New service starts at port

PORT chiefs at Felixstowe today welcomed a new shipping service.

PORT chiefs at Felixstowe today welcomed a new shipping service.

The arrival of the vessel Flintercarrier is part of a new service operated by StreamLines BV, acquired last year by Belgian reefer giant Seatrade, who bought the company following the collapse of Europe West Indies Lines.

The Flintercarrier, which can carry 514 standard-sized boxes, is one of two vessels calling fortnightly, sailing to and from the Caribbean.

Chris Lewis, chief executive officer for Hutchison Ports, which owns the Port of Felixstowe, said: “The Port of Felixstowe has provided important connections for trade with the Caribbean region for many years, and we are delighted to welcome Streamlines as the newest operator on this route.

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“The fortnightly container service provides UK importers and exporters with greater choice, and the potential to connect with a myriad of other services at the UK's biggest container port.”

As well as calls at Felixstowe, the new service also calls at Rio Haina, Bridgetown, Port of Spain, La Guaira, Puerto Cabello, Cartagena, Puerto Limon/Moin, Puerto Cortes and Santo Tomas.

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