The word is spreading about how X-Press feeder services and the new Liverpool2 container terminal are improving connections between Scottish exporters and the rest of the globe. Here Gillian Johnson, Sales Manager at Clydeport, explains how the proposition is adding value to customers, saving them time and money.
It is no secret that we already have a unique container offering for the UK and Irish market. Our investments in connectivity have allowed us to provide our customers with innovative and - better yet - sustainable solutions to accessing the heart of the UK’s warehousing, manufacturing and retail industries.
The development of Liverpool2 has also played a significant role in strengthening our market positioning. This one investment has transformed our connectivity at a global level, allowing larger vessels and direct services to call at the Port of Liverpool.
Since its launch in late 2016, Liverpool2 can now be deemed the cargo gateway to Northern England. That’s pretty impressive if you ask me. But what if I told you that as a direct result, Peel Ports’ Clydeport in Greenock can now be considered Glasgow’s Gateway, thanks to the unique services that we offer and the alternative routings that are already firmly in place in and out of the Scottish west coast?
The facts about the X-press speak for themselves:
- Our Xpress Southampton-Ireland-Le Havre Service runs twice weekly.
- MV Ranger is actively deployed on the Network with an 803 TEU capacity.
- MV JSP Rider is also actively deployed on the network with an 804 TEU capacity.
- Both vessels operate on rotation:
Loop 3 – Le Harve (Thursday) – Southampton (Friday) – Belfast (Sunday) – Greenock (Tuesday)
Loop 5 – Le Harve (Sunday) – Southampton (Monday) – Liverpool (Thursday) – Greenock (Friday)
Loop 6 – Southampton (Friday) – Rotterdam (Saturday) – Dublin (Wednesday)
Our ambition is that this ‘Glasgow Gateway’ concept will allow many automated systems to start recognising that there are different options available to and from Scotland.
Since the realignment of the new global shipping alliance schedules in April 2017 we understand that carriers are being pushed away from the historic ‘norm’ operating from ports that they have never or rarely serviced before. Change doesn’t have to be bad. In fact, the re-assessment of routings can ultimately save time and money if looked at closer. This is the key message we are trying get out there.
My job is to challenge clients’ assumptions about how things should be done and show them new ways to uncover time and cost savings. The Irish Sea X-Press feeder service is a tangible and workable option for them. Many clients have already switched and are enjoying the benefits the change is offering.
With the X-Press service guaranteed twice weekly, shipping lines and end users in Scotland can rest assured that their cargo, purchases, and client promises will arrive on schedule.
But if you’re not already shipping out of Glasgow, it’s time to take a closer look at how you gain that competitive advantage by doing so.
To find out more about the largest container vessel to visit Greenock click HERE.
For more information about Clydeport click HERE.
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