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P&O Ferries sees North Sea surge

[ July 18, 2017   //   ]

P&O Ferries reported a 14% year on year increase in freight volumes at its two continental rail hubs, Zeebrugge and Europoort, in the first half of 2017. Between January and June the ferry and logistics company handled 42,421 units across the North Sea to the east coast of Britain. Zeebrugge accounted for 30,154 units with Europoort making up 12,087.

The news follows P&O Ferries’ announcement earlier this month that it had carried more freight across the English Channel in the first six months of 2017 than in any first half of the year in its modern history.

Managing director of P&O Ferries, Janette Bell, said: “This outstanding performance at our terminals in Zeebrugge and Europoort illustrates that continental exporters are increasingly using our integrated rail and ferry service across the North Sea for reliable and punctual access to key markets in mainland Britain.”

Together with its logistics division, P&O Ferrymasters, the company also operates integrated road and rail links to Italy, Poland and Romania. A P&O Ferrymasters-owned rail terminal in the northern Romanian city of Oradea, which will facilitate the onward movement of goods from the Silk Road, became operational last year.