Tagged: Bilbao

BG Freight suspends intra-Iberia service and slots on Unifeeder

BG Freight Line, a subsidiary of the UK’s Peel Ports Group, is to suspend its weekly intra-Iberia service, so far run with the 868 teu vessels BERIT and BOTTENVIK.

At the same time, the Rotterdam-based operator is to take slots allocations on the Spain-related services of Unifeeder. The Danish short sea and feeder line had recently opened a number of new services in the Western Med and along the southwest European Atlantic coast, centered on the Gibraltar Straits hub port of Algeciras.

BG Freight will offer following coverage:

  • Algeciras, Vigo, Bilbao, Algeciras
  • Algeciras, Lisbon, Leixoes, Algeciras

The BOTTENVIK has been chartered by Maersk Line Seago for the Levant – Black Sea ‘Citrus’ season.


OPDR adds Andalusia link with new Huelva call


The OPDR CADIZ opened the way on 24 September / Credit: OPDR

As of today, the German short sea shipping and logistics company Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei (OPDR) will add the port of Huelva to its network. The Spanish Andalusian port will be served as part of the shipping line’s ‘SEBI’, a loop which connects the European northern range with the Iberian peninsula and the Canaries.

The service has the following rotation: Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Leixoes, Lisbon, Sevilla, Las Palmas, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Cadiz, Huelva (new), Bilbao.

OPDR now deploys four vessels on the service, the OPDR LISBOA, OPDR LA PALMAS, OPDR CADIZ – which made an inaugural trial call on Sep 24 – and the OPDR TANGER, which today officially opened the new destination.

OPDR is therefore now the only shipping line to call at Huelva with a full container service.

The addition of Huelva to the ‘SEBI’ follows the recent addition of Bilbao to the service. At this occasion, the North European feeder operator Teamlines began taking slots on the Northern Range to Bilbao leg of the service and dropped Bilbao from one of its own weekly feeders.

OPDR and Team Lines to open new North Europe – Bilbao service

The Hamburg-based specialist carrier Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei (OPDR), a member of the Schulte Group and Team Lines, a subsidiary of the Belgian Delphis Group, have announced the launch of a new joint service from northern Europe to Spain.

As of mid-October, OPDR and Team Lines will offer weekly fixed-day sailings on the rotation Rotterdam, Bilbao, Felixstowe, Rotterdam.

The service will be launched on 11 October with a first southbound departure of the OPDR-operated 698 teu vessel OPDR CADIZ. The ship will be redeployed from the German shipping line’s Northern Europe to Canaries loop.

For the time being, it appears that – even though the two carriers announced a ‘joint’ loop – OPDR will be the sole vessel provider on the service whereas Team Lines only takes slots.

OPDR said it will offer all equipment types on the new route, including 45-foot pallet-wide high-cube containers and 45-foot pallet-wide high-cube reefers.