9th June 2005
Harwich International Port has welcomed the announcement by Nedlines BV of the start of a new Ro-pax (passenger and freight ferry) service between the Essex port and Ijmuiden in Holland. The service, which is scheduled to commence in September 2005, will focus on driver accompanied freight traffic.
Nedlines will be the first operator to offer a daily overnight sailing between the Northern part of Holland and Southern England, offering customers an alternative route next to the existing ferry operators on the North Sea and the Channel.
Commenting on the new service, David Gledhill, Chief Operating Officer of Harwich International Port, said:
"We are delighted that Nedlines have chosen HIP as its UK port for this exciting new daily service to Holland. Nedlines have committed to a 5 year agreement with the port and will further enhance the range of options available to shippers from Harwich. With commencement of the service due in autumn this year, the port will reinforce its position as a major Ro/Ro freight gateway to the Europe and Scandinavia, and provide up to 57 sailings in both directions each week."
The new service will be operated by the 'MS Envoy'. This vessel, which will be chartered from Finnlines, has a length of 150 metres and a breadth of 24.4 metres. The ship has a freight capacity of 100 accompanied trailers and 50 passenger cars. The 'MS Envoy' has a total capacity of 200 passengers, and is equipped with 70 modern cabins, a self-service restaurant, bar, shop, video lounge and truckers lounge.
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 to-do, 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 219 berths in 39 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 TEUs in 2004.
Doeksen Transport Group BV, based in Rotterdam, has been involved in the provision of maritime services since 1907. Starting as a salvage and shell-suction dredging company, the main focus today is passenger transport and maritime services. The present transport subsidiaries of the group include ferry services to the Frisian Islands Terschelling and Vlieland, car ferries at the entrance to Rotterdam harbour and various fast (commuter) ferries in the Rotterdam and Amsterdam regions. The company’s fleet ranges from conventional Ropax vessels and state of the art fast ferries to dedicated freight carriers
Schelling Investments BV is a successful financial investor with various interests in innovative companies.
Bart Cunnen has longstanding experience and knowledge of the freight and ferry industry, having previously worked for Stenaline, Road Air and Frans Maas.