Hutchison Ports London Thamesport has received the first call of a new WEC Line service to Bilbao, marking its second new short-sea sailing in less than a week.
According to the operator, the Spanish short sea market has typically suffered from a lack of options when it comes to carrier choice.
Mark Taylor, director at London Thamesport, said: “Brexit has shaken up the European logistics landscape with more and more operators seeking the reliability and predictability afforded by short sea container services.”
Roger Megann, managing director of WEC Lines UK, stated that the service “will further cement our position as the preferred carrier of choice on the short sea trades of Spain, Portugal and Morocco”.
He added: “More cargo owners can see the benefit of converting freight from the traditional but expensive trailer option to the flexible and cost, carbon friendly modality of containers. Since Brexit the traditional short sea routes from Spain have been congested and supply chains have been damaged.
The new route offers a transit time of 72 hours while WEC Lines aims to deliver its customers a one-stop shop including customs clearance, cross docking, canvas haulage and warehousing.