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CLdN boosts ‘Brexit-proof’ UK-EU ro-ro capacity

European shortsea ro-ro specialist is stepping up preparations for the end of the Brexit transitional phase on 31 December 2020 by introducing additional capacity on its UK routes.

European shortsea ro-ro specialist CLdN is to step up preparations for the end of the Brexit transitional phase on 31 December 2020 by introducing additional capacity on its UK routes.

As from last week, it said 25% extra capacity was added on both the Rotterdam-London and Rotterdam-Humberside routes. In addition, from week 42, an extra vessel will be deployed – and thus a third daily sailing – will be added on the Zeebrugge-London route to serve the growing demand, it added.

Over the last months, CLdN said it “has seen a steady growth in customer demand for its reliable, low cost and Brexit-proof unaccompanied freight product”, adding that “shipping unaccompanied trailers, (tank) containers, finished vehicles or project cargo between its own ferry terminals provides a ‘one stop shop’ to get goods shipped across the North Sea without running the risk of disruption”.

CLdN stressed that in the past few years it has “invested heavily in a fleet of modern vessels with environmentally friendly credentials offering high capacities for freight crossing the North Sea, Irish Sea and Bay of Biscay. The company has maintained its regular sailing schedules on all routes throughout the difficult Covid period and is there to serve the market with robust and reliable products going forwards.”

CLdN operates a network of short-sea services via 30 modern ro-ro vessels, offering more than 130 sailings per week between the ports of Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, London, Humberside, Liverpool, Dublin, Cork, Gothenburg, Esbjerg, Santander and Porto. CLdN’s core services have traditionally been continental Europea and the UK, which commenced in December 1974, but have steadily expanded their geographical presence into new markets, including Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Portugal and Spain in recent years. It currently handles in excess of 1 million cargo units and 1 million new cars and vans on an annual basis.

Source: Lloyds Loading List



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