Thursday, February 18, 2010

Alderney Service Starts Next Week For Sea Freight And Haulage Group

Huelin - Renouf add Twice a Week Service from Southampton
Shipping News Feature

UK – Things continue to move fast for Jersey based freight shippers Huelin – Renouf Shipping with the news that from the 23rd February they will operate a twice weekly service from both the island and Southampton to the tiny isle of Alderney. After moving their mainland operations centre from Portsmouth to Eastern Docks, Southampton just over a year ago the company has continued to grow and innovate.

Being the main lifeline to the islands means Huelin – Renouf have to handle all types of freight movement, from LCL and FCL and out of gauge cargo and, since last August, they have made temperature controlled containers for moving chilled and frozen consignments. Now the quay at Braye on the island of Alderney, has been extended to accommodate the 85 metre MV Huelin Dispatch, a vessel equipped with on board cranes capable of lifting up to 70 tonnes. The company now runs two ships on their Channel Island services which include Guernsey.

Last year the group cancelled an order for a new bespoke ferry as the German shipbuilders were behind schedule and the new Huelin Dispatch was purchased and together with her sister ship, the Huelin Endeavour, effectively doubled the routes capacity. The facilities at Southampton also include bonded warehouses for retention of duty payable goods and certainly this niche market service seems to be riding the waves of recession better than most of the shipping industry as a whole.