Inter European specialist, Containerships, has opened a direct link between Northern Spain and Portugal and the North West of England.
The additional service has been adapted to Spain, UK and Ireland market needs and will operate a weekly loop bringing essential supplies closer to the North West market.
The aim is to improve transit times between Spain, the UK and Ireland, while providing a greener alternative to long trucking journeys that have been impacted by COVID-19.
Maintaining food supplies has been a key strategic focus during the pandemic, and shortening ‘last mile’ deliveries has become an important consideration to mitigate vulnerabilities to drivers over long distances.
The port has been working closely with the Port Health Authority to enable smoother clearance procedures especially for food products, as well as other value-added services available from the terminals.
David Huck, managing director at Peel Ports, which runs the Port of Liverpool, said: ““As part of our national response we are developing new ways to manage essential supply chains such as fresh produce and construction materials.
“Containerships is proving to be a key partner for the terminal’s growth having increased its market share in Liverpool by 1.5% compared with 2019. We are pleased to be able to offer the industry an increase in its competitiveness through our facilities.”
This is a challenging time for the transport sector, in particular ferry operators Europe-wide, which are struggling with restrictions and congestion at southern ports, dramatic drops in volume for both passengers and freight, and hence are cancelling sailings and laying up vessels.
Mathis Stöckmann, chief operation officer, Containerships, stated: “It’s important now more than ever, that we continue to optimise our supply chain.
“Reducing minimum lead times, increasing our flexibility and being responsive to the market will ensure we are in a strong position to meet the fast and ever-evolving changes faced by our customers in the current economic climate.”
The increase in volume will also lead to an additional call later in the year, making use of Peel Ports’ integrated network from Ferrol to Liverpool, Dublin, Greenock and Bristol.