>> 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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Market studies, feasibility studies and business cases

The consultancy carries out market and feasibility studies for freight transport services and infrastructure, based on analysis of the market and policy environment.  The work generally involves sizing and segmenting the market using in-house databases, analysing the competition and examining the key commercial and economic drivers of demand and supply.  We often use freight transport demand modelling techniques to estimate the impact of scenarios on demand in a market sector, transport corridor or for a particular service.  Our demand-side feasibility studies usually conclude with the development of a financial model, providing demand, revenue and profit analyses using financial modelling techniques and based on a full understanding of the underlying costs. 

These analyses can then be used to develop business cases for presentation to the boards of companies or to public sector bodies as part of Cost Benefit Analysis.

Traffic & revenue forecasts

The consultancy develops forecasts of traffic and revenue for transport infrastructure and services at a global, national and service level, based on modelling techniques and an understanding of the key economic drivers involved.  A quantitative approach is taken, generally based on our own databases and economic models and always on an understanding of the market and policy context within which change will occur.  

We forecast global supply and demand for the container shipping industry and have developed port, rail freight and air freight demand forecasts for governments, trade associations, infrastructure operators, transport service providers and financial institutions.

Transport capacity analysis

We provide analysis of transport capacity at a global scale for the container and RORO shipping industries.  We also analyse capacity issues at a micro level related to port infrastructure on behalf of the public sector and port authorities and related to the capacity of individual railway lines to accommodate additional services on behalf of the developers of rail freight distribution parks and housing developments.