PD Ports welcomes extra BG Freight link to Rotterdam

BG Freight Lines adds second service between Rotterdam and Teesport

[UKPRwire, Tue Mar 30 2010] BG Freight Line (BG) has launched a second weekly direct service linking Teesport with Rotterdam to meet rising demand on the route.

In April 2009, BG, part of the Peel Ports Group, established a weekly service between Teesport and Rotterdam but has now introduced a second service to handle the increasing flow of goods.

The new rotation will see vessels depart from Rotterdam on Tuesdays and Saturdays and they will arrive in Teesport on Wednesdays and Sundays.

David Robinson, group chief executive officer of PD Ports, says: “Such was the success of the initial service linking Rotterdam with Teesport, it was clear that a second service was needed to meet our customers’ requirements. This is a growing market and the need for extra sailings is both a vote of confidence in PD Ports to handle the additional traffic and in the North East as a place to do business.”

The service accepts all types of container and tank traffic. With the specially fitted vessels in the fleet, BG can offer space for 45ft long 2.55 wide high cube containers as well as any length tank or bulk container.

Terminals called at are:

1. Teesport - PD Ports TCT1

2. Rotterdam - RST South, Kramer RCT Maasvlakte and ECT Delta.

About PD Ports:

PD Ports Limited is owned by Canadian based Brookfield. Brookfield is a global asset manager focused on property, renewable power and infrastructure assets, with over $90 billion of assets under management. PD Ports was bought by Brookfield in November 2009

PD Ports is a high performing specialist ports business offering a wide variety of supply chain services to improve customers’ international product and material movements into and out of – as well as within – the UK.

PD Ports employs over 1140 members of staff, and generates an annual turnover of over £120 million from many UK locations.

PD Ports operates throughout the UK from bases at many key ports and logistics centres.

The 3 business interests of PD Ports are:

Port Operations– is split into two business streams – bulks and unitised and includes:

Teesport: one of the top 3 UK ports, with flows of containers, bulk traffics and finished cars, handling over 40 million tonnes of throughput p.a.

Humber & Small Ports: owners and/or operators of ports on the Humber estuary, Rivers Trent and Ouse, and at Medina Wharf, Isle of Wight. Service offerings include ships’ agency, chartering and stevedoring services.

Logistics: PD Logistics offers warehousing and distribution services at UK locations throughout the North East, Humberside & East Anglia, including at Felixstowe. Please visit www.pdlogistics.com

Development plans for Port Operations include:

The Northern Gateway Container Terminal: a major new deep sea container terminal planned at Teesport on the South side of the River Tees. The £300+ million development will have a capacity of 1.5 million TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit) and is anticipated to deliver over 5,500 jobs to the Tees Valley, when fully operational. Please visit www.thenortherngateway.co.uk

Portcentric Logistics: a new concept promoted by PD Ports for locating the storage and distribution of imported goods close to the point of arrival at a UK port. This concept avoids the slow handling and return of empty containers as well as eradicating unnecessary UK road mileage, which occurs when delivering to a traditional inland import centre, such as in the Midlands.

In 2006 ASDA Wal*Mart opened a 360,000 sq ft import centre at Teesport and has saved more than 2 million road miles by adopting the portcentric concept. Adjacent to the ASDA facility, Tesco operates a purpose built 1.2 million sq ft import centre at Teesport, which opens in 2009

Conservancy – this includes:

Management of river traffic for the ports of Tees and Hartlepool, ensuring safe navigation and maintaining the required channel depth.

Property– this includes:

Revenue and income from property and facilities owned by PD Ports and used by third party clients on long term leases.

Land that is not utilised for operational purposes and offers potential for development.

Port land at Hartlepool docks, which is highly attractive to the growing renewable energy sector, including offshore, windfarms, and biomass plants. PD Ports’ long term strategy is to further develop Hartlepool docks as a centre of excellence for the offshore support sector.

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