Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Short Sea Container Specialist Seeks New Freight Markets Overseas

MacAndrews Expands Existing Services
Shipping News Feature

UK – POLAND –SWEDEN – For those with long associations with the UK or Spanish shipping industry the name of MacAndrews is one that will be familiar having been involved in the movement of freight by water for well over 150 years. Indeed the company’s origins go right back to the 1770’s before moving on to be a key player in the short sea trade well before the onset of box traffic. Lately though the company, now a subsidiary of French container giant CMA CGM, has been at the forefront of the environmental drive to encourage a switch of cargo from road to greener maritime carriage.

MacAndrews, just last week finalists at the British International Freight Association (BIFA) awards on account of the company’s environmental credentials, is now expanding its container services having added a direct call to Tilbury on the existing Polish service with the intention to add the port to its Gothenburg, Sweden route from next month. MacAndrews says customer demand is such that the extra services are an essential supplement to the current service schedule and that with a port to port transit time of just 60 hours to both Tilbury and Hull,as well as maintaining two sailings per week from Poland to the UK, more shippers will be willing to make the switch from road haulage.

MacAndrews still maintains its strong links with the Iberian peninsular with services to and from Irish, Scottish and Dutch ports as well as various English centres and the latest move will enable the consolidation of cargo from Poland to the UK and develop and expand Tilbury as a transhipment hub for Spanish and Portuguese traffic. With the company fleet now exceeding 9,000 TEU’s, many in the 45' High Cube Pallet Wide bracket the company is confident that it can build on its traditional roots which include five Spanish offices mainly trading on the regional staples of fresh and frozen produce.