The Port of Tyne is to announce a new container shipping service to Russia.
Seago Line will be operating two vessels on an eight day service connecting the Port, named North East Business of the Year 2013, directly with St Petersburg.
The new service will supplement existing container traffic routes operated by Unifeeder and BG Freight, which already provide customers with world-wide connectivity via Felixstowe, Grangemouth and Rotterdam.
Its introduction will see the Port’s container exports increase by approximately 50% and it also hoped new customers will use the business’ warehousing and distribution services.
John Tye, the Port’s commercial director for logistics, said: “This is great news following the major investment in a new £6m gantry crane.
“It opens up an important route in to the emerging Russian market.
“It provides a great opportunity for businesses operating in North East England and also those based along the M62 corridor from Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool through to the borders of Scotland.
“All can now benefit from the cost savings afforded to anyone looking to import or export goods to and from our own region and beyond.”
For the new service, Seago Line will operate the Seago Wybelsum and Seago Calisto, which will be calling alternatively every Saturday at the Port of Tyne in South Shields.
Robert Clegg, Seago Line UK & Ireland general manager, said: “This is a first for Seago Line and will be our only feeder connection in to St Petersburg offering significant import and export growth.
“Our customers can expect to have access to Seago’s significant equipment pool, industry knowledge, unmatched vessel fleet and extensive network that comes through our close relationship with the Maersk Group.”
The news comes just before the Port’s attendance at this year’s Multimodal, the UK’s largest logistics exhibition which will take place at the NEC in Birmingham next week.
Now entering its seventh year, the event has evolved into an annual one-stop-shop for shippers who need to optimise their supply chain and transportation flow, and will host up to 5,000 visitors.
John Tye, Port of Tyne commercial director for logistics, said: “Multimodal is a growing platform to meet new and existing customers and spell out the benefits the Port can provide in meeting their supply chain needs.
“This year we have increased our presence at the exhibition and our team will be reinforcing the fact that working with the Port of Tyne allows you to connect your business to the rest of the world cost – effectively and efficiently, demonstrated by the timely introduction of this exciting new route to Russia.’’