The new service builds on the Port of Grangemouth’s reputation as one of Europe’s premier feeder ports, and reinforces Forth Ports’ recent capital investment in the facility. In addition, the introduction of the route significantly improves the availability of a sustainable alternative to road haulage for transporting goods across the UK.
Nik Scott-Gray, development manager for Forth Ports, pointed out that the ability to provide an additional cargo service out of Grangemouth not only meets growing demand in the Scottish market, but also offers an environmentally friendly and cost-efficient alternative to road freight.
Feederlink vessels will depart from the Port of Grangemouth for Southampton, calling at the Port of Tyne on the return journey, bringing the number of calls at Grangemouth to six a week.
Feederlink already calls at Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Tees, Tyne and Immingham from Grangemouth. Forth Ports also offer services on behalf of Samskip, BG Freight and MSC, linking the Port of Grangemouth with Rotterdam and Antwerp.