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First call for Liverpool’s new Dunkerque link

[ February 15, 2021   //   ]

Peel Ports has officially welcomed the new ‘DUNK’ service from Dunkerque operated by CMA CGM short sea arm Containerships. The weekly service, which also calls in Bristol, departs the Northern French port on Fridays, arriving in Liverpool the following Monday.

Peel Ports Group managing director, David Huck, said: “The new service from Containerships is recognition of the need to ease congestion in southern ports closer to the EU border and ensure minimum lead times for their customers. The impact of Brexit and Covid-19 continue to highlight the vulnerability of supply chains to disruption and the need to improve supply chain resilience.

 “We continue to work closely with the world’s leading shipping lines to encourage more services to the Port of Liverpool and help to alleviate some of the pinch points on supply chains that have previously relied on goods to enter and exit the UK via the south east.

“We are now moving forward with our plans for 150 new skilled jobs on Merseyside off the back of further business growth.”

Chief executive of Containerships, Rob Waterman, added: “As a customer centric company, we are always looking for new ways to provide our customers with differentiated services, fast transit times and efficient access to their inland destinations. Our new DUNK route, connecting Liverpool and Bristol in the UK with Dunkirk in France, gives suppliers on the continent direct access to businesses in the North of the UK. The Port of Liverpool is ideally located, perfectly connected via road, rail, and sea to the rest of the UK, and allows us to bypass the congestion associated with road and rail crossings into the country.”