Monday, October 14, 2013

New Short Sea Freight and Feeder Container Route Opened by Logistics Outfits

Cooperation Sees Regular Service Undertaken by German Partners
Shipping News Feature

SPAIN – UK – NETHERLANDS – Shipping group OPDR (Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei), which currently operates short sea container services spanning the three countries as well as the Canary Isles, Germany, Portugal and Morocco, and with a logistics network stretching beyond, is to inaugurate a new domestic and feeder container service between Bilbao, Felixstowe and Rotterdam this month in cooperation with Hamburg based Team Lines, which runs a similar operation from the Iberian Peninsula to the Baltic.

The service aims to provide a fixed day schedule offering fast transit times between Northern Spain and the UK as well as the rest of Northern Europe. It will cater for all equipment types including 45’ Pallet-Wide High Cube containers and 45’ Pallet-Wide High Cube Reefers.

Team Lines uses Belgian based Delphis Logistics for its Northern European freight forwarded traffic and the new routing provides extra opportunities for the partnership, and yet another ships agency for John Good in the UK. Delphis was launched in 2004 by Alexander Saverys, also Managing Director of Team Lines whose family control the venerable Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB) group. Mr. Saverys commented:

“Through this co-operation with OPDR, we strengthen our position on the Iberian trades to Northern Europe and add more transhipment possibilities for door-door Delphis Logistics cargo moving to and from the Baltic Sea. We are very happy to start a new chapter in the long history of our companies and are looking forward to this big improvement in our service offering, which will greatly benefit our customers.”

Till Ole Barrelet, CEO of OPDR, which is in turn part of the German Schulte Group, was equally enthusiastic, saying:

“We are very happy that with Team Lines we found a partner that complements perfectly our long-term business plan on the Iberian Peninsula. Both companies are specialists for the container traffic in and out of the Iberian Peninsula. With the integration of the port of Bilbao into our schedule OPDR now covers all hub ports in Spain and Portugal which will lead to short transit times that are ideal for sensitive cargo to the UK and the rest of Northern Europe.”

Photo: The OPDR Cadiz being worked on the berth in the south western Spanish port of Huelva recently.