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The Port of Tyne is set to announce a new container shipping service to Russia - Seago Line, one of the world's largest short-sea container operators will facilitate the route.  The news makes for an exciting start to the Port's attendance at Multimodal, the UK's largest logistics exhibition taking place at the NEC in Birmingham next week.


Seago Line will be operating two vessels on an eight day service connecting the Port of Tyne and North East England directly with St. Petersburg.

The new service will supplement the Port's existing container traffic routes operated by Unifeeder and BG Freight, which already provide customers with world-wide connectivity via Felixstowe, Grangemouth and Rotterdam. 

John Tye, Commercial Director, Logistics, said: "This is great news following the major investment in a new £6m gantry crane.  It opens up an important route in to the emerging Russian market.  It provides a great opportunity for businesses operating in North East England and also those based along the M62 corridor from Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool through to the borders of Scotland.  All can now benefit from the cost savings afforded to anyone looking to import or export goods to and from our own region and beyond.''  

The new service will see Seago Line operate the Seago Wybelsum and Seago Calisto, calling alternatively every Saturday at the Port of Tyne in South Shields. 

Robert Clegg, Seago Line UK & Ireland General Manager, said: "This is a first for Seago Line and will be our only feeder connection in to St. Petersburg offering significant import and export growth. 

"Our customers can expect to have access to Seago's significant equipment pool, industry knowledge, unmatched vessel fleet and extensive network that comes through our close relationship with the Maersk Group."

On introduction, the new service will see container exports from the Port of Tyne increase by approximately 50%. The opportunity exists for customers to add further value by utilising the Port of Tyne's cost effective warehousing and distribution services. 

Now entering its seventh year, the Multimodal event in Birmingham has evolved into an annual one-stop-shop for shippers who need to optimise their supply chain and transportation flow and will host up to 5,000 visitors.

John Tye, Port of Tyne Commercial Director, Logistics, said: "Multimodal is a growing platform to meet new and existing customers and spell out the benefits the Port can provide in meeting their supply chain needs.

"This year we have increased our presence at the exhibition and our team will be reinforcing the fact that working with the Port of Tyne allows you to connect your business to the rest of the world cost - effectively and efficiently, demonstrated by the timely introduction of this exciting new route to Russia.''


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Lisa Donohoe, PR Manager

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