LONDON Container Terminal in Tilbury announced today (21 November) an agreement with short-sea shipping and logistics specialists Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei (OPDR) to handle over 200 calls per annum for OPDR services on their routes between the Iberian Peninsula including the Canary Islands, North Africa and the UK.
OPDR will call at LCT from week 49 starting with their two calls with direct connections from/to Canary Islands, Andalusia, Portugal and Bilbao, followed closely by a second service for the Canaries, Morocco, South of Spain and Portugal and vice versa, resulting in four calls per week to the London port.
The recently launched Bilbao service which sees four vessels, each with a capacity of 700 TEU, on a weekly service connecting Bilbao with Tilbury within two transit days, will be the first call at Tilbury.
Chief Executive Officer of OPDR, Till Ole Barrelet, said: “We are delighted to work with London Container Terminal, a dedicated short sea terminal that understands our business concept. It is essential for OPDR to be close to the clients and have a reliable terminal with an excellent hinterland infrastructure with fast and reliable road and train connections into the main catchment areas. We consider London Container Terminal a strong partner that will support us in further enhancing our logistic services to and from the UK.”
Commenting on the announcement, Perry Glading, Chief Operating Officer of Forth Ports (owners of London Container Terminal) said: “We are thrilled to welcome OPDR to London Container Terminal. This is a real success for us, not only does LCT have the perfect shipping location for OPDR’s short-sea services, we have the experience, expertise and equipment to deliver an excellent service. We have a strong commercial network within the port and this is a great opportunity for us to grow the key markets that OPDR serve, such as Iberia / Portugal and the Canary Islands. This agreement also complements our Portcentric objectives at the Port of Tilbury. We have invested significantly in LCT, and we will continue to upgrade the site and equipment as we work to integrate container handling across both the deep sea and short sea operations. This will further secure Tilbury as a key shipping and distribution location with unrivalled access to London and the South East of England.”
LCT handles in excess of half a million containers per year, and is the only UK port truly servicing both deep sea and short sea customers.