a 20-kilometre stretch of road near Scunthorpe for a possible trial of electric road systems. Electric Road Systems supply battery-electric trucks with electricity from overhead catenaries via a pantograph enabling HGVs to charge dynamically.

Meanwhile, a hydrogen fuel cell feasibility study, led by Arcola Energy Ltd, will design a possible future trial of hydrogen fuel cell trucks and new refuelling infrastructure in Scotland.

These projects, along with 4 other successful feasibility studies, aim to prepare for a potential demonstration of zero-emission freight technologies at scale on UK roads and will support the rollout of zero-emission technologies to decarbonise heavy transport vehicles.

Commercial vehicle manufacturing company Leyland Trucks will be deploying 20 DAF battery-electric trucks for use by public sector organisations to support the uptake of battery-electric trucks, enabling learning to be gathered from field testing vehicles in a real-world, real-time logistics environment. The investment in an interactive tool will de-risk, aid and encourage fleet operators to convert to battery-electric vehicles. This is an important step in the transition to zero-emission road freight.

This announcement follows the launch of the government’s transport decarbonisation plan along with the consultation on a phase-out date for new non-zero emission HGVs – showcasing our ongoing support for industry to develop new and innovative technologies that will help the UK to meet net-zero by 2050.

UK government minister for Scotland Iain Stewart said:

“It’s great news that a study involving Scottish utility, logistics companies and the University of St Andrews to design a potential trial for hydrogen fuel cell trucks and new refuelling infrastructure has received a share of £20 million UK government funding.

“The UK government’s transport decarbonisation plan will help the country build back greener from COVID-19. With Glasgow firmly on the world stage later this year for the COP26 summit, these projects are vital to show how the UK is innovating to help save the planet.”

Rob Lawton, Project Manager, at Leyland Trucks, said:

“We’re delighted to have been selected to play such a key role in the initiative and we’re proud to be leading the drive towards a cleaner, more sustainable future for the road transport industry.

“We believe our LF Electric and CF Electric vehicles offer the best solution for zero-emissions operation and we’re confident that the results from our NHS and local authority partners will support our own extensive and long-term testing programmes.”

Richard Kemp-Harper, Strategy Director at Arcola Energy, said:

“We’re pleased to be leading this initiative to decarbonise heavy-duty transport. The study will enable us to expand the application of Arcola Energy’s A-Drive fuel cell powertrain platform to a critical group of HGV operators that can benefit from Scotland’s strong potential for green hydrogen production.”

William Wilson, CEO of Siemens Mobility Limited, said:

“Investing in proven technologies like eHighways can help us go further and faster to decarbonise the UK’s transport network, and support jobs and growth to level up the country.”

By building on successful trials from other countries like Germany, our ERS consortium M180 trial will help the UK move a step closer to replacing more polluting trucks with clean, efficient electric HGVs.

Source: GOV.UK

Maiden call of luxury cruise ship to ABP’s Port of Lowestoft

Maiden call of luxury cruise ship to ABP’s Port of Lowestoft

27.7.2021 | Ports

Maiden call of luxury cruise ship to ABP’s Port of Lowestoft

The MS Island Sky spent almost nine hours at the UK’s most eastern port. 

The port, which is more widely known for its support of the burgeoning offshore wind industry, its historic fishing industry and handling cargo for agricultural and construction industries, welcomed the Italian-built MS Island Sky at 7.28am on July 23.

Noble Caledonia cruises are synonymous with small ship cruising, and the Italian-built MS Island Sky has 59 luxury suites. Noble Caledonia is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with ‘The Best of British 30th Anniversary’ tour on the MS Island Sky, an enviable itinerary that visits some of the most beautiful parts of Britain, finishing with this final call in the Port of Lowestoft. Passengers on the MS Island Sky were given tourist guides from Lowestoft Vision and Lowestoft pocket guides, supplied by East Suffolk Council.

ABP has worked closely with Noble Caledonia to ensure Covid-secure operations are effectively delivered at Lowestoft.

Paul Ager, Divisional Port Manager, ABP, said:

“We are delighted to welcome the arrival of luxury cruise ships to the Port of Lowestoft and hope that this successful voyage of the MS Island Sky is followed by more visits from cruise ships in the future.”

