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.
Maersk Line and Safmarine have thinned out their ‘WAF5+’ loop, which links the Gibraltar Strait hubs of Algeciras (Spain) and Tanger Med (Morocco) with the ports of Luanda, Lobito and Namibe.
A week ago, the service has been downgraded from weekly departures to fortnightly sailings. It is now maintained with a fleet of three vessels in the size range of some 1,700 teu.
The ‘WAF5+’ is one of currently ten active liner services with which Maersk Line and Safmarine connect their western Med hubs with numerous ports in West Africa. Given the seasonal nature of some of the typical cargoes in the trade, the fluctuation in cargo volumes and the varying (and often long) waiting times at some West African ports, the services are subject to frequent modification.