Harwich International Port today [24th September 2005] welcomes the first call of the new Nedlines BV’s Ro-Pax service. The service between the Essex port and IJmuiden in Holland is operated by the MS Envoy, and is chartered by Finnlines.
David Gledhill, Chief Operating Officer of Harwich International Port, welcomed the first call, commenting:
“The commencement of this new service reinforces Harwich International Port’s position as a major Ro/Ro freight gateway to Europe and Scandinavia. Nedlines have signed a five-year agreement with us, which is excellent news for shippers, who can now take advantage of an enhanced range of options from the Port, including the choice of 57 sailings in both directions each week.”
The service focuses on driver accompanied freight traffic, and offers a daily overnight sailing, giving customers an alternative route next to the existing ferry operators on the North Sea and the Channel. The MS Envoy is equipped with 70 modern cabins, a self service restaurant, bar, shop and truckers’ lounge, and can hold up to 200 passengers.
Jan Willem Doeksen, co-founder of Nedlines and CEO of Doeksen Transport Group, commented:
"I strongly believe in this new route between the UK and the Continent as an alternative service to the freight and passenger market, with excellent port infrastructure in Harwich as well as in IJmuiden".
Nedlines BV is a joint venture between ferry operator Doeksen Transport Group BV, financial investor Schelling Investments BV, and project initiator Bart Cunnen.
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Harwich International Port (HWH) is one of the UK’s leading multi-purpose freight and passenger ports with excellent road and rail links to the Midlands, London and the South East. It is ideally located for North Sea freight and passenger traffic to and from Scandinavia and the Benelux countries, offering first class ro-ro, ferry, container and bulk operations.
HWH is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator, with interests in 19 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates a total of 236 berths in 40 ports, together with a number of transportation-related service companies. With industry-recognised core competence in the effective and efficient management and operation of ports, the HPH Group handled 47.8 million TEU in 2004.