P&O Ferries has doubled its capacity to load and unload cargo at its Zeebrugge hub with the arrival of a second specialist lift-on, lift-off crane this month.
The expansion in P&O Ferries’ operations at the port is set to streamline the transportation of freight, boosting productivity and enhancing capacity to service important trade routes for UK exporters and trading partners.
The arrival of a second crane will also enable P&O Ferries to upgrade departure frequency on its in-demand Hull to Zeebrugge Lo-Lo route, with an increase to six weekly sailings on a fixed schedule.
Thorsten Runge, Managing Director of P&O Ferries Freight Services, said: “We are determined to make P&O Ferries the best ferry company in Europe. That means: the best ships, the best routes and the best value for our freight customers.
“The investments we are making in new equipment, new sites and new capabilities, all have one purpose – to solve supply chain challenges. With the support of our parent company, DP World – the leading provider of worldwide smart end-to-end supply chain logistics – we are committed to improving and expanding trading infrastructure.”
P&O Ferries carry around 15 per cent of the goods coming in and out of the UK, including medicines, chemicals and fresh food.`
As well as operating a Lo-Lo service from Zeebrugge to Hull, it also operates routes from Zeebrugge to Tilbury and Zeebrugge to Teesport.
In March earlier this year P&O Maritime Logistics announced it is primed to enter the container carrying market after recently completing the first-ever container fitting modification to the deck of a Multi-Carrying Vessel (MCV).