Tuesday, March 10, 2020

First Scottish Call for River Thames Linked Container Feeder Service

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UK – Following the commencement of its new service from DP World's deep water London Gateway facilities linking the east coast ports with the continent last month, the first Unifeeder vessel to arrive at the Scottish container terminal in Grangemouth called at the weekend.

The Anna G opened the direct feeder service which now connects Grangemouth with London and offers both deep sea and short sea transit opportunities for customers. The weekly rotation calls at Grangemouth, London Gateway, Dunkerque, Antwerp and Teesport. Commenting on the new call, Derek Knox, Port Manager said:

“It’s great to see this new service from Grangemouth to London Gateway launched by Unifeeder. This new connection to London increases the shipping options offered to our customers within the UK and beyond from Scotland’s container terminal. The service demonstrates Unifeeder’s confidence and commitment to both the Port and Scottish Market by offering a new alternative to existing supply chain solutions.

”We look forward to supporting Unifeeder with the service. The prime location of Grangemouth on the east coast coupled with our experience, expertise and equipment deliver a first-rate service for customers. We continue to invest significantly in Grangemouth with new equipment, an expanded container terminal area and over 400 reefer connections secures us as Scotland’s largest container terminal.”

The Port of Grangemouth operates Scotland's largest container port and handles in excess of 155,000 containers per annum. More than £6 billion worth of goods passes through Grangemouth each year including steel plate, timber, paper and equipment for the oil and gas industry. There are regular container services from Grangemouth with frequent daily sailings to Rotterdam, Antwerp, Felixstowe and Hamburg. Most of the major lines utilise these feeder services to link with mother container vessels plying between the world's major ports.