BG Freight Line, a fully-owned subsidiary of Peel Ports Group, has introduced a new weekly container service between Cork and Liverpool. This is the first time the two ports have been connected directly.
It is intended that the new route will offer greater opportunities for customers in the Republic of Ireland to make connections with the deep-sea services now calling at the Port of Liverpool, particularly from Canada, the east coast of the US and the Mediterranean.
Koert Luitwieler, Shipping Director at BG Freight Line, said: “This new service will create even more momentum in Liverpool and was the last missing link in the connectivity between Ireland and Liverpool. Not only have a large number of cargo owners shown their interest in this route but also a number of deep-sea lines who see this as an opportunity to reposition empties to Cork.”
The new service will also provide a quay-to-quay route for tank operators, and door-to-door opportunities into the North of England, Midlands and Scotland – regions previously only accessible via Dublin.
Andrew Allen, UK Operations Director of Hapag Lloyd said: “This new service provides our Cork-located clients with a viable and timely connection alternative for two of our Atlantic slings. It also provides us with an additional attractive option for the positioning and evacuation of equipment to and from Cork and surrounding counties.”
The route will initially be served by MV Thea II MV RMS Veritas. However, from 2018 BG Freight will take delivery of four tailor-made short-sea feeder vessels optimised for the company’s Irish Sea Hub services.
The vessels will be built to DNV GL standards and will be fitted with state-of-the-art features in order to comply with Emission Control Area (ECA) requirements and BG Freight Line’s navigation and trading needs.
They will be fitted with a modern wet scrubber system for exhaust cleaning in order to fulfil the requirements for trading within the ECA area. The vessels are also fully fitted for the loading of 45ft short-sea containers in all positions, with room in total for 488 units.
Additionally, a various number of odd-sized containers can be stowed fast and securely due to a new proprietary and innovative cargo stowage system. To minimise operational cost the vessel will be fitted with a modern two-stroke main engine with very low fuel consumption.