Newlywed Port Antwerp-Bruges EU’s largest auto-transfer hub

February 15, 2021

After years of a love-hate relationship, the marriage of convenience between Antwerp and Zeebrugge’s harbors will create Europe’s largest auto-transfer hub in Belgium with nearly 3 million vehicles a year. But when the wedding is finalized this year, it will accomodate the EU’s largest container traffic (157 million tons/year) and be the most important chemical […]

Nissan to build all future small vans in France

February 15, 2021

All small Nissan vans for Europe will be built in the Renault factory in Maubeuge, France. That was announced last week by the Alliance. Nissan will not provide a successor to the existing e-NV200 in Europe. That model will be replaced along with the existing NV250 (based on the current Renault Kangoo) by the successor […]

Febiac, Renta, and Traxio create Mobia platform

February 12, 2021

Car manufacturer federation Febiac, the federation of car rental companies Renta, and the car sector federation Traxio join forces to create Mobia, a mobility platform that will develop, communicate, defend common views, and provide services to members of the three founding organizations. Mobia doesn’t mean that the three federations will merge; it’s an umbrella structure […]

Liège Airport CEO sacked for serious misconduct

February 11, 2021

On Tuesday night during an extraordinary meeting, Liège Airport’s Board of Directors unanimously decided to dismiss CEO Luc Partoune for serious misconduct. An audit brought to light several potential shortcomings, including the hiring of former TEC boss Jean-Claude Phlypo. Auditors also found insufficiently justified expense reports and possible management errors. The Board of Directors has […]

Watertruck+ inland shipping project to avoid 6 000 truck rides

February 11, 2021

The Flemish Waterway (De Vlaamse Waterweg, DVW) has announced a new phase of the Watertruck+ project. The project aims at finding solutions to transport goods via waterways. This year, the participating partners want to haul 120 000 tons of goods on the water and save 6 000 truck rides. Watertruck+ is a European project that […]

BENEFIC: €1,6 million to hand out for EV charger projects

February 11, 2021

Flanders and the Brussels Capital Region have €1,6 million European money to hand out for public or private projects to install chargers for electric cars or shore power plugs for inland shipping. Projects can be subsidized up to 20% of the investment costs. This third call to file a subsidy request within the BENEFIC project […]

Dutch commit to zero-emission city logistics by 2025

February 10, 2021

Thirty to forty cities in the Netherlands are expected to commit before the end of the year to install a ‘zero-emission’ zone for city logistics by 2025, banning polluting vans and trucks for last-mile delivery. Agreements are made with the sector for transitional measures and a clear step-by-step plan. Fourteen cities and representatives of the […]

France: truck ‘ecotax’ back on the table

February 09, 2021

In a report on the future of mobility in the Île-de-France Region, seven MPs from different horizons and François Durovray, President of the Essonne County Council, suggest introducing an ‘ecotax’ targeting trucks and light duty commercial vehicles. They wish to stop truckers from crossing France by using free highways and not paying any tax. The […]

British exports to EU down with 68%

February 08, 2021

British exports to the European Union fell by more than two-thirds in January compared to the same month in 2020. This is according to data from the British freight forwarding organization Road Haulage Association (RHA). Although the corona crisis also plays a role, a significant proportion of the drop is linked to the extra paperwork […]

‘2021 fiscal year to be most difficult in Ryanair’s history’

February 02, 2021

In a recent press release, Irish low-cost airline Ryanair reports a €306 million net loss and a 78% drop in customers during 2020’s third-quarter (October to December) due to the corona pandemic and the different travel restrictions. The airline declares that its balance sheet remains one of the strongest in the industry, with €3,5 billion […]

Study: ‘shipping wind and sun to Belgium is feasible’

January 27, 2021

A study by the Hydrogen Import Coalition (HIC) shows that shipping wind and solar energy from other sunny and windy parts of the world to Belgian ports is ‘feasible and cost-effective’. The idea is to use hydrogen carriers that are fairly easy to transport, like ammonia, methanol, and synthetic methane. There is not enough renewable […]

Dutch to study hyperloop cargo link Rotterdam-Amsterdam

January 22, 2021

A coalition of Dutch governments and companies is setting up a study to create a pilot route for a superfast hyperloop connection on the Netherlands ‘ busiest cargo corridor between Rotterdam and Amsterdam. A hyperloop would move pods with passengers or freight at speeds above 1 200 km/h through vacuum tubes. This pilot route could […]

GM’s Bright Drop: versatile electric mobility for delivery companies

January 13, 2021

General Motors launches a new Bright Drop brand to offer electric delivery vehicles combined with roll containers and an intelligent cloud-based logistics platform. Delivery company FedEx will start using this system from the end of 2021. New brand A few days ago, GM showed its new logo and announced its plans for the number of […]

Brexit: airlift between Ostend and Birmingham

January 05, 2021

From Monday, British airline Jota Aviation, specializing in cargo transport, starts a new airlift between Ostend (Belgium) and Birmingham (UK). Both airports want to prevent possible interruptions or delays in the harbors due to Brexit. Jota Aviation will organize the flights together with its partner in logistics Priority Freight. Since the Brexit, customs and border […]