P&O Ferries have opened their ferry terminal expansion in Zeebrugge, Belgium with the aim to double freight capacity.
By enlarging the terminal by 14 hectares (including a fourth ferry berth and improved rail infrastructure), P&O Ferries plans to handle around 700,000 units of freight every year. An increase of nearly 90%!
"As the British economy continues to grow, we have made this investment because we have confidence that we can provide a one-stop transport solution for continental exporters who want to do business with the hugely important UK market."
Joachim Coens, Chief Executive of Port of Zeebrugge, added:
“As a port authority it is our ambition to allow our port clients to keep growing and to create new opportunities for that growth. P&O Ferries is a strong partner in Zeebrugge, so we are very happy that the extended terminal will be a reinforcement of their services. Especially P&O Ferries’ focus on creating intermodal business solutions between water and rail, is valuable to the port of Zeebrugge.”
With the rising demand in export to Britain via the UK North Sea ports of Tilbury, Hull & Teesport (P&O recently recorded a 16% increase in freight units between Zeebrugge and Teesport between July and September this year), this is a perfect time develop both European and UK ports.
UPDATE P&O Ferries have also announced an £8.5 million investment to upgrade the Pride of York & Pride of Bruges ferries Hull-Zeebrugge route.
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