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Short sea lines make Tilbury their home

[ December 15, 2015   //   ]

Short Sea shipping specialists MacAndrews and OPDR – both subsidiaries of CMA CGM – are to join forces at Tilbury’s London Container Terminal from 1 January. Between them, the two lines will offer nine calls per week with connections to and from Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Poland, Morocco and Canary Islands. Tilbury will be the biggest North European hub for CMA CGM’s short sea division with nine calls per week.
Some MacAndrews services used to call at Thamesport. The group thanked the Hutchison-owned port for its excellent work over the years.
Till Ole Barrelet, chief executive officer of the OPDR group and chief operational officer of MacAndrews said however: “The location, the port centric logistics and the connectivity with the CMA CGM Group were the decisive factors for the decision to consolidate at the port of Tilbury. This is another important step to deepen the cooperation with our new shareholder and partner.”
Charles Hammond, chief executive of Forth Ports (owners of London Container Terminal) said: “This is a significant agreement for Tilbury and is an important part of our own growth plan for the port, alongside major investments that will benefit MacAndrews and OPDR such as our new 230,000sq ft chilled facility adjacent to the terminal and extra warehousing facilities being built at London Distribution Park which offer truly port centric logistics. Today’s announcement is testament to the hard work of all the team at London Container Terminal and will provide security for our staff in this extremely competitive container market place.”

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