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Here’s TEU Portico’s empty container milestone

[ April 29, 2021   //   ]

Portsmouth International Port stevedore Portico says it has evacuated more than have 10,000teu  of empty containers back to origin during the recent shipping crisis.

Portico worked with some of the world’s biggest shipping lines, including CMA CGM, Evergreen, Hapag Lloyd, Yang Ming and HMM, to return containers via Continental Europe to Asia.

The port offers deep water access for sub-Panamax sized ships, next to a motorway making it an ideal hub for future feeder services, Portico adds.

Operations director Steve Williams said: “I’m delighted that we’re going to hit this impressive milestone of 10,000 empty containers shipped, and have done our bit to help solve this issue. It also demonstrates the potential of scheduled feeder services establishing themselves at Portsmouth – our modern equipment can handle containers with ease, and the flexibility of our operation means we can react with speed. We stand ready to assist with any backlogs that occur as a result of the recent issues in the Suez Canal.”

Commercial manager, Jonathan Williams, added: “Regional ports, such as our home here in Portsmouth, offer businesses the opportunity to maximise marine and minimise road movements. Feeder services from major European ports can get UK imports closer to where they need to be, increasing efficiency and offering substantial carbon savings”.