Monday, December 1, 2014

Another Liner Agency Win Means RoRo Freight and Project Cargo Traffic for John Good

Super Ice Class Vessels Employed on Scandinavian - Western Europe Route
Shipping News Feature

UK – SWEDEN – FINLAND – GERMANY – BELGIUM – John Good Shipping, one of the UK’s oldest established maritime agencies, has announced a new partnership with Swedish Orient Line (SOL) following its appointment as UK Liner Agent for their new service between Finland and Tilbury, UK. From December 1, SOL will significantly increase its range of Ro/Ro services from the already established Finland-Germany route, to include both the Benelux and the UK. Served by two modern 1A super ice class vessels, each with a capacity of 2,774 lane metres, the route will open up opportunities for customers to ship trailers, project cargo and a wide range of new and used vehicles in both directions.

The new service is supported by Stora Enso, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of pulp and paper and John Good says that SOL’s decision to appoint the company as its agent confirms its position and reputation as a leading UK liner agency. This marks a return to the Scandinavian trade for John Good Shipping, which has a long association with the Scandinavian and Baltic regions, particularly Finland. In the late 1800’s John Good held the liner agency for the Finnish Steamship Company’s cargo and passenger services between Finland and Hull which lasted for several decades. During this period the Company also assisted with the mass migration of Finnish people to the US in the early 1900’s. Today, John A. Good remains Honorary Finnish Consul for the UK.

Whilst John Good can trace a history going back to 1833, Gothenburg based Swedish Orient Line was established in 1911 and is privately owned through Imperial Shipping Ltd. The company offers a number of other services including ship management and a project and contract cargo division. SOL started to transport fresh fruit in the 1930’s and developed its services to transatlantic operations in the 1980’s. This led to a 1997 listing on the Swedish stock exchange which was then de-listed in 2003 as part of the acquisition of the company by Imperial Shipping Ltd and Navalmar Lda.

The new rotation will see weekly calls for the ships, Trans Bulk and Trans Timber, both on long term charters by Stora Enso, at Kemi, Oulu, Lübeck, Zeebrugge, Antwerp and Tilbury, and in a statement the Hull headquartered group said SOL was welcomed into the John Good family which very much looked forward to further developing the co-operation in the years ahead.

Photo: The Trans Timber breaks her way through the ice.