Bristol Port attracts world’s largest shipping line

Published: Friday 5th January 2018

Bristol Port has received a major boost with news that the world’s largest container shipping line, Maersk, has begun a new service to Royal Portbury Dock.

The weekly feeder service will particularly strengthen the Port’s growing appeal to local businesses importing to the West – and comes only months after a landmark deal with The Range to bring up to 7,000 containers a year into Avonmouth Dock.

The new service, which started on 21st December is being run in conjunction with BG Freight and offers customers the opportunity to import their goods via Europe’s largest port, Rotterdam, to Portbury Dock in 48 hours. 

It will be operated using 1000 teu capacity vessels and is attracting interest from a wide range of trades, including forest products, alcohol and retail.

The Maersk Line service highlights a boom in local businesses using Bristol Port for trade, and also reflects the growing importance of the container trade. The Port has two container terminals with a number of scheduled services, providing extensive connectivity, efficient container handling and the ability