Issue 3 2021 - Freight Business Journal


Viasea to start new link to Norway

Norwegian short-sea operator Viasea is to launch a new service between Immingham and four ports in its home country from 1 May. Departing from the Humber port on Saturday it arrives in Oslo on Wednesday, Moss and Larvik on Thursday and Kristiansand

on Friday. The operator’s new office in

Immingham is led by Andrew Ellis, in charge of a team of three. Viasea already operates two

weekly routes from Rotterdam and a weekly service from Klaipeda and Gdynia.

From Kent to the Caribbean

No, not a new no-frills freight ferry service - Port of Dover Cargo has announced a regular string of calls for Soreidom & Caribbean Line, which will become its first scheduled breakbulk customer.

It will use the port’s recently

opened general cargo terminal for a service between Europe and the Caribbean and Latin America carrying breakbulk cargoes such as secondhand trucks.

Return of the triangle for CLdN

Short-sea operator CLdN is increasing capacity and frequency on its service from Santander to Liverpool and Dublin to twice-weekly. Currently it is operating a weekly service out of Santander, calling Liverpool

and Dublin separately, saying that it was forced to detach the respective services at the beginning of this year as a direct result of Brexit. However, as CLdN is an

Authorized Economic Operator (AEO), complying with strict

customs and safety and security regimes, it is now in a position to combine intra-EU and non-EU sailings and will reintroduce the triangle trade, with the rotation Santander- Liverpool-Dublin, leaving the northern Spanish port

on Saturday and Wednesday, arriving in Liverpool on Monday and Friday and subsequently calling Dublin on Tuesday and Saturday. CLdN said the move would

decrease turnaround times of customers’ equipment and give a robust service bypassing the UK landbridge, with its administrative burdens.

Ship operators caught up in the Suez blockage should come directly

to Gothenburg


unload containers bound for both Scandinavia and Europe there rather than get caught

up in congestion in North- West Europe, suggest the port authority and terminal operator terminal operator APM. Cargo can be transhipped to smaller feeder vessels for





European ports, allowing the larger vessels to get back onto regular schedules more quickly. Operators are also being offered a discount on terminal

charges. Gothenburg Port Authority

chief executive, Elvir Dzanic, said: “We want to contribute to a solution to this situation

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