The ferry and logistics company has chartered the 118 metre Elisabeth, a 5,000 ton container ship which makes three round-trips per week between Zeebrugge and Hull. The new sailings will complement P&O Ferries’ existing combined tourist and freight service between Hull and the Belgian port, with the two ships on the route undergoing an £8.5 million relaunch earlier this year.
Janette Bell, Managing Director of P&O Ferries, said: “The new service will offer fast and efficient turnaround times in both ports, with our recently expanded Zeebrugge terminal having optimised handling at our freight gate to help customers’ delivery commitments. We will carry all types of lift units on the new service including containers and swap bodies.”
Zeebrugge is the ferry and logistics company’s main continental hub. Overseas exporters to Britain benefit from P&O Ferries’ dedicated freight routes from Zeebrugge to Teesport and Tilbury as well as Hull. The company has enhanced rail facilities at the port which handle the growing proportion of its cargoes which originate in Central and Eastern Europe. And exporters from Britain benefit from onward connectivity to northern Spain and Gothenburg via services operated by lines in partnership with P&O Ferries.
Source: Port of Zeebrugge, 10 May 2017