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Baltic shuttle for heavylift shipping

[ December 9, 2014   //   ]

Two partners aim to bring a container-style feeder concept to the heavylift and breakbulk cargo sectors in the North Sea and Baltic. The Baltic Cargo Shuttle (BCS) is operated by 8,000dwt heavylift ship MV Lyra J which can call all Baltic ports within a maximum of two days and has two 200-tonne capacity deck cranes.

The service operates mainly in the Antwerp-Hamburg-range, the British Isles, Scandinavia and the Baltic and as far east as St Petersburg. Transit time within the Baltic is a maximum two days, and a maximum of four days between the North Sea and Baltic.
The concept has been developed by the shipbroker Arkon Shipping, based in Haren (Germany), and Polish freight forwarders Best Logistics, in Szczecin.

Arkon managing director Torsten Westphal said that the service had been spurred by the new SECA sulphur emission rules in the North Sea and Baltic from 1 January.

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