Port of Tilbury, owned by Forth Ports Limited, and Port of Zeebrugge / MBZ have announced that SCS Multiport will add a brand new route to their current Amsterdam-Tilbury service to deliver Far East deep sea transhipment and continental loads between the container ports of Tilbury, Amsterdam and Zeebrugge.
This new regular service, which begins on August 3, will run twice weekly directly between Zeebrugge and Tilbury, connecting East / West shipping lanes with the main trade route for London and the South East.
SCS Multiport as the operator for the strategic partnership – will carry new transhipment volumes between Tilbury’s London Container Terminal and the deep water port of Zeebrugge, providing an East / West link into Tilbury, as well as a North / South link for Zeebrugge.
In addition, SCS Multiport will as part of their close connection with CWT Europe (CWT Europe is one of the main shareholders), carry general goods from Western Europe and from Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania.
Joachim Coens, CEO of the Port of Zeebrugge said: “This connection gives a unique and faster connectivity for our deep sea cargo into the heart of London. Furthermore, it strengthens both ports’ network into the European market.”
The agreement will focus on enhancing container cargo volumes at Port of Zeebrugge and London Container Terminal (LCT) in Tilbury which is the UK’s 3rd largest container terminal.
Zeebrugge’s container volumes are largely dominated by deep sea Far East volumes, while LCT has a particularly strong position on the South America trades through customers such as MSC, Maersk and CMA-CGM.
Press Release, August 1, 2014