Thursday, December 8, 2011

Another Freight Container Feeder Service to Start in January

St. Petersburg is Ninth Euro Russian Connection
Shipping News Feature

EUROPE – RUSSIA – Unifeeder, the Danish based company which controls the largest short sea container feeder network in Northern Europe has announced a new service to commence at the end of January between Antwerp and St. Petersburg. This takes to nine the number of weekly connections between the company’s European hub ports Antwerp, Hamburg and Rotterdam, and Russia. Director at Unifeeder’s Shortsea division, Simon H. Galsgaard said:

“More and more customers are looking for greener solutions and our 45’ containers are a perfect substitute for standard trailers since intake is the same, 33 Euro pallets, but the CO2 emission is substantially lower [by more than 30%].The Antwerp service will bring our service on the Belgian and French markets to new heights, benefitting and supporting our growth ambitions. We are always looking for new opportunities in the market and with this new connection, our aspiration to function as an extended conveyor belt now also includes a direct option for the Belgian and French markets.”

Unifeeder now handles around 1.8 million TEU’s per annum throughout Northern Europe and Scandinavia utilising standard 20’ and 40 boxes plus their own favoured 45’ High Cube pallet wide containers and stress that they believe the short sea and feeder options more environmentally sustainable than traditional road haulage and even freight by train.