Photo: Interface Terminal Gent
The newly established I-MOTION Shipping from Ghent has kicked off a container service between the two ports in question.
The service includes three weekly calls to Hull Container Terminal and to Interface Terminal Gent. The first sailing was made by the 100 m-long Cartagena.
Some 30k TEU/year is expected to be shipped on the route.
"In 2017 ABP took the decision to invest £50 million in our container terminals in the Humber which influenced I-Motion's decision to come to Hull Container Terminal. This new business arrives on the back of the new additional sailings between Amsterdam and Hull that was announced earlier in the year," Simon Bird, Director, Associated British Ports (ABP) Humber Ports, said.
Filip Slock, Managing Director, I-MOTION Shipping, added, "We are supporting our intermodal customers by ensuring they're primarily located to suitable markets. Interface Terminal Ghent offers a unique and streamlined service to ensure cargo flows efficiently."
"I-MOTION's new container service demonstrates there is a clear market demand for more short sea connectivity from Belgium to Hull and our recent investments ensure we are well positioned to deal with this growing demand," Christopher Vause, Commercial Manager, ABP Humber, summed up.