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Tilbury and Calais ports develop a new shipping route

Tilbury and Calais ports develop a new shipping route

P&O Ferries will strengthen its position in the English Channel by launching a new daily ferry service linking Calais with the Port of Tilbury.

The Ports of Tilbury and Calais are uniting to introduce a direct route to lead across the channel on a daily basis – meaning goods will be moved across the route more regularly. This can increase opportunities for international trade for businesses based in the South East of England.

Speaking on the matter was Janette Bell, Chief Executive of P&O Ferries: “We are delighted to be able to increase the choice we offer our customers by introducing a reliable, efficient and timely route for goods bound for markets in London and the South East.”

“The route saves up to 75 road miles each day compared with the traditional Calais-Dover crossing, meaning that our customers save on fuel and land on the doorstep of London. By prioritizing the fast discharge of the ship, the freight can be on the M25 from 5.30am, thereby enabling time-sensitive loads to continue their journey before the rush hour starts.”

President of the Regional Council of Hauts-de-France, Xavier Bertrand also made a statement: “The opening of a regular shipping line between Tilbury and Calais is an event to celebrate for many reasons. On the one hand, it meets the expectations of the European market and will help developing trade with Greater London, the Midlands and Greater Manchester.”

“On the other hand, it will improve the fluidity on the Channel, especially in the event of a No Deal Brexit. The port of Calais and P&O Ferries show their willingness to invest in the future, to offer a wider range of services to their customers in the logistics sector and to enhance the attractiveness of the French coastline.”

At Forth Ports, Chief Exec Charles Hammond said: “This adds another string to Tilbury’s market offering at a crucial time for the UK economy. Our £250M investment in an expanded ferry terminal at Tilbury2 will add further scope to grow our P&O routes to-and-from northern Europe in 2020.”

P&O Ferries named the Caroline Russ as the ship that will charter the route. Sailing twice a weekday, and once a day at the weekend. The freighter has the capacity for 100 units, meaning P&O, Forth Ports and Calais hope to see 50,000 units carried across the channel within the first year.