>> Transpacific - port coverage from April 1st.more.

>> Are direct services becoming less attractive for shipping lines?. more.

>> What happens to the small ships post Panama Canal expansion?. more.

>> Maersk to acquire Hamburg-Sud and reinforce its presence on the Latin America routes. more.

>>£0.5 trillion of trade passes through UK ports. More.

>> The future of rail freight and private investment. More.

>> The Northern Freight and Logistics report. More. 

>> Oxford Cambridge Expressway Study. More.

>> The potential impact of Brexit on trade. More.

>> India - the impact of shipping lines’ consolidation and the cabotage rule change. More.

>> Iran – changes in maritime services post-sanctions. more.

>> 'India: The only way is up' say MDST in an article published by Lloyds List. More.

>> Hanjin’s collapse - A wake-up call to the industry? More.

>> Peak season 2016: could the seemingly more rational shipping lines restore stability to the market?. More.

>> Panama Canal Expansion: the major announcements so far have been made by the CKYHE Alliance and G6 Alliance: each have indicated the upsizing of some of their vessels on the services passing through the Panama Canal as shown in MDS Transmodal's analysis. More.

>> CMA-CGM’s acquisition of Neptune Orient Lines and Cosco’s merger with China Shipping Container Line (CSCL), prompted the need for a few changes in the current capacity-sharing agreements amongst the shipping lines. More.

>> MDST has been appointed by Transport for the North (TfN), in partnership with York Aviation and Regeneris Consulting, to carry out a review of international passenger connectivity in the North of England. More.

>> Chris Rowland, Managing Director of MDST, presented the draft conclusions from the Transport for the North (TfN) Freight & Logistics Strategy at the Freight in the City Conference in Manchester on 3 March 2016. More.

>> With 22 maritime services, Iran is expected to see an increase of around 250% in the capacity of container shipping passing through its ports in spring 2016, as shipping lines seek to benefit from the removal of sanctions. More.

>> MDST Chairman, Mike Garratt, wrote to the editor of RAIL magazine in March about the future of rail freight in Great Britain. More.

>> MDST has examined the evidence for Chinese ‘dumping’ of steel on the global and UK markets using its World Cargo Database, which allows it to monitor world trade by both volume and value and for detailed commodities. More.

>> East Asia export box trade sees growth of 1.7% in 2015, says MDST in an article published by Lloyds List. More.

>> The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has published road traffic forecasts which used MDST’s GB Freight Model (GBFM) to develop forecasts to 2040 for HGV traffic on the British road network. More.

>> Ports should be at the centre of distribution chains says MDST. More.

>> Based on its analysis of Eurostat port statistics and its own World Cargo Database, MDS Transmodal has concluded that ports handled 640 million tonnes in 2014, a market share of 40%. More.

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Oxford Cambridge Expressway

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, in the Autumn Statement on 23 November, has given the green-light for more work to be carried out on an expressway linking Milton Keynes, Cambridge and Oxford.  The road link, which has already been recommended by the National Infrastructure Commission, will now be backed with £27 million of funding.  MDST provided input on freight transport to the Oxford Cambridge Expressway Strategic Study, which published an interim report in summer 2016 and which provided the strategic case for further work on the scheme.

The aim of the Oxford Cambridge Expressway Strategic Study was to investigate the high-level strategic case for linking existing roads and creating an Oxford to Cambridge Expressway, which would create a high-quality strategic east-west link between Oxford and Cambridge via Bedford and Milton Keynes.  MDS Transmodal has provided specialist freight transport expertise for the consultancy consortium which is made up of WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff, CH2M, the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) and Steer Davies Gleave.

MDST provided analysis of the origins and destinations of road freight on the east-west corridor using the base freight matrix within the GB Freight Model for 2014; the freight movements were assigned to the road network so that the volumes of traffic could be validated against DfT traffic count data.  It then showed how freight traffic could develop up to 2041.  MDST also estimated HGV volumes on the new and upgraded route sections, the potential diversion from other parallel routes and calculated the user and non-user benefits that would accrue from the potential improvements.

The company has provided similar input to other highways studies that will inform the second DfT’s Roads Investment Strategy (RIS2), such as the Northern Trans-Pennine Study, the Trans-Pennine Tunnel Study and the Manchester North-West Quadrant Study.