Monday, April 20, 2015

New Service for Container Terminal as Basque Port Commences Freight Shipments This Month

Multimodal Group Links Up With Tilbury
Shipping News Feature

UK – SPAIN – The Port of Pasaia (Pasajes) is little known in the UK but is in fact the second most important such facility in the Basque country. As from this month there will be a brand new regular container service route between the Spanish port and the London Container Terminal (LCT) based within Tilbury docks. The new service will start on 23rd April, Saint George’s Day with a weekly rotation of Pasaia, Tilbury, Antwerp, Pasaia and the route will be operated by JSV Logistic and handle a variety of freight.

JSV connects the Spanish Peninsula with the Canary Islands and other ports situated in the Mediterranean using its own vessels and a variety of multimodal services. JSV is committed to reducing Europe's truck road miles and now intends to transport to the UK containerised steel and paper products, along with a mix of chemicals, autoparts and perishables which would normally be trucked through France and the Channel Tunnel.  Antonio Herzog, from JSV Logistic said:

“The JSV group, whose subsidiary FAHER Maritime operates the new service, is pleased to expand its current Pasaia – Antwerp service into Tilbury. Our company will focus its growth strategy in the promising British market and in the specific trades that better fit with our experience in specialised containers. The link between Tilbury and Pasaia offers new opportunities to the companies in both hinterlands, who will benefit from our wide array of equipment.”

The new service was warmly welcomed by both Spanish and English port management groups. Commenting on the service Ricardo Peña, President of the Port of Pasaia said:

“Today we celebrate the launch of a new service with the United Kingdom. The UK is a major market for the port of Pasaia and is our main import and export route. We are especially happy to start a strategic alliance with the port of Tilbury, a major gateway to the South East and London areas. Despite its different sizes, both ports will collaborate in the development of intermodal solutions in the Atlantic Arch and will explore together the business opportunities offered by the complementarity between the economies of the regions, including the centre and the Mediterranean coast of the Iberian Peninsula, which is very well connected by motorway and rail from the Port of Pasaia.”

One of the attractive features of LCT for Spanish exporters is the terminal's ability to handle and store up to 1,400, 40 foot High Cube reefer containers at any one time. Welcoming the new service, Angela Black, Head of Commercial at London Container Terminal said:

"We are delighted to welcome JSV and their new service to LCT. This announcement signals growth in the UK construction market with the import of steel to the port and we are delighted to be forming a new strategic alliance with the Port of Pasaia. As London's major port, we are unrivalled in our connectivity in the south east of UK and provide strong supply chain services to our customers at the Port."