Thursday, May 24, 2018

New Short Sea Container Shipping Service Will Operate Three Times Each Week

Ghent to Hull Option Boosts Humber Port Traffic
Shipping News Feature
BELGIUM – UK – Ghent based I-Motion Shipping has launched a new thrice weekly container service between the Belgian city and Associated British Ports' (ABP) Hull Terminal, to commence operations on May 28. Arriving on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at the Hull Container Terminal. The company estimates that the new service will bring around 30,000 containers through the UK Port annually. Filip Slock, Managing Director of I-Motion Shipping, said:

“We are supporting our intermodal customers by ensuring they’re primarily located to suitable markets. Interface Terminal Ghent offers a unique and streamlined service to ensure cargo flows efficiently.”

The 100 metre MV Cartagena will be the first vessel of the new service to call at the Port of Hull whose management says that container business on the Humber is booming, with an increase of 23% in the last year. In April, the Port of Hull welcomed two ship-to-shore £10.5 million cranes which has enabled the terminal to handle double the previous capacity of containers, some 400,000 per year. ABP Humber Ports Director, Simon Bird, said:

“[This] announcement is a further vote of confidence in our Humber Ports. In 2017 ABP took the decision to invest £50 million in our container terminals in the Humber which influenced I-Motion’s decision to come to Hull Container Terminal. This new business arrives on the back of the new additional sailings between Amsterdam and Hull that were announced earlier in the year.”

ABP’s four ports on the Humber (Grimsby, Goole, Immingham and Hull) handle around 17% of all of the UK’s seaborne trade. Every year the ports handle £75 billion worth of trade, more than the Mersey, Tyne and Tees combined. Christopher Vause, ABP Humber Commercial Manager, added:

“I-Motion’s new container service demonstrates there is a clear market demand for more short sea connectivity from Belgium to Hull and our recent investments ensure we are well positioned to deal with this growing demand.”