CLdN starts direct service between UK and Spain

CLdN has started a new pure ro/ro service between the UK, Ireland and Spain to keep cargo moving amidst the corona crisis. With all cargoes being moved unaccompanied by truck drivers or passengers, the service is not hindered by restrictive measures, the ro/ro carrier states.

With effect from week 25, the new service has created a weekly triangular service between Santander, Liverpool and Dublin. The schedule has been set up to be agile, enabling the vessel to make additional landbridge calls between Liverpool and Dublin before returning to Santander.

“We have observed an increasing demand from trailer, container and project cargo operators for a direct connection from Iberia to the Uk and Ireland in certain markets. Opening the first pure ro/ro alternative on this route provides our customers with a chance to optimize usage of their assets because of improved lead-times compared to current transhipment or Channel tunnel routes”, a CLdN spokesperson says.

The carrier proudly states that the route has been created in the midst of the corona crisis and without any subsidy or government aid.

Very South to the very North

To further expand its service offering to and from the Iberian peninsula, CLdN has also added a call in Zeebrugge to its bi-weekly Leixoes-Rotterdam service.

CLdN has organised for two of its weekly services from Leixoes to Rotterdam to have an extra call in Zeebrugge. From there, the services will offer clients additional transhipment services to Esbjerg and Gotenborg, meaning CLdN now has a shortsea connection from the very south to the most northern parts of Europe.

To maximise capacity and minimise carbon footprint, the ro/ro carrier will deploy its latest generation of H5 class vessels (carrying up to 450 freight units + 200 new cars per shipment) to the route.

“The developments within our network are following each other rapidly. Despite the difficult and uncertain economic situation, we are gearing up to extend our services by adding new ports and new routes to comply with changing customer demand. To us, the additional ro/ro connections to Gothenburg (SE) and Esbjerg (DK) from
Leixoes (PT) feel like the last piece of the logistics puzzle. We are now offering a complete shortsea trajectory between north and south for all trailers, containers, high and heavy and project cargo”, the company’s spokesperson says.

Project cargo is one of the four major cargo segments in which CLdN operates. (Photo: CLdN)

Author: Tobias Pieffers

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