The European shortsea container specialist Unifeeder today announced the launch of a new service from the northern France port of Dunkerque to Russia’s St Petersburg.
Unifeeder said the loop was scheduled to launch in early November with weekly departures and it would feature a stopover at Rotterdam, where connections with other Unifeeder services are offered.
According to the carrier the new loop will focus on the French market and reefer containers to Russia. The reefer service aims in particular at the agricultural and food sectors.
The shipping line commented: ‘After a great success with the opening of our Antwerp to St. Petersburg service in the beginning of 2012 and with increasing cargo volumes from France, we feel confident that there is a highly interesting market in France’.
Unifeeder currently deploy six vessels between Russia and port of Germany and the Benelux countries, as well as one vessel which serves Gdynia and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.
For Dunkirk, Unifeeder’s new service will be second link to St Petersburg, adding to CMA CGM’s ‘St Petersburg A’ Baltic service.
Unifeeder is the largest lolo shortsea operator in Northern Europe and it operates a fleet of over 40 vessels in the size range from 700 to 1,600 teu. The carrier refers to itself as the ‘asset light logistics company’ since its entire vessel fleet is time chartered. Since April this year, Unifeeder is owned by the Stockholm-based private equity investment firm Nordic Capital.