Brittany vessels returns but no Portsmouth sailings to Spain

Brittany Ferries’ Pont-Aven returned to service on 14 May following repairs to fire damage suffered while en route from Plymouth to Santander on 29 April. She will be running on three of her four engines at a reduced speed of 20 rather than 24 knots. While the number of rotations between the UK and Spain will not change Spanish sailings will operate only from Plymouth and not Portsmouth. Fitting of a ... [+]

New ops head for Portsmouth

Ian Diaper has joined Portsmouth International Port as head of operations, a new role created to manage shore side activity. He has spent over 40 years in the shipping industry, most recently as the service delivery improvement manager for ABP Southampton. [+]

Portsmouth opens new linkspan

Shipping minister Nusrat Ghani officially opened Portsmouth International Port's new £9m linkspan on 9 August. It is the first step in a £20m investment programme at the second-largest cross-channel port and received over £500,000 in EU funding, with the rest of the £9m provided by Portsmouth City Council which owns ... [+]

MMD to get Portsmouth site shipshape

MMD Shipping Services in Portsmouth is to launch a regeneration project on its 22-acre city-centre site. Improvements include removing warehouses and creating space for up to 1,200 additional container spaces and an additional 250 reefer points and doubling the terminal's current capacity, in response to changes in how goods and produce ... [+]

Winds of change for Portsmouth’s MMD

Portsmouth based cargo operator MMD Shipping Services has secured a 10-year agreement with international manufacturer MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. The new deal involves handling wind turbine blades, which measure 80m long and weigh 35 tonnes. It is expected to generate 48 smaller vessel movements from the spring, and a further 12 throughout ... [+]

Another reefer line switches to Dover

Caribbean specialist operator Geest Line is to move its south of England call from Portsmouth to Dover following an increase in the size of its ships and to accommodate the need for weekend discharge of cargoes. Geest has replaced its four chartered vessels with five larger and newer ships, increasing capacity ... [+]

Portsmouth wins Colombia link

Maersk Line has introduced a new weekly service from Colombia, South America to Portsmouth in the UK, primarily to carry containerised refrigerated bananas. The Hampshire port welcomed the Maersk Antwerp Trader – the first vessel on the new service and the largest cargo ship ever to call – on 20 ... [+]

Harvest time special

CMA CGM has upgraded its service from Morocco to Europe for the citrus fruit and vegetable export season. OPDR, its subsidiary since 1 July will operate the CISS service from 7 November from Agadir to Tilbury and other European ports and the AGAX service from 15 October between Agadir, Casablanca ... [+]

Portsmouth-Le Havre set to shut

DFDS Seaways says it plans to shut its twice-daily Portsmouth to Le Havre freight and passenger ro ro service, following a meeting with union representatives in France. DFDS Seaways France took over the Portsmouth-Le Havre service in 2012 as part of its joint venture with LD Lines but both companies have ... [+]

Transfennica adds new Portsmouth links

Short-sea ro ro operator Transfennica is to introduce a twice-weekly service to Portsmouth on its service from Bilbao, Spain from 13 May. The Tuesday and Friday evening sailings from Bilbao will call Portsmouth on Thursdays at 06.00 and on Sundays at 07.00 before heading to Zeebrugge. The new call gives customers the ... [+]

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