London Thamesport Welcomes new W.E.C. Line service

Hutchison Ports London Thamesport has welcomed its second new short-sea sailing in less than a week with the first call of a new W.E.C. Line service to Bilbao.

The Spanish short sea market has historically offered cargo owners little option when it comes to carrier choice. W.E.C. Lines is changing that with an innovative new direct service to London Thamesport.

Commenting on the new sailing, Mark Taylor, Director, London Thamesport, said:“Brexit has shaken up the European logistics landscape with more and more operators seeking the reliability and predictability afforded by short sea container services. London Thamesport is ideally located to service this trade and we are delighted that W.E.C. Lines have chosen us for this new service.”

Roger Megann, Managing Director of W.E.C. Lines UK, said: “This is a major milestone in the success story of W.E.C. Lines and will further cement our position as the preferred carrier of choice on the short sea trades of Spain, Portugal and Morocco.

“More cargo owners can see the benefit of converting freight from the traditional but expensive trailer option to the flexible and cost, carbon friendly modality of containers. Since Brexit the traditional short sea routes from Spain have been congested and supply chains have been damaged.

“W.E.C. Lines and London Thamesport offer a market leading transit time of 72 hours and a congestion free UK port. Container haulage turnaround times are the fastest in the country. Our investment in owned tonnage, rail and equipment is a vast commitment and further expansion of rail to other major Spanish cities will follow.”

W.E.C. Lines offers its customers a one stop shop including customs clearance, cross docking, canvas haulage, warehousing and many other facilities.