Tuesday, March 26, 2019

New Container Feeder Services Boost DP World Intercontinental Freight Portfolio

Chinese Group Introduces Weekly Port Call
Shipping News Feature
EUROPE – Chinese container shipping group, COSCO, is to introduce a new weekly call at DP World Southampton, as part of a rotation on one of its Europe Feeder & Trans-Atlantic routes, which includes St Petersburg, Russia; Kotka, Finland; Southampton, UK; and Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The news comes after COSCO confirmed in February that DP World Southampton will be a permanent call on its feeder service. The 1,223 TEU container vessel MV Alexander B, operated by COSCO shipping, is scheduled to call at DP World Southampton on 27th March. At the end of February DP World’s latest subsidiary, short sea specialist Unifeeder, started a new direct service between Gdynia, Poland and DP World London Gateway at the end of February.

This now brings the number of short sea and feeder services DP World’s UK terminals can offer shippers to seven weekly sailings. The company says this is a strong indication that shipping lines and their customers see the evidence for how our location can benefit the whole supply chain.

The new service starts just days before the UK had originally planned to leave the EU, though confusion remains as what is actually going to happen with news changing so often. Businesses still do not know exactly what the customs arrangements will be and James Leeson, Head of Commercial UK Ports, DP World, observed:

“At a time when UK businesses are putting supply chain contingency plans in place, DP World already has the customs clearance systems facilities and infrastructure to keep trade flowing. Container feeder services from Southampton and London Gateway give business an alternative to RoRo ports. 90% of cargo that comes through our UK terminals is customs cleared within an hour. Traditionally it is the ports on the east coast of the UK that serve Russia and the Baltics. This [latest] service will provide importers and exporters with an alternative option.”