Sea Connect, a Lithuanian based operator of container and feeder services, is extending its current schedule to include a direct sailing between St. Petersburg and the UK commencing 2nd August.
The new container service links the UK directly with Russia – vessels will call at the Port of Tyne (South Shields) every 10 days before proceeding to St. Petersburg. Fast transit times of only 6 days make this an attractive proposition for exporters and importers alike.
Sea Connect, founded in 2006, has already gained a first-class reputation in the market for delivering high frequency services between European main ports and the Baltics. Currently, Sea Connect operates regular liner services between Rotterdam, Hamburg, St.Petersburg, Klaipeda and Tallinn with a fleet of modern 800 teu ice class 1A containerships, each equipped with around 150-200 reefer plugs.
With an impressive portfolio of existing customers, including several deep sea shipping lines, Sea Connect is keen to build on its recent success and reputation.
“We view the UK as a natural extension for our existing services and regard this as a key strategic phase in our future development,” comments Vyacheslav Puzemsky, Managing Director of Sea Connect. “Russia remains an attractive target for UK exporters and investors underpinned by a population of around 140m, all of whom have an appetite for quality goods and products. Since 2001 UK-Russia trade has been growing by an average of 21% y-o-y.”
Sea Connect has appointed John Good Shipping as UK general agent with responsibility for all aspects of the service including ship’s husbandry, operations, sales & marketing.
“We are delighted with our appointment and are confident that Sea Connect has a bright future in the UK,” adds Alan Platt, Managing Director of John Good Shipping. “We are very much looking forward to developing the service and recognize the importance of South Shields as a gateway to attract cargo from key geographic regions such as the North West, M62 corridor and Scotland.”
Sea Connect offers a range of line equipment including 45’ pallet-wide high cube containers and also readily accepts shipper own equipment.
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