VESSELS
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VESSELS

Vessel sizes have increased in recent years with OOCL now boasting six new vessels that can each carry up to 21413 TEU’s (Twenty Foot Equivalant Units). Maersk’s has seven new vessels each carrying up to 20568 TEU’s with Hapag Lloyd, MSC and CMA vessels not being much smaller either. Pictured is the Madrid Maersk which...

LOW EMISSION ZONE
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LOW EMISSION ZONE

London has a low emission zone (LEZ) and charges vehicles with EUR4 or older engines for entry. From 8 April 2019, LEZ will change to ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) and charges will apply to EUR5 or older engines. Brighton, Norwich, Nottingham and Oxford also have LEZs but currently only for buses. Southampton City Council also...

BREXIT
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BREXIT

On 29 March 2019 the UK is due to enter a two year transition period in order for businesses to prepare for life outside the EU. The UK Government has confirmed we will be exiting the Customs Union although HMRC is the pressing ahead with EU Union Customs Code (UCC) Regulation changes which will ensure...

PORT OF SOUTHAMPTON
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PORT OF SOUTHAMPTON

The port of Southampton welcomes 1.77 million cruise passengers, supports 15,000 local jobs, handles 900,000 vehicles, over 1 million containers, 1.3 million tonnes of dry bulk cargo and contributes £1.6 billion to the UK economy. Container volumes are set to increase by 3% annually with ABP’s purchase of Dibden Bay and Eling Wharf.

TRUCK CARTEL
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TRUCK CARTEL

The European truck manufacturers (now including Scania) have been found guilty of a serious violation of EU competition rules and have collectively been fined £3.4bn. The RHA believe that trucks purchased or leased during the cartel were over-priced and that compensation is due. You do not need to be a member of the RHA to...

SOLAS VGM
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SOLAS VGM

To ensure the safety of ships, workers, cargo and overall safety at sea, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requires that loaded containers have a VGM (Verified Gross Mass) prior to it being loaded onto the vessel. The shipper is responsible for providing the VGM of a container regardless of...