European multimodal transport provider MacAndrews & Company said it has optimized its established Portuguese services by offering a restructured service schedule, which now includes a new call in Algeciras, a second Dunkirk call and a weekly Figueira Da Foz call.
The revised service provides a wider range of opportunities for customers looking to ship from the Iberian Peninsula to Northern Europe and beyond. The decision to initiate a new port of call at the South of Spain via Algeciras on the Portuguese service was to widen MacAndrews geographic reach. This also underlines MacAndrews’ plan to reinforce its activity to and from the Iberian Peninsula.
The three Portuguese departure ports from Figueira Da Foz (Wednesdays), Setúbal (Thursdays) and Leixões (Fridays) on the East Coast service connects the south of UK via Tilbury, France via Dunkirk, Netherlands and surrounding areas via Rotterdam.
The West Coast service offers two Portuguese port departures, Setúbal (Fridays) and Leixões (Saturdays) to the north of the U.K. via Liverpool, Ireland via Dublin, to the south west coast of the U.K. via Bristol and from the U.K./Ireland back to Portugal via Leixões. The new Algeciras port of call is scheduled for Wednesdays.
Currently, MacAndrews offers 11 weekly connections from the European mainland to the U.K., two of which are attributed to the Portuguese service utilizing four vessels.
Four vessels with capacities of 430 TEU and 630 TEU respectively are deployed on the new Portuguese service. The West Coast leg is serviced by the 2 x 630 TEU capacity vessels; the Elbstrand and Vega Philip; whilst the East Coast legs is serviced by 2 x 430 TEU capacity vessels; the DS Blue Ocean and Ice Crystal.
All deployed vessels are equipped to carry pallet-wide / high cube equipment and therefore enable customers to ship the same amount of cargo per container as they would on road transportation giving them a similar service with a greener differentiation.
- East Coast: Figueira Da Foz– Setúbal – Leixões- Tilbury – Dunkirk – Rotterdam – Dunkirk – Leixões - Figuiera Da Foz
- West Coast: Setúbal – Leixões – Liverpool – Dublin – Bristol – Leixoes – Algeciras - Setubal