Seago, the intra-European shipping line which is part of Maresk Group, is to launch a new cargo route between Algeciras-Liverpool-Dublin.
The news is positive for Peel Ports, the owner and developer of the new container terminal at the Port of Liverpool.
“The two services that have already been announced, combined with these additional new services, are a strong single of the intent from lines in the run up to the opening of Liverpool2,” said Patrick Walters, commercial director at Peel Ports.
He added: “Carriers are being increasingly convinced of the arguments around the strength of shipping closer to market via the North-west; partly due to the excellent support we have received from cargo owners who are looking for ways to reduce costs, carbon emissions and congestion in their supply chain.”
The service will aim to strengthen Liverpool2’s Irish Sea hub offering an established direct cargo connection to and from the North West of England to Ireland and onwards to the Mediterranean.
It will offer six days transit time between Algeciras and Liverpool, with vessels arriving and departing on Wednesdays.
This is the first time that the Maersk Group Company has used Liverpool for UK cargoes in over 10 years and will be Maersk Group’s first direct connection to the Irish capital.
Brian Godsafe, managing director at Maersk Line UK and Ireland, said: “Furthermore, our customers located in the Liverpool hinterland can now access South European and North African markets with Seago Line as a complementary addition to our existing offer.”
He concluded: “The service is a positive addition to our current portfolio. The Irish Sea feeder offers flexibility to customers in the Liverpool area and the wider North-west region.”
This announcement followed the news that WEC Lines has also introduced a number of new services to the Port of Liverpool.
The first call to the Port of Liverpool by Seago Line is scheduled for April 13, 2016.