By Gavin van Marle 14/07/2016 © Lowerkase One transport sector likely to feel the shock of Brexit most heavily will be the ferry business between the UK and the continent and the UK and Ireland.If an existential threat to shipping emerges, you can almost guarantee that ferries will be in the vanguard at the point of impact.In recent times the sector has somehow managed to survive the successive threats of the Channel Tunnel; low-cost airlines; the abolishing of duty free; and the introduction of low-sulphur fuel regulations – all have put huge pressure on volumes, revenues and profitability.Somehow the sector has contrived to survive – most likely due to the necessities of island geographies.According to figures released yesterday by Discover Ferries, a trade body representing 12 UK and Irish ferry operators – and the first freight data it has collated – the industry has been in the sunny uplands of growth for the past 18 months, in comparative terms.Last year, 4.41 million units were transported across the Dover Straits, Irish Sea and western Channel, growth of 4.8% over 2014, making it one of the brightest areas of Europe’s unitised shipping markets.That has continued this year. Discover Ferries recorded a 3.1% growth for the first six months, over the same period in 2015, to 2.26 million units – the vast majority of which was driver-accompanied traffic, as the figures do not include North Sea volumes, nor those carried by freight-only Irish Sea operator Seatruck.The lion’s share of the recorded volumes is carried on the cross-Channel routes out of Dover to Calais and Dunkirk, which despite the chronic congestion caused by the migrant crisis and industrial action in Calais, managed to post 5% growth in 2015 to reach 2.54 million units. It grew by a further 0.8% in the first half of this year, with 1.29 million units transported.Last year’s Irish Sea traffic totalled 1.62 million units, growth of 3.8%, and in 2016 growth has been even stronger, at 5.8% year-on-year, at 843,000 units.In terms of growth, however, the western Channel routes have shown double-digit increases as hauliers looked to diversify their flows from the problems of Calais – 2015 saw annual growth of 11.1% to 248,000 units and year-on-year growth in the first half of 2016 of 10.5% to 130,000 units.William Gibbons, director of Discover Ferries, said: “These are very encouraging figures, and they show that the ferry freight industry is in good health – driven by wider economic factors.“The shortsea routes have consistently been the powerhouse of the UK ferry industry, but it is also encouraging to see such a good freight performance on the western Channel and Irish Sea.”He added: “Ferry freight has proved to be resilient, as business on the shortsea routes increased despite disruption in June and July last year, which led to a shortage of capacity.”Whatever judgement macroeconomists will issue on the economic effect of Brexit, the immediate impact of the vote will be seen in these numbers six months from now.It is always the case – for better or worse – ferry figures are the real barometer of the health of UK Ltd (forget PLC, as the vernacular used to go, ‘Limited’ is far more apposite) and, following Brexit, that will be truer than ever.
Nollywood Dreams Sandra Okuboyejo View Comments Ade Otukoya Director Saheem Ali and playwright Jocelyn Bioh Nollywood Dreams, a new play by Jocelyn Bioh making its world premiere, will begin previews on March 19 and open on April 13 at the off-Broadway Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space. Directed by Saheem Ali, Nollywood Dreams is set in 1990s Lagos, Nigeria, where the Nollywood film industry is on the rise. The play centers on aspiring actress Ayamma (Sandra Okuboyejo), who auditions for a hotshot Nigerian director (Charlie Hudson III) and gets caught in a love triangle between the country’s celebrated leading lady Fayola (Emana Rachelle) and heartthrob Wale (Ade Otukoya). Bioh’s hit play School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play, was also produced by MCC. On February 28, the cast and creatives met the press at MCC Theater and posed for photos. Charlie Hudson III Related Shows Charlie Hudson III, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Emana Rachelle, Jocelyn Bioh, Saheem Ali, Nana Mensah, Sandra Okuboyejo & Ade Otukoya(Photos: Da Ping Luo)
Due to limited available space in the refinery to lay down the boom and jib of Mammoet’s CC8800 crawler cranes, the heavy lift specialist constructed the two cranes in mid-air.The east CC8800 jib was installed while suspended in the air by two cranes, while the west CC8800 jib and the main boom were assembled in mid-air above inactive pipe racks.Once completed, the two CC8800 cranes lifted more than 50 components over several months.www.mammoet.com
Accies boss Martin Canning said: ”Delph adds physical presence and experience having played top-level football in Denmark.””He’s a strong, powerful player who is equally as comfortable in central defence as he is in central midfield. We’ve been working hard to strengthen the team and will continue to do so.”Accies have also finalised a move for former Ipswich keeper Marsden, who left the Tractor Boys at the end of the 2016/17 campaign before a brief spell in the non-league game.The 21-year-old, who gained first team experience with St Ives Town and Mildenhall, impressed Canning enough over a stint training with the club to earn a deal. Canning continued: “Jacob has been in training at the club, has shown up well in games and adds competition to Woodsy and Ryan in the strong goalkeeping department we have here.” Hamilton have completed a double swoop for Delphin Tshiembe and former Ipswich goalkeeper Jacob Marsden.Tshiembe, who is comfortable playing at centre-back or in centre-midfield, will play his football outside of Denmark for the first time in his career at Accies.The 26-year-old, born in DR Congo, came through the youth ranks at FC Copenhagen before turning out at senior level for five other Danish clubs.Most recently, Tshiembe helped AC Horsens to a 6th place finish in the Superliga before departing the club at the end of last season.
The lawyer of former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt — convicted for spot-fixing — said on Friday that he would appeal against his 30-month jail sentence by a London court on Thursday.Speaking outside Southwark Crown Court, Butt’s lawyer Paul Harris made the announcement soon after the sentencing saying they would appeal against the court verdict within 24 hours.Butt had been sentenced to two-and-a-half years on charges of conspiring to accept corrupt payments and conspiring to cheat. The sentence could, however, be reduced to half the term for good behaviour.Butt was also ordered to pay 30,937 towards the cost of prosecution.Butt’s counsel expressed confidence that they would be able to build the grounds to ensure the appeal was turned in their favour.”On behalf of Salman Butt, I want to confirm that we will be appealing the sentence. We are launching grounds of appeal in the next 24 hours,” Harris said.
AC Milan chief Leonardo insists Gattuso safeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan technical director Leonardo insists coach Rino Gattuso is safe.There’s been claims Gattuso could be sacked if they fail to beat SPAL.“We never thought about changing Gattuso,” Leonardo said yesterday.“We can deny this general situation. Milan started in a hurry this year, and we’re trying to fix a situation which started that way.“We’re in the running for our objective, which is to finish in the top four. Right now we’re there, and the pessimism Rino talks about is in relation to a moving car that needs fixed.“The owners know the situation, and we need everyone to cooperate and unite.“We need a bit of understand to fix this situation, we’re not going to buy 10 players and suddenly fix everything.“There is no plan to change Gattuso, and Milan have not contacted anyone else.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Wolves Europa League tie Slovan Bratislava to feature 5,000 strong crowdby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveA 5,000 strong crowd is likely to attend Wolves’ Europa League match away to Slovan Bratislava on 24 October – even though it is officially being played behind closed doors.Uefa sanctioned the Slovak champions after fans made racist chants in a play-off game against PAOK of Greece.But Uefa rules will allow accompanied children aged 14 and under to attend.In addition, 200 Wolves fans will be allowed in to see the game, providing they hold ‘category one tickets’.Uefa ruled in August that Slovan must play their next two European games behind closed doors as a consequence of racist behaviour by their supporters at a play-off match against Greek side POAK Salonika. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say