Steve Porter Transport Group (SPTG) has signed a new 5-year deal with cross Solent ferry company Red Funnel, to remain the ferry operator’s Preferred Freight Partner.
The new agreement builds on the existing commercial partnership, with Steve Porter having acquired Red Funnel’s distribution division in 2011.
The deal ensures that SPTG remain the Isle of Wight’s largest independent freight carrier, offering a bespoke cross-Solent drop-trailer operation from Southampton to East Cowes. With its Freight Partner status SPTG will ensure that its customers are given priority in terms of its drop-trailer service and general freight movements and that it retains it commercial competitive advantage.
Commenting on the alliance, Malcolm Gibson, Managing Director of Steve Porter Transport Group said: “This unique alliance will ensure that we can offer the most competitive cross Solent freight options for our customers as we continue to build our drop trailer offering to supermarkets, retailers and organisations currently moving significant volumes of cross-Solent freight.”
Lee Hudson, Red Funnel’s director in charge of sales said: “Red Funnel has been operating the Southampton-Cowes ferry route since 1861 and we have created a very strong partnership over the past five years with Steve Porter. Both businesses have taken advantage of over 120 years of combined business expertise on the Island and we have forged a unique relationship between our two highly skilled and motivated teams to provide a top quality, one stop service for an extremely wide range of customers.”