Thursday, June 10, 2010

New Container Feeder Service From East Coast By Danish Shipping Line

PD Ports Greet Unifeeder Launch
Shipping News Feature

UK – GERMANY – NETHERLANDS – By way of confirmation of our story of 28th April, PD Ports have formally announced that Unifeeder, one of the largest short sea cargo and container feeder operations in Europe, have chosen PD owned Teesport as one of the bases for their three times weekly service.

Frans Calje, PD Ports’ MD unitised, said:

“I am delighted to announce that we are Unifeeder’s port of choice on the North East coast and will shortly be welcoming the first Unifeeder vessel into Teesport. This new call into Teesport greatly enhances the network of services which we can offer to the North East region’s importers and exporters.

“Our overall strategy at the port is to expand its port wide capacity and going forward we have considerable growth opportunities, backed by long term investment, which will position Teesport as a major player in the container market.”

Unifeeder’s Jesper Kristensen, Managing Director, responded:

“We are very pleased and excited to include Teesport in our already extensive feeder network. We hope our many customers will benefit from our decision to include the UK East Coast in our future service calls.”

Traffic levels at Teesport have been recovering from the less than flattering levels recorded right across the market last year. Mr Calje commented:

“In the first quarter of 2010, we have seen some 68% year-on-year growth in volumes at our two container terminals compared to the first quarter of 2009 from 35,000 to 58,700 TEU (twenty foot equivalent units). We are expecting to see a 40% growth over the whole year to December 2010 – watch this space."

Details of Unifeeder’s operations, managed in the UK by Johnson Stevens Agencies Ltd., can be seen in our earlier story, and include the ability to handle reefers, tank containers and out of gauge units. Besides Teesport the company’s vessels will include port calls at Felixstowe, Grangemouth, Immingham and South Shields connecting to short sea destinations throughout Europe, the Benelux countries, Russia and beyond.

Photo: PD Ports David Robinson and Unifeeders Jesper Kristensen commemorate the occasion.