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customers.” He added that focusing on

single ports of loading and discharge offered a more robust solution, especially


sensitive goods. He also suggested that the

service could attract traffic from the new rail services that have operated from China to Europe as well as from established all-water liner operators. He said: “Our aim is to fix longer term vessel contracts and close the transit gap to give rail freight a run for its money but at a much more cost effective proposition.” Owner and operator of the Port

of Liverpool, Peel Ports, which has invested in a multi-million deep water container terminal, said it was well positioned as a viable call for Far East services and other deep-sea lines. Managing director, David Huck, said: “The success of the Allseas services shows there

is demand for a direct China to Liverpool service. We’ve worked closely with Allseas over the last few months to provide a gateway from the Far East direct into the heart of the UK’s cargo owning community. He added that while the

Allseas service would use smaller vessels, “our continued investment into our Liverpool2 deep-water container terminal also means we can handle some of the world’s largest vessels and facilitate deep sea routes, strengthening our position as a viable call for Far East trade.”

In an interview with FBJ, Mr

Wright said that he envisaged that the new service would operate at around two sailings per month, although even higher frequencies were expected in May and June. So far, DKT Allseas had fixed ten vessels on a one-way basis from China. While these were all multipurpose ships, they were designed to carry containers – anywhere between 650 and 1,500teu – although their break- bulk capacity could also be used, if desired. In time, Mr Wright hoped that China Express would use its own

dedicated chartered vessels or there was even the possibility of DKT Allseas buying second hand containerships. With sister company 1st

Containers – which until now has operated mainly in the storage segment of the market also part of the group - DKT Allseas had been able to procure its own box fleet, an issue that has posed problems for some of the other companies that have chartered their own ships from the Far East in recent weeks. Mr Wright envisaged that the China Express containers would even acquire their own livery later in the year. Future expansion of CEX

could include the addition of the main Continental hubs such as Rotterdam or Antwerp, along with other Chinese ports such as Xingang or Yantian. However, the service would continue to focus on a limited number of calls and a simple route structure; it is the need to serve strings of oſten congested ports that has caused many of the problems currently being faced by existing liner operators. DKT Allseas also plans to

launch a new service between New York, Los Angeles and the Continent, possibly by the end of May. This would be a separate string from the CEX service. The latter had meanwhile

proved popular with shippers, particularly those in the North of England, said Mr Wright, but he added that southern UK-based shippers had also been booking slots. “Many are willing to pay a little extra from haulage to avoid the congestion in the southern ports,” he explained. Peel Ports’ head of commercial

(containers), Simon Dixon, told FBJ that the CEX service would use the smaller Seaforth Container terminal as it was more appropriate for the size of vessel than the Liverpool2 terminal, which is able to handle some of the largest containerships in the world. However, the new service would be a showcase

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for Liverpool’s capabilities and a direct Far East service was “fantastic coup” for the port, he added.

He predicted that there could

soon be other new services attracted to Liverpool due to the severe congestion at southern UK ports, as well as customers’ desire to minimise road haulage. “The diversion cost of a service into Liverpool

is less than the

cost of trucking from the south,” he explained. He added that the China Express service was also attractive to the many smaller shippers that had been unable to obtain bookings on the larger lines out of the Far East. Phase 2 of Liverpool2 is due to

open in June, which will allow the port to handle more of the largest container vessels simultaneously.

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