UK – PORTUGAL – Last week WEC Lines announced today enhancement to its current Portugal - UK scheduled services with a second call at Leixões in Portugal, before calling at the Port of Tilbury as part of their ‘SPM2’ rotation. This schedule change to the ‘SPM2’ service began on Monday 27 October and will reduce the current eight day transit time by half, calling at the Ports of Tilbury, Antwerp, Vigo, Leixões, Sines and Lisbon, followed by a second loading call at Leixões, and further strengthening the carrier’s presence in the Portuguese markets.
WEC is a short sea specialist operator headquartered in the Netherlands, and commenting on this service extension, Robert Volker, Line Management, from WEC Lines, said:
“We are delighted to have this faster connection into Tilbury. We have added a second call at Leixões which is a load call only. It will reduce the transit time from eight to four days and in turn gives us a stronger position in the market. Tilbury is the best location for our cargo in the South East as its location, reach, and excellent supply chain ensures that the product reaches inland destinations quickly and efficiently.”
WEC utilises the London Container Terminal (LCT), which handles over half a million containers per year for both deep and short sea customers and Perry Glading, Chief Operating Officer of Forth Ports (owners of London Container Terminal) commented:
“We are very pleased that WEC Lines have chosen to grow their services from Portugal into Tilbury. As London’s major port, we have a sophisticated supply chain infrastructure and fast, reliable connections that WEC Lines require, as well as the right knowledge and experience to assist their growth through a first rate service.”