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The shipping company P&O Ferries, together with PD Ports, operator of the port in Teesport, and ECS & 2XL, a rail company, will extend the sea service in question with a rail link to Scotland.
Following the discontinuation of the DFDS Seaways' short sea service between Zeebrugge and the Scottish Rosyth, P&O Ferries will upsize by about one-fourth the capacity on its Zeebrugge-Teesport in order to capture the volumes and serve trade between Scotland and the continent.
The rail service will connect Teesport with Mossend. The timetables of the sea and rail services will be synchronised.
P&O Ferries provides 12 weekly sailings between the Belgian and English seaports with the use of two ro-ro vessels, Bore Song and Mistral.
"The most reliable way for exporters to or from Scotland to transport their goods is via Teesport. The 15 hour sailing is more cost efficient than more northerly routes and by integrating our timetable with PD Ports' new rail service to Scotland we can guarantee customers an unrivalled service to and from northern Britain," Janette Bell, Chief Executive, P&O Ferries, said.
Frans Calje, Chief Executive, PD Ports, added, "PD Ports has extensive rail capacity with direct intermodal links across the UK and with a new, second planned daily service to Scotland imminent, we will shortly see further opportunities for cargo movements to and from Scotland."
"The Teesport Rail initiative started three years ago, with a reliable level of service from day one. The increased ferry and rail capacity will enable us to further develop and strengthen our rail connections to/from Scotland […]," Pieter Balcaen, Chief Executive, ECS & 2XL (European Logistics Group), also said.