Evergreen, the Taiwanese container shipping line, has incorporated North East based port, Teesport, owned by PD Ports, into its weekly shipping services from the Far East. This is a new service of transhipment over Rotterdam via Feederlink.
The service operated by Feederlink, which started on 01 August is expected to bring in additional volumes of containers from suppliers in the Far East.
These will include Tesco shipments being delivered to the retailer’s new 1.2m sq ft import facility, which opened at Teesport on 17 August. Tesco chose Teesport as its Northern portcentric logistics hub in 2008, enabling the retailer to locate, store and distribute goods destined for its Northern UK markets. This move is expected to significantly reduce Tesco’s overall supply chain costs.
The arrival of new shipping line customer, Evergreen, at Teesport, is part of the container line’s strategy to increase its container business in the North of the UK and to serve the growing portcentric logistics presence at Teesport.
David Robinson, PD Ports’ group chief executive officer, said: "We are delighted to announce the collaboration with Evergreen, which we expect will be the start of a very long term and successful relationship."
The frequencies per week of the service are anticipated to increase by September. Evergreen joins fellow shipping line, Maersk, who also ships containers through Teesport on feeder vessels on behalf of Tesco.