Monday, June 3, 2013

Freight by Water Host Short Sea Shipping Conference Whilst Logistics Safety Event Shifts Venue

Southampton Event Will Study Multi Modal Possibilities
Shipping News Feature

UK – Freight by Water, under the management of the Freight Transport Association (FTA), have announced that they are to stage a free, one-day conference illustrating the opportunities and issues surrounding the use of short-sea freight services and evaluating the available options to reduce transport costs. The event, due to be held on 20 June 2013 at the Ocean Cruise Terminal, Southampton, will address issues of national significance as well as focusing on UK short sea cargo connections to western France, Iberia and the Mediterranean.

The aim of the conference is to provide information to potential users of water freight services as a complement to road-based services, and during the day current options available will be considered and looking at how these are likely to develop over the next few years. The 2015 Sulphur Directive is also to be discussed in detail, assessing its potential impact on services and costs.

There will also be market briefings on the possibilities for water freight for containers and trucks and the experience of users and focusing on the limits and benefits of relative proximity to ports. Among the key-note speakers will be Shadow Shipping Minister Jim Fitzpatrick MP, along with representatives from the environmentally driven B9 Shipping plus Brittany Ferries, Sollerta and the FTA.

The one-day conference is of particular relevance to shippers, hauliers, forwarders and all those involved in the short sea freight industry, and as it is a one-day free conference places are expected to be reserved quickly.

The conference will run between 10:00 and 15:30 and bookings for free places can be made by telephone to 08700 604890 or e mail sdarrington@fta.co.uk.

The FTA has also announced a change of venue for its Safety in Logistics conference due to high demand. The event will now take place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel. For further information, email rbrown@fta.co.uk call 08717 112222 or visit the website.

Photo: In its heyday as the world’s busiest port London hosted hundreds of water craft all working freight on the river Thames.