Monday, April 12, 2010

European Container Shipping Line To Add Zeebruge To Teesport Service

Samskip Continue Expansion
Shipping News Feature

UK / BELGIUM – Samskip, the multimodal freight container shipper, are to start a new weekly service between Zeebrugge in Belgium and Teesport in the United Kingdom.

The new route will run Zeebrugge - Teesport - Zeebrugge with departure from Belgium on Friday evenings and UK sailings on Sunday.

Samskip will offer the service with quay-to-quay or door-to-door delivery options with shipping containers being transported on Samskip’s own equipment.

According to Diederick Blom, Route Director at Samskip Multimodal Container Logistics, the new sailing is a valuable addition to the existing Samskip services to and from the United Kingdom.

“We have experienced an increasing demand for a Teesport call from our customers. Over the years Teesport has grown in popularity and volume. The port offers excellent hinterland connections to the Midlands, the North West and North East of England.”

“The Zeebrugge call will furthermore increase our service coverage to the western region of Belgium, Northern France and Southern Germany.

“The ‘end of the week' Friday evening departure from Zeebrugge will offer shippers a time efficient transport solution. We have decided to start with a weekly call but depending on customer demand, we will look into the possibility of increasing the frequency.”

Samskip, whose roots lay in Iceland but have seen rapid growth in the last five years, currently run container and reefer services between the UK, Europe, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. The new service is seen as a perfect compliment to these exisiting routes, with Blom explaining that:

“We are currently operating services between the port of Rotterdam and the ports of Tilbury, Hull and Grangemouth. The port of Teesport is centrally positioned between the ports of Grangemouth and Hull, making it a logical addition to our network.”