Port of Felixstowe has welcomed the first call of a new service connecting North Europe and Turkey. Known as the 'North Europe Turkey Express' (NET), the new weekly service is jointly operated by container lines Cosco Shipping and OOCL. Commenting on the inaugural call, Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe and Managing Director of Hutchison Ports Europe, said:
“This brand new service will further strengthen the comprehensive network of sailings available to shippers through the Port of Felixstowe. The port has provided important connections for trade with the Eastern Mediterranean region for many years and we are delighted to welcome the NET service as the newest addition to the route. The new NET container service provides UK importers and exporters with greater choice and frequency to an important and growing market.”
As well as calls at Felixstowe, the new service also calls at Hamburg, Antwerp, Piraeus, Istanbul-Ambarli (Kumport), Gebze (Yilport), Izmir and Salerno. Cosco Shipping and OOCL are both members of the new Ocean Alliance which the Port of Felixstowe claims has chosen the Suffolk based facility as the main UK hub for its main Europe to Asia services, the other members of the Ocean Alliance being Evergreen and CMA-CGM.