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Bigger ships for Transfennica

[ January 10, 2014   //   ]

Transfennica has introduced larger ships on its Zeebrugge – Bilbao ro ro and container route. The MV Forerunner and MV Forecaster will operate two sailings per week in each direction, offering a capacity of 3,000 lane metres compared with the previous vessels’ 2,700 lane metres.There are also 12 cabins for accompanying drivers and the vessels are fully fitted for project cargo; they can take roll trailers with capacities of up to 60 ft/120 tonnes.

Transfennica currently operate two sailings a week in each direction. Departures, both from Zeebrugge and Bilbao, take place on Tuesdays and Fridays. Excellent connections are available in Zeebrugge to/from the UK and Scandinavia, plus Finland, Russia, Estonia and Poland.

Last year, Transfennica signed an operational agreement with P&O European Ferries, which uses the same terminal in Zeebrugge, offering connections twice-daily to and from Tilbury and also to and from Hull and Teesport. Transfennica director Eric de Wit, said; “UK hauliers, expecially in the North of England, can save a lot of road miles.”

He added: “We have seen continued growth during 2013 and we are very confident that these larger vessels will perform extremely well serving the needs of our customers. The Motorways of the Sea development has proven to be a very reliable alternative to road transport.”

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