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Transfennica adds new Portsmouth links

[ May 1, 2014   //   ]

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 option of shipping a substantial part of their Thursday and Friday collections during the weekend and delivering all over the UK by Sunday evening or Monday morning. It also gives a route for driver accompanied traffic from the South West of England can use this route to Belgium.

As well as 12 driver accompanied, unaccompanied and containers, the service can also handle out of gauge, heavy, mafi, project and hazardous cargo.

In January, Transfennica replaced two smaller chartered vessels with larger ones with a capacity of 100 trailers, 150 double-stacked containers and 12 drivers.

Port Manager of Portsmouth International Port, Martin Putman, commented: “We welcome this initiative from Transfennica which has already established its credentials in the Spanish unaccompanied market. This new service will give freight customers using Portsmouth even greater choice and we look forward to developing this trade.”

Transfennica director, Eric de Wit, added: “We believe the market is ready for an unaccompanied solution connecting Spain, the UK and Belgium. This will allow transport companies to efficiently use their own trucks in the UK and use the Portsmouth to Zeebrugge sailing to balance their cargo flows. The availability of other sailings, both in Portsmouth as well as in Zeebrugge, increases flexibility and efficiency.”

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