Monday, July 4, 2011

FTA to Host Scottish Freight by Water Event

Chance for Logistics Industry to Examine Options
Shipping News Feature

SCOTLAND – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has announced that they are to hold a ‘Freight by Water’ industry event designed to explore and discuss the water freight opportunities for Scotland. The event will take place in Glasgow on the 7th of September.

The event will take the form of a round table seminar which will review existing coastal and short-sea water freight connections for Scotland and possible developments for the future. The purpose is to inform current and potential users about the options available to Scotland’s logistics needs from water transportation and to gain feedback for the industry of what is needed in the years ahead, with an emphasis on discussion to allow all participants to share perspectives, opinions and information.

There will also be presentations on a range of aspects from leading industry players including:

MSC – container services and Scotland.

DFDS – lessons from the Rosyth-Zeebrugge and other UK services for ro-ro and Scotland.

Forth Ports – the possibilities of a ferry service between Scotland and England.

The event will also aim to address some other questions throughout the day such as how best to use existing water freight options, what role water freight can play in improving Scotland's competiveness and the carbon footprint of its supply chain, and how does water compare to Scotland’s rail freight options.

Shippers, forwarders, hauliers, ports, shipping lines, industry suppliers and experts with an interest in the future of Scotland's supply chain and UK water freight generally can register to attend by emailing:

(pic: courtesy of Armac Marine)