Helsinki-based Containerships is to introduce a second weekly service from Gdynia, Poland, to Hutchison Ports London Thamesport, the carrier’s second direct service to and from the southern part of the UK.
The service offers regular and fast connections with Poland, with improved service and transit times from Gdynia of 3-4 days and 4-6 days for the return journey.
Mark Taylor, on behalf of London Thamesport, said: “This additional direct service from Gdynia provides a reliable, cost effective short sea alternative to road transport from Poland. This will provide a welcome option for UK importers struggling with driver shortages and higher haulage rates on the continent.
“As Brexit draws nearer, an increasing number of importers and exporters are reviewing their supply chain strategies, looking for routes that offer high resilience whatever the Brexit outcome.”
London Thamesport can handle a variety of deep and shallow-drafted vessels carrying a broad range of cargoes, including, containers, break-bulk and project cargoes.
Containerships is a short sea, end-to-end operator providing full service logistics from producer to consumer.
It is present in 21 countries and operates a fleet of 14 ships across the North and Baltic Seas as well as the Mediterranean.
The carrier’s services are designed to offer a competitive, environmentally friendly alternative to road transport through frequent departures and the use of 45-f containers that offer the same loading capacity as road trailers.