Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Ferry and Logistics Group Reports Big Jump in European Rail Freight Volumes

Europoort and Zeebrugge See Growth in Track Traffic
Shipping News Feature
UK – EUROPE – In what it describes as a further sign that trade flows to and from Britain remain robust, P&O Ferries has reported a leap in freight volumes at its two continental rail hubs, Zeebrugge and Europoort, in the first half of 2017. Between January and June the ferry and logistics company handled 42,421 units which were being shipped from the two rail hubs across the North Sea to the east coast of Britain. Zeebrugge accounted for 30,154 units with Europoort making up 12,087.

This are certainly reported as rosy at the Dubai owned and British based operator with this new statistic representing a 14% year on year increase for the rail sector of the group whilst earlier this month P&O Ferries announced that it had carried more freight across the English Channel in the first six months of 2017 than in any first half of the year in its modern history. P&O currently runs eight routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium utilising more than 20 vessels which carry 10 million passengers, 1.6 million cars and 2.2 million freight units every year. Janette Bell, Managing Director of P&O Ferries, commented on the latest jump in traffic, saying:

"This outstanding performance at our terminals in Zeebrugge and Europoort illustrates that continental exporters are increasingly using our integrated rail and ferry service across the North Sea for reliable and punctual access to key markets in mainland Britain.

Once the goods reach our rail terminals on the continent, we offer 98 sailings across the North Sea every week. Our services to Teesport are a point of entry for the north of England and by rail to Scotland, our Hull routes serve the M62 corridor across the Pennines to Manchester and Liverpool, and our ships to Tilbury put exporters within easy reach of London and the M25.

"With both the British economy and population continuing to grow, we expect increasing demand for this door-to-door service which is ideally suited to the requirements of exporters across the continent of Europe."

Elsewhere in the group P&O Ferrymasters says the rail terminal it owns in the northern Romanian city of Oradea which became operational last year will facilitate the onward movement of goods to Britain along the Silk Road, a route which is receiving more than its fair share of publicity at the moment, The company already operates integrated road and rail links to other countries across the continent including Italy and Poland.