P&O FERRYMASTERS is to launch a new intermodal service from the Turkish ports of Pendik, Ambarli and Mersin to the Free Port of Trieste in Italy, with onward connections to its European intermodal network.
The new services – with departures six times a week in both directions – will connect with rail links from the port of Trieste to P&O Ferries’ continental hubs at Rotterdam and Zeebrugge, giving highly competitive transit times of less than a week between Turkey and Europe’s principal logistics hubs.
Commenting on the developments Wim Blomme, Intermodal Director at P&O Ferrymasters, said: “We are continuing to expand the reach of our services into Eastern Europe and Asia, where many customers have moved their centres of production. This new link between Turkey and our European network will give them certainty on transit times and reduce their transport costs because of the partnerships we have put in place.”
John Freyne, P&O Ferrymasters’ Intermodal Business Development Manager, added: “We expect Turkey, where we opened our first office last summer, to become an important hub as we focus on supporting new trade lanes both with road transportation solutions and the introduction of highly sustainable Intermodal assets. Across Europe and increasingly Asia too our customers rely on our services, however seemingly complex their need may be, to just sort it for them.”
P&O Ferrymasters’ customers will be supported by one of the company’s local customs experts in Turkey to help facilitate the import and export of goods to and from the country. It will be possible to transport hazardous cargoes with a payload of up to 25 tonnes.