PD Ports delighted to secure long-term deal with CLdN to bring additional weekly sailings to Teesport

Published On: 14th March 2023

PD Ports is delighted to have secured a new long-term deal with worldwide logistics specialist CLdN.

The new service, consisting of four round trip sailings per week, three from Zeebrugge and one from Rotterdam, reinforces Teesport’s position as a critical gateway for international trade and demonstrates the confidence that global shippers have in the service provided by PD Ports.

The expansion, which is driven by customer demand to have direct and reliable access for freight units to the North of England, will enable shippers to bring cargo closer to its end destination; avoiding road mileage and reducing CO2 emissions.

With the first vessel planned to arrive on 19 March, PD Ports’ CEO, Frans Calje, spoke of how the long-term commitment from CLdN further showcases the stability and resilience of the Port and the region.

“This is absolutely fantastic news not just for us at PD Ports but also for the River Tees and for the wider region as it truly shows the resilience we have when it comes to ensuring vital trade flows are maintained,” said Frans.

“There are still a number of challenges that are affecting global trade such difficult economic trading circumstances and supply chain disruptions. We’re absolutely delighted that we have been able to secure a contract of this nature to bring frequent vessel calls and volume into Teesport despite current circumstances.

“This is certainly a great boost for trade in the Tees Valley and we’re very much looking forward to working closely with the CLdN team and delivering the service excellence that our customer base expects.”

The new services will bring ‘Roll on Roll off’ cargo, such as cars, trucks, trailers and containers from continental Europe.

Florent Maes, CEO of CLdN, commented: “We are very pleased to start a new service with PD Ports in to Teesport and also significantly expand our service. Thanks to CLdN’s continuous investment in terminal infrastructure and an efficient RoRo fleet, we have the capability to respond rapidly to customer demand. We are excited about today’s announcement, and we see this expansion as the next step in the on-going structural growth of the CLdN network.”