North East-based PD Ports has secured a deal with Dutch shipping line, Cargow which further strengthens Teesport’s platform and market position as a port of choice for shippers accessing the North of the UK for onward distribution of trade.

PD Ports already works with seven shipping lines, including some of the world’s largest, and this new relationship will see a direct bi-weekly connection with west coast of Norway, east coast of Iceland, Faroe, Shetland, and Rotterdam providing additional connections for key sectors in the Tees Valley including project, offshore, wind, oil and gas.

The new relationship demonstrates the significant confidence and trust that global shippers have in Teesport to deliver an unrivalled service quality, backed by excellent UK-wide transport links for further distribution. It will support long-term sustainability for both PD Ports and other local businesses, including jobs and overall economic prosperity in the Tees Valley.

Kim Catterick, general manager – key accounts at PD Ports said: “Developing this relationship with Cargow demonstrates our size, scale and capability to support growing requirements of international trade, putting us at the forefront in the UK for facilitating trade movements as an asset of national importance.

“The relationship strengthens our position here at Teesport as a port of choice, with Cargow joining many other shipping lines choosing this as a route for transporting goods to their closest end destination in a more efficient and cost-effective manner – a core service strength of PD Ports.”

The Cargow deal is a new market to PD Ports and the company will transport the ship’s cargo to / from the Midlands via its extensive road haulage fleet.

Stefan Stefansson, CEO of Cargow said: “We have chosen Teesport because of its location, accessibility and connectivity for onward transport, as well as its high service level. We are pleased that Teesport is being added to our network and have confidence in PD Ports because the company is well experienced in handling both containers and project cargoes.”

The vessel calling at Teesport is MV FRIGG W, a container and heavy lifting/project cargo vessel represented by Messrs CockfieldKnight.

The shipping schedule is as follows:

Rotterdam – Monday / Wednesday

Teesport – Thursday (bi-weekly)

Shetland/Faroe Islands – Friday / Saturday

Reydarfjordur – Monday / Wednesday

Rotterdam – Monday / Tuesday

West coast Norway – Thursday / Sunday