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Teesport the "gateway to Scotland" after Rosyth ferry closure.

PD PortsAfter Aprils announcement that the freight ferry service from the port of Rosyth to Zeebrugge in Belgium has been closed after its operators said they had “lost all hope” of being able turn around the lossmaking route P&O are hailing the English port Teesport as a Gateway to Scotland.

The collapse of the route brought the end of a 16 year service that began operating as a combined freight and passenger ferry service in 2002.  This was reduced to just a freight-only crossing in 2010 after DFDS cited insufficient passenger demand. Some viewed the closure as blow for Scottish trade at a time when there is significant uncertainty surrounding Brexit. Rosyth is owned and operated by Forth Ports.
P&O Ferries now plans to lift capacity on its Zeebrugge-Teesport route by almost 25% within the next month with the aim to create a gateway to Scotland via the north-eastern port.

The integrated ferry and logistics company currently carries more than 100,000 freight units a year to Teesport from its continental hub at Zeebrugge. The 12 sailings a week service is provided by the 25,000 tonne Bore Song and the 10,000 tonne Mistral.

As well as P&O Ferries plans to increase the capacity of its ships PD Ports has introduced a new rail service to Mossend in Scotland. The timetable of both services will be fully integrated so that freight can be moved from one to the other with minimal delay.

Janette Bell, Chief Executive of P&O Ferries, said: "The most reliable way for exporters to or from Scotland to transport their goods is via Teesport. The 15 hour sailing is more cost efficient than more northerly routes and by integrating our timetable with PD Ports new rail service to Scotland we can guarantee customers an unrivalled service to and from northern Britain."

Frans Calje, Chief Executive of PD Ports, added: "PD Ports is at the centre of an increasingly important logistics hub based at Teesport. We have a strong and historic partnership with P&O Ferries and we are supporting this expansion by providing additional capacity for their upsized Zeebrugge-Teesport route through even more investment in our rail services to Scotland. PD Ports has extensive rail capacity with direct intermodal links across the UK and with a new, second planned daily service to Scotland imminent, we will shortly see further opportunities for cargo movements to and from Scotland."

Pieter Balcaen, Chief Executive of ECS & 2XL (European Logistics Group), added: “Our mission is to create sustainable and reliable logistics, which means that we focus on sustainable transport and multi-modal solutions to add value to our customers. The Teesport Rail initiative started three years ago, with a reliable level of service from day one. The increased ferry and rail capacity will enable us to further develop and strengthen our rail connections to/from Scotland – this is vitally important for our intermodal solution for our two products: Commodity Full Loads or one step beyond Supply Chain Solutions.”

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