Transfennica has decided to cease its “Motorways of the Sea” Ro-Ro service between Bilbao, Portsmouth and Zeebrugge by the end of December 2014.
The route started in September 2007 and saw a steady increase in volumes and results. Due to the upcoming SECA legislation per 1 January 2015, which will result in increasing fuel costs, it is expected that up to 50% of the trailer volumes will return to the road. The Board of Directors of Spliethoff Group therefore had to decide there is no profitable future for a Ro-Ro service on this route.
This decision on the Iberian strategy has no impact on other Transfennica routes nor on the activities of Transfennica Logistics which will continue its intermodal activity to and from Spain & Portugal.
Transfennica Logistics is active in door-to-door transport, forwarding and warehousing in Bilbao. Transfennica Logistics operates 40ft and 45ft palletwide containers between Spain and Portugal, UK and the Benelux, as well as to and from Finland and Russia. With operational and commercial staff in 7 offices across 7 countries, Transfennica Logistics offers competitive intermodal solutions to its customers.
Transfennica Logistics will continue its present lo-lo service offering Tuesday and Friday departures from Rotterdam, Tilbury and Bilbao. Added to that, Transfennica Logistics will increase the usage of rail services to and from the Barcelona and Madrid areas by opening a 2nd warehouse and office in Barcelona in January 2015.