HUTCHISON Ports UK (HPUK) announced that MacAndrews, a subsidiary of CMA CGM, has switched all its South East England calls from Forth Ports’ Tilbury to Hutchison’s Thamesport reports portfinanceinternational.com.
Last spring, MacAndrews had already moved three of its short-sea services from London Container Terminal (LCT) in Tilbury (Essex) to London Thamesport (LTP) on the Isle of Grain (Kent).
The shipping company has now transferred its last remaining service, HPUK reports. The 750 TEU Canopus J, operating on the Bilbao-UK service of MacAndrews, made its first scheduled call at Thamesport on Sunday.
“We have decided to consolidate all four of our weekly multimodal services at London Thamesport following the excellent berth productivity and minimal truck turnaround times given by the port over the last six months,” said Geoffrey Smith, managing director of MacAndrews.
“We welcome MacAndrews’ decision to switch all its calls from Tilbury to London Thamesport,” said Clemence Cheng, CEO of Hutchison Ports (UK). “We have proven over the last few months our ability to adapt to a changing environment quickly and deliver the levels of service MacAndrews quite rightly demand.”
Located 40 miles from central London, Thamesport features a depth of 15 metres of water alongside, 655 metres of quay providing two operational berths equipped with eight ship-to-shore gantry cranes.