Friday, March 5, 2010

UK - Greek Freight Groupage Shipping Specialist Closes Down

Sealandair Call it a Day after 50 Years in London
Shipping News Feature

UK – Sealandair Transport, pioneers of groupage trucks to and from Greece have been forced to shut up shop after more than five decades trading in the Capital. Initially sited in Royal Mint Street, the company which started by specializing in the rapid resupply of the vessels of Greek owned shipping lines by way of their comprehensive ships stores services, finally had to accept their fate after severe losses in the past year.

Executives at the company have long blamed Eastern European hauliers for their declining fortunes; during the halcyon days of the 1970’s and 80’s Sealandair moved South of the river to premises shared with European consolidation pioneers New Age (European Freightbus) Ltd until moving back to East London in 1987 to their final home in Canning Town.

Sealandair supported many Greek owner drivers throughout their existence but a spokesman told the Handy Shipping Guide that recently prices had spiraled lower and lower as other foreign truckers cut rates continually. The situation was exacerbated by the parlous state of the Greek economy and recent strikes amongst workers in Piraeus and elsewhere.

Groupage and part load trailer traffic provided the bulk of the company’s income and any general freight forwarding work was not sufficient to support the operation.

Enquiries regarding the demise of the company should be addressed to Kallis & Co.