The Cuxport terminal will ship even more vehicles to Great Britain during the next few years: The cooperation arrangement with two shipping companies, United European Car Carriers (UECC) and FLOTA SUARDIAZ, involves up to four weekly departures with an annual volume of 130,000 cars made by the BMW Group for the British market. In addition to Immingham, the scheduled RoRo services handled by Cuxport to the United Kingdom will also head for the southern English port of Southampton in future.
“This new link once again illustrates that Cuxhaven as a base and Cuxport as a port operator provide ideal conditions for the needs of the automobile industry,” says Peter Zint, Managing Director of Cuxport GmbH, underlining the significance of this development. “In addition to the current five departures to Immingham operated by DFDS Seaways, we can increase our handling business for cars with the newly won RoRo scheduled services and develop new routes and target markets. There are plans to load RoRo consignments for North Africa and the Canary Islands through Cuxhaven in future.”
The UECC vessel, MS “Vinni,” left Cuxhaven with the first 1,000 or so vehicles bound for Southampton on 26 December 2011. UECC’s MS “Asian Breeze” left the Cuxport terminal with approx. 800 cars last weekend. The MS “Galicia” belonging to the Spanish shipping company FLOTA SUARDIAZ set off for Immingham for the first time today with more than 1,000 new vehicles on board. The two new shipping companies will each operate two departures from Cuxhaven to both English destinations every week and they will supplement DFDS’s short sea traffic to England from Cuxhaven.
“We’re continuing to consolidate Cuxport for the advised volumes needing to be handled by making investments in our infrastructure and superstructure. The improvement of the rail sidings by assembling double-decker ramps for loading and unloading vehicles is just one example of this,” says Peter Zint. We will enlarge the capacity of our multi-purpose terminal with another deep water berth as a result of the planned construction of berth 4 – the planning approval procedure for this will be completed in March. This will mean that we’re in a position to respond to the needs of our customers in the automobile industry or other sectors in an even more flexible manner in future.”
Cuxport GmbH operates a multi-functional handling terminal at the deep water port of Cuxhaven. In addition to extensive RoRo transshipment operations, Cuxport provides an ideal geographical location for all maritime traffic and the best possible links to inland destinations. The company is a joint venture where Rhenus AG & Co. KG has a 74.9 percent holding and HHLA Container Terminals GmbH holds 25.1 percent of the shares. The Rhenus Group is a logistics services provider with global operations and annual turnover of EUR 3 billion. Rhenus has over 18,000 employees at more than 290 business locations. Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is one of the leading port logistics groups at the North Sea ports.