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SCH lands Neptune deal in Southampton

[ July 30, 2019   //   ]

Southampton-based terminal operator SCH has secured an agreement to load and discharge all Neptune Lines ro ro vessels calling in the port. The lines’ pure car and truck carriers are expected to call twice a week on a European rotation that will bring Renault-Nissan and Dacia vehicles through Southampton.

Neptune previously shared the traffic with Euro Marine Logistics (EML) but has now secured the full volume of UK vehicle imports, set to total around 30,000 units per year. Renault Nissan vehicles will be loaded in Spain, while Dacia units will be transshipped from Zeebrugge. The European port rotation comprises two separate legs that also include calls in Le Havre, Rosslare and Portbury.

SCH had previously discharged the proportion of traffic that was carried by EML but, from July 1, will handle the total volume, as exclusive stevedores to Neptune.

SCH director Lee Davis explained: “The addition of Neptune Lines to our list of customers will mean that we now handle 100% of the Renault Nissan traffic coming into the port and will provide another boost to our cargo volumes.  Securing this work is a further reflection of the high levels of service and expertise that we are able to offer ro-ro shippers.”

SCH also handles Ford traffic moving through the Port of Liverpool.