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Tilbury gains fast Caribbean link

[ January 7, 2016   //   ]

Niche shipping specialist, Streamlines – part of the SeaTrade group – has launched a new service between Tilbury and the Caribbean, Central America and Florida. The new Blue Steam service will operate weekly from February with the rotatio: Rotterdam-Tilbury-Le Havre-Fort de France (Martinique)-Pointe a Pitre (Guadeloupe)-Philipsburg (St Maartin), Moin (Costa Rica)-Puerto Cortes (Honduras)-Santo Tomas de Castilla (Guatemala)-Rotterdam and Tilbury.
It will be one of the fastest Caribbean links to the UK, says the port of Tilbury. Subject to pending US regulatory approvals, StreamLines will also offer, through a three-day connecting service to Central America, the fastest service from Florida to the UK – 14 days as against 23 days on the only direct service in the market.
Senior asset manager at Tilbury’s London Container Terminal, Jamie Frater, said: “The new Blue Stream service further strengthens our north-south links, and builds on our existing relationship with Streamline’s parent company Sea Trade, who are already a reefer customer at LCT By using London’s major port, Streamlines will benefit from our unrivalled logistical networks and have access to Europe’s largest chilled warehousing facilities at the container terminal operated by NFT.”
 Pablo Gonzalez from StreamLines added: “The company is going through an intensive investment programme, which includes the building of several container ships and for this reason, the new Blue Stream Service becomes a stepping stone to the future of the company. We have decided to include a call to the Port of Tilbury, which we see as an important entry point for refrigerated cargo to the UK.” 

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