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.
Feeder operator WEC Lines is to open a third North Europe – Iberia service, effective 11 May.
The MSC subsidiary has chartered two 868 teu sister vessels, the Sietas-168 type units ROBERT and BJORG, to sail on the following two-week rotation: Rotterdam, Tillbury, Antwerp, Vigo, Leixoes, Sines, Lisbon, Rotterdam.
This service will operate in addition to two existing loops of MSC:
- the ‘Accordion’ service, which links Antwerp to North Spain, Portugal, East Spain, in three weeks;
- a ‘sister’ two week North Europe-Iberia service concentrating on Atlantic ports.
This new service follows the recent opening, on 26 April, of MacAndrews’ (CMA CGM Group) ‘NFX’, which also links the UK and Benelux to Portugal.