MMD Shipping Services in Portsmouth, UK, the south coast’s biggest fresh fruit importer, can boast a healthy start to the new year, after securing a 12-month contract with Seatrade
From next week MMD will handle Seatrade’s new Zodiac reefer service from the Caribbean and South America. This liner service will transport a variety of tropical fruit and vegetables to the port in Portsmouth.
Steve Williams, MMD Shipping Services operations director said: “We’re looking forward to managing Seatrade’s new Zodiac reefer service. Seatrade are famed for their fast and direct service, and our position on the south coast makes us an ideal location for onward distribution.
“After the recent completion of our first major redevelopment phase, we have increased our refrigerated container storage capacity and are able to provide fully integrated terminal services.
“This is a significant contract and demonstrates the benefit when you invest in the business. This strengthens our new business plan, which aims to see move into a strong profitable business within three years.
“We’ll always look at what’s possible to accommodate changes in the industry and address our customers’ needs.”
At least 2000 pallets a week, and 50 containers, containing bananas, melons, pineapples, and also vegetables, will arrive in Portsmouth ready for distribution across the UK.
Five vessels will be used on rotation, Santa Maria, Santa Lucia, Regal Bay, Fegulus and Comoros Stream, with the largest up to 155m LOA.
Pablo Gonzalez, Seatrade’s trade manager said: “Seatrade is looking forward to serving its UK customers professionally through Portsmouth.”
MMD Shipping Services is a Portsmouth City Council owned company. Fresh produce is the main business, with 50% of bananas in the UK coming through the port in Portsmouth.