New port call boosts short sea efficiency

MV 'Sixtine' CLdN’s LNG-fuelled, H5 class 5.400 lanemeter vessel MV 'Sixtine'. Photo: CLdN

A European short sea ro-ro operator has added a new port of call to its shipping schedule that will support reliable, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly short sea operations across the continent.

Shortly after the launch of its new triangle service between Santander, Liverpool and Dublin, CLdN Ro-Ro has added Zeebrugge as a port of call to its bi-weekly Leixoes-Rotterdam service in an effort to strengthen its network to and from the Iberian peninsula. From the port of Zeebrugge, CLdN Ro-Ro will offer its clients additional through - shipment services to Esbjerg and Gotenborg.

A CLdN spokesman explained: “The developments within our network are following each other rapidly. Despite the difficult and uncertain economic situation, we are gearing up to extend our services by adding new ports and new routes to comply with changing customer demand. We are very pleased to have our multimodal solutions at the ready as a quick response to the fluctuation market circumstances. To us, the additional ro-ro connections to Gothenburg (SE) and Esbjerg (DK) from Leixoes (PT) feel like the last piece of the logistics puzzle. We are now offering a complete shortsea trajectory between north and south for all trailers, containers, high and heavy and project cargo."

To maximise capacity and minimise their carbon footprint as much as possible, the shipping company, which has begun investing in LNG propulsion, has chosen to deploy the latest generation of H5 class vessels (carrying up to 450 freight units + 200 new cars per shipment) to the route. Compared to road haulage, shortsea is a far cleaner solution for cargo transport, especially for such long trajectories.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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