Samskip to launch new weekly service
Europena shortsea carrier Samskip Multimodal Container Logistics is next week to launch a new weekly door-to-door service between Zeebrugge and the northern UK port of Teesport.
The 800 teu Samskip Courier will depart the Belgium port on Fridays and Teesport on Sundays, and the line will also offer a quay-to-quay service for shipper with their own haulage equipment.
Samskip route director Diederick Blom said the new service was launched in response to growing demand in the north-east, and importers elsewhere in the UK that preferred to route their cargo through the emerging regional gateway.
?Over the years Teesport has grown in popularity and volume. The port offers excellent hinterland connections to the Midlands, the north-west and north-east of England.
?Furthermore, Teesport has successfully embraced the concept of port centric logistics, offering shippers cost efficient warehousing and distribution facilities in addition to traditional port services.?
He added: ?The Friday evening departure from Zeebrugge will offer shippers a time efficient transport solution. We have decided to start with a weekly call but depending on customer demand, we will look into the possibility of increasing the frequency.?
The new service coincides with news that UK regional development super-agency, Northern Way, has committed £1m ($1.5m) in commissioning UK rail network developer Network Rail to produce detailed plans for rail gauge enhancement from the ports of Teesport, Hull and Immingham to the East Coast Main Line, which will allow high-cube containers to be moved out of the ports by rail.
Northern Way transport group chairman David Begg said: ?The world is moving to a new standard size of larger format high-cube containers. In another ten years at least 50% of containers arriving in the UK will be high cube but at present you just cannot move them on standard wagons out of the north"s east coast ports.?