Port switching for Humber from Stena Line to Rotterdam as demand for driverless crossings increases
Stena Line will transfer its daily navigation to Rotterdam from Killingholme to neighboring Immingham.
The increased demand for unaccompanied freight on the Dutch route has led to a need for additional capacity for the terminal as the Humber Sea Terminal is unable to meet this demand.
Brexit, exacerbated by the Covid pandemic, has seen an increase in driverless freight, with logistics companies picking up loads on either end.
This does mean, however, that more port space is required as cargo does not immediately exit the gates.
ABP Humber director Simon Bird welcomed the move, after overseeing a Â£ 50million investment in container handling on the river.
He said: âWe are delighted to welcome Stena to the growing list of customers who choose to take advantage of the range of services and infrastructure offered by the Port of Immingham for the transport of goods to and from the UK. .
âOver the past year, we have seen the container terminal at the Port of Immingham expand rapidly with six new destinations from three new customers calling regularly at the port, and Stena’s decision is a new impetus for the port. strong roll-on-roll-off business.
“When added to the news of the new freeport status for the Humber, we think these are very exciting times for ABP in the Humber.”
The switch to the daily 12-hour night-time navigation served by the 193m-long chartered sister ships Hatche and Pol Maris, will be implemented on January 1, with seamless service promised between Immingham and Europort.
Both ships have a capacity of 3,663 meters of track, with Stena saying there is no change in capacity or frequency expected following the review of the North Sea ro-ro route.
Stena’s other Humber navigation, the Hoek van Holland escorted service to Killingholme, will remain, served by Stena Transit and Stena Transporter, with a capacity of 300 passengers.