WEC Lines will start a new service out of the Port of Liverpool offering connections to the Iberian peninsula, north Africa and the Canaries.
WEC Lines will begin weekly calls to the Peel Ports-owned Seaforth port on February 10 providing a new option for shippers looking to access central and northern UK markets.
It will connect Liverpool with Lisbon, Setubal, Leixoes and Sines and vice versa, with other links to Ireland, Scotland, Morocco, Spain and the Canary Islands.
WEC Lines said:
“This is a major new development for us, offering a dedicated, faster and direct container service for our customers in the Iberian peninsula, north Africa and the Canaries.
“We’re seeing growing demand to ship via Liverpool to provide better access to the heart of the UK.
“The additional supply chain benefits that Peel Ports is able to offer, from quayside services to multimodal transport options, have also been important in our decision. So, our hope is that this will just be a first step towards increasing trade to important UK markets via the North West.”
The company is also considering further opportunities in reefer and consumer goods on the route.
Ross Thomson, sales director, Peel Ports, added:
“We’re delighted to be welcoming a new line to Liverpool, especially as the business drivers for the service underline the overall proposition that we’ve set out for the port.
“The shape of UK logistics is changing, with the North West providing shippers the chance to reduce costs, congestion and carbon emissions by getting closer to the end market.”
“Combined with the backing we have received for our Cargo200 initiative, we are building an increasingly compelling case for cargo owners and lines alike to choose Liverpool.”
In November, Peel Ports announced that it has secured 50 advocates for Cargo200 initiative, including Diageo, JCB and Jaguar Land Rover. The campaign calls for importers and exporters whose goods begin or end their journey in the north of the UK to switch current delivery of ocean freight from South East ports to the centrally-located Port of Liverpool.
The initiative aims to cut freight mileage by 200m miles over the next five years. In addition to achieving significant carbon reduction, the company also estimates that the move could save shippers up to £400 per container in transportation costs by delivering to the heartland of the UK.
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