Wednesday, April 13, 2011

North East Port Continues To Gain Container Freight Traffic

European Links Extended by Box Carrier
Shipping News Feature

UK- BELGIUM – NETHERLANDS – Tomorrow will see the first arrival at Teesport of a BG Freight Line vessel on that company’s extended sailing schedule between England, Scotland and the Benelux countries. BG Freight, part of the Peel Ports Group, established a weekly service between Teesport and Rotterdam in April 2009 and added a second service in March 2010. Now this new service, the third weekly service into Teesport by BG Freight Line, will link the north-east UK port with Antwerp as well as Rotterdam and the container carrier expects the direct service from Antwerp will prove especially popular.

The services accept all types of container and tank traffic, with the specially fitted vessels in its twelve strong fleet, BG can offer space for 45ft long 2.55 wide high cube containers as well as any length tank or bulk container. The company’s core work is in short sea and box feeder services and Koert Luitwieler, BG Freight CEO, pointed out their steady growth saying:

“We continue to see demand for services into Teesport rise and so decided to launch a third weekly service. The link to Antwerp opens up a new market for us on this route and we are confident we will attract a lot of cargo from there.”

Teesport now handles around 20 vessels a week compared with the four or five a week just a few years ago leading to PD Ports ambitious expansion plans as detailed here previously. Frans Calje, Managing Director Unitised, PD Ports, commented:

“This is a growing market and the need for another service is both a vote of confidence in PD Ports to handle the additional traffic and in the north-east as a place to do business.”