Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Unifeeder Expands Feeder Shipping Services Into The UK

Eastern Britain To Get New European Link
Shipping News Feature

BALTIC - UK – Danish shipping line Unifeeder has announced that they are to expand their northern European services to include three new calls into five UK ports from Rotterdam and Hamburg. From June, 2010, Unifeeder will operate three vessels between the continent and Grangemouth, South Shields, Teesport, Immingham and Felixstowe on a triple loop that is aimed to provide a flexible short sea connection for customers down the east coast of Britain. This in turn means clients will be able to access Unifeeder’s freight network throughout northern Europe, Scandinavia and Russia.

Speaking of the new services Jesper Kristiansen, CEO of Unifeeder, said that: “Expansion towards the west is the latest initiative in our attempts to implement this decision. We are now further strengthening our network coverage which is already the largest in Northern Europe. Adding the UK as an integrated destination will complement the network.”

Unifeeder, which handled some 1.6 million TEU’s in 2008 foresee their geographical targets as some of the most likely to perform well in the coming months. Trade in the company’s traditional Eastern European market remains buoyant and extending services into the UK was an obvious tactic for the group which encompasses dozens of ports within its network.

Unifeeder have daily port calls on their busiest routes and fixed day timetables for the remainder assuring customers of regular scheduled service, with thirty years experience the company is sure that the new routes will quickly become an accepted part of the British short sea shipping scene.

At present the company’s fleet comprises 35 vessels, with three more to be added for the UK routes, ranging from 500 to 1500 TEU capacity with the ability to carry any type of container cargo including reefers, tank containers, out of gauge units and all classifications of IMDG goods.