To meet strong market demand, Unifeeder is adding a larger vessel to its direct service to the UK from the Baltic Sea. The upgrade will be introduced from 24th September
"With two weekly sailings to the UK and bigger vessel intake, our customers will enjoy increased capacity from the UK to Poland as well as improved transit time out of Riga," stated Unifeeder.
The new vessel has a capacity of 800 TEU and is suitable for transporting 45ft containers, including 45ft palletwide high cubes can take 32% more pallets than a standard 40ft unit and exactly the same amount of cargo as a traditional trailer.
"Thanks to the increased capacity, we can take the equivalent of up to 240 truckloads from the road and on board our vessel," said Unifeeder. "As a consequence, we are providing a more environmentally-friendly and cost-effective alternative to road transport for those discerning shippers, seeking a greener form of transport for their goods, whilst retaining a competitive edge on price."
It looks as though there might be a Brexit angle to this, as shippers and asset-light forwarders look to alternatives with an in-built "buffer" to accompanied trucking via the Dover Straits (ferries and fixed link). Unifeeder’s remarks about offering a "greener" alternative suggests this may be the case, in the sense that it is clearly not targetting rail-ro unaccompanied Poland-UK services. worldcargonews online is hoping to get some comment on this from Unifeeder.