Monday, November 16, 2015

River Thames Sees European and Baltic Feeder Container Freight and Logistics Services Begin

Road Haulage Competitor Improves Transit Times
Shipping News Feature
UK – FINLAND – EUROPE – RUSSIA – Last month saw container feeder service company Containerships re-establish freight services with southern England after the short sea end-to-end operator and logistics provider began connections with Germany, Finland, Russia and the Baltic States through London Thamesport. The Finnish owned line runs a fleet of 14 ships across the North and Baltic Seas as well as the Mediterranean in direct competition with established road haulage routes.

London Thamesport can handle a variety of deep and shallow-drafted vessels carrying a broad range of cargoes including containers, breakbulk, RoRo and project freight and Simon Mullett, on behalf of London Thamesport and its owners Hutchison Port Holdings, was clearly pleased with the shipping line’s decision saying:

“We are delighted that Containerships chose London Thamesport as the UK port for this service. The improved service offers quicker transit times between the southern UK and Baltic ports including just three days to Lubeck and seven days to St Petersburg. With a location close to the M25 London Thamesport is ideally placed as a regional base for a variety of cargo types. In recent months we have handled increasing volumes of specialist cargoes in addition to our core container business.”

First call was on October 23 and the weekly connections are as follows:

Connections East Bound:

• Thamesport Friday >> Lubeck Monday 3 days

• Thamesport Friday >> Helsinki Thursday 6 days

• Thamesport Friday >> St. Petersburg ( Moby Dik) Friday 7 days

• Thamesport Friday >> Riga Sunday 9 days

Connections West Bound:

• Lubeck Tuesday >> Thamesport Friday 3 days

• Helsinki Thursday >> Thamesport Friday 8 days

• St. Petersburg ( Moby Dik) Friday >>Thamesport Friday 7 days

• Riga Sunday >>Thamesport Friday 5 days

Consequently the previous Tilbury service with transhipment via Rotterdam is cancelled and all cargo will be moved directly via Thamesport with improved transit times.