Peter Aldous MP, Member of Parliament for Waveney, said:

“It’s great to welcome the Island Sky to Lowestoft. Tourism is a vital component of the local economy, and the location of the Town Quay is an advantage that can help bring additional trade to the Town Centre, and passengers will be able to visit the South Beach as well as making an excursion into the unique Suffolk countryside.”

With further calls on the 6th August, the 11th September and 25th September from the MS Island Sky, and proposed calls from another of Noble Caledonia’s fleet, the MS Serenissima, the Port of Lowestoft, is looking forward to the arrival of more luxury cruise ships this summer.

The future financial impact of the pandemic

The future financial impact of the pandemic

27.7.2021 | Tax

The future financial impact of the pandemic

Stephanie Hammond, Director at Beatons Group, takes a look at the upcoming national bill.

As coronavirus restrictions are lifted in England, the financial impact of the pandemic on the nation’s economy is coming to light.

Throughout the pandemic, the UK Government has sought to support businesses financially while at the same time having to make difficult decisions that negatively affect them.

The latest figures from HM Treasury reveal the government paid out nearly £80billion in emergency loans to limit the damage caused by COVID-19 restrictions.

Here, Stephanie Hammond, Director at Beatons Group, takes a look at the upcoming national bill.

Turbulent times
You would be hard-pressed to find a business that hasn’t been negatively affected by the pandemic and the measures brought in to limit the spread of the virus.

From logistics to hospitality, almost every firm has had to adapt to the circumstances, often with little time to prepare.

And the impact doesn’t end there – with thousands being ‘pinged’ every day by the NHS app and forced to self-isolate, many businesses are now suffering a staffing shortage.

However, the damage to business has been mitigated somewhat by a raft of loans and grants on offer.

Financial support
According to HM Treasury, more than 1.6 million government-backed loans were approved between April 2020 and May this year.

Figures reveal almost £80bn worth of emergency loans were issued during the COVID-19 crisis.

These include £47.4bn in Bounce Back Loans, £26.4bn in Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans, £5.6bn in Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loans and £1.1bn for the Future Fund.

The UK government’s Recovery Loan Scheme is also set to run until December 31 this year, providing an 80% guarantee to lenders for short term loans, overdrafts and invoice and asset finance.

The bill
As the scale of the pandemic was revealed, it was crucial the government stepped in to help businesses, especially as it brought in restrictions to fight the spread of the virus.

However, this financial support does not come without a price to pay later down the line.

From April 2020 to April 2021, the UK Government borrowed a staggering £229bn – the largest sum in a single year since records began.

And although the figure is set to be down on last year’s, it is expected to still be in excess of £200bn.

As restrictions are lifted, and our lives go back to some semblance of normality, the next question will be how we pay off this debt.

Will the government raise taxes to recoup the money, or cut spending?

We will have to wait to see what the government has planned.

Either way, the full impact of the pandemic will be felt for generations until the debt is paid off.

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Logistics UK launches Route to Net Zero campaign

Logistics UK launches Route to Net Zero campaign

27.7.2021 | Logistics

Logistics UK launches Route to Net Zero campaign

Initiative to decarbonise logistics operations. 

Logistics UK has announced the launch of Route to Net Zero.

A campaign to encourage its 18,000 member businesses to commit to decarbonising their operations as quickly, effectively, and as urgently as possible to help the UK achieve carbon neutrality ahead of the legal deadline of 2050.

Michelle Gardner, Head of Public Policy at Logistics UK, comments: “Logistics UK and its members understand the urgency of the climate crisis and are working hard to decarbonise logistics operations. We are pleased to launch this campaign today to support and encourage the industry’s journey to Net Zero. A key component of this campaign’s success will be getting the right support from government. Logistics UK will be working in partnership with its members and government to help ensure the right policies, infrastructure, power supply, funding and vehicle markets are in place to realise the logistics industry’s Net Zero ambition.”

Logistics UK is now calling on its members to work with the business group to achieve the Route to Net Zero ambition; the organisation will also be launching a comprehensive policy manifesto ahead of COP26 in November 2021. More information on Logistics UK’s environmental campaigns and to get involved, can be found here

Logistics UK is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses that are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people are directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With climate change, COVID-19, Brexit, new technology, and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics. It is the only business group representing the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries and freight services buyers such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.