Baltics a blast as Immingham adds to container freight frequency

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 6 Jul 2018

Immingham has increased its European trading links, with an additional service secured to and from Poland. 

Associated British Ports welcomed the extra weekly sailing this week, with market leading container transporter Unifeeder.

Every Thursday the second sailing of the lower Baltic to UK route will bolster the booming terminal and bring in some extra 15,000 units annually.

The short sea service complements the existing Unifeeder sailings, and various North Sea feeder services.

Immingham Container Terminal now handles 17 sailings per week from Unifeeder, A2B, Samskip and BG Freight. 

Read more: Hull secures new Polish/Baltic sailing as Unifeeder doubles Humber service

Major investment is allowing a 50 per cent capacity increase at the terminal, to 300,000 units a year. 

ABP's Humber director, Simon Bird, said: “We are extremely pleased to have secured this new deal with Unifeeder and the fact they have increased their commitment to Immingham Container Terminal, reflects the positive transformations and significant investments made at the terminal in the last 18 months.”

ABP is investing £50 million in its Humber Container Terminals, with another located in Hull, procuring new equipment, people power and technology to meet the increased demand for containerisation.

Mr Bird said growth in volumes has also been driven by a continuing focus on customer service excellence, maximising handling rates and minimising waiting times for hauliers.

Read more: 121-tonne steel roller cargo puts Immingham port team to the test

Marja, pictured above, completed the first additional sailing, from the port of Gdynia, just north of Gdansk. She is a 4,000 tonne 100m long vessel, with a width of 18.2m. 

UK country manager for Unifeeder AS, Andy Ellis, said: “As a sign of the continued, strong growth of Unifeeder we are pleased to announce a second frequency to our Lower Baltic – UK route, in partnership with ABP’s Immingham Container Terminal.

“In a market where truck/trailer capacity is increasingly under pressure, we have a six days door-to-door lead-time, so this route is much more competitive when compared with trucks in terms of meeting customer requirements. It also allows us to operate more cost effectively, more sustainably and in a more environmentally friendly way.”

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