Spanish based Boluda Lines has announced a new short-sea container service from Santander calling into Tilbury and Rotterdam.

The new service, which started its operations on April 3, offers a “very competitive alternative to road and ferry transport for containerised goods, with greater reliability and a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions per tonne/mile,” as Bolluda Corporacion Maritima explains.

The line will be operated by a modern feeder vessel with a nominal capacity of 800 TEUs, which will sail weekly from the Santander container terminal, with a transit time of 3 days to the London Container Terminal at the port of Tilbury and a further 2 days to the port of Rotterdam.

Boluda Maritime Terminal in Santander offers an ideal geographical location to provide connections with the British Isles and Northern Europe, and in a short period of time has become a very competitive base of operations compared to other local ports.

The Cantabrian terminal was inaugurated by Boluda in April 2023, with an investment of nearly Euro 40 million and with the new extension being carried out this year it will have the capacity to handle more than 250,000 TEUs per year.

The new line comes in addition to the one already operating at full capacity since last September, which connects the ports of Santander and Vilagarcía, Leixoes, Setúbal, Cádiz and the Canary Islands with the ports of Liverpool and Dublin.

Ignacio Boluda, chairman of Boluda Shipping, said: “Our goal is to provide efficient, reliable and sustainable short-sea shipping services. With our extensive experience and broad knowledge of the local and European markets, we will be able to offer added value to our customers.

“We are especially proud to showcase the potential of our new container terminal in Santander, a project in which our entire Corporation is strongly involved and in which we have invested all our efforts.”

Gorka Carrillo, chief executive of Boluda Shipping, noted: “We are very excited about this new project connecting the Iberian Peninsula with the Netherlands via UK, offering again innovative solutions for our customers. Our sustainable multimodal network will thus be extended to one of Europe’s leading short sea shipping markets.”

John Nielsen, Boluda Lines’ Northern Europe Line manager, pointed out: “After the launch of our first route to Ireland and UK just a few months ago, it is an important milestone for the company to reach these new markets, reflecting Boluda’s strong commitment to growth in Short-Sea market.”

Source: Boluda Corporacion Maritima

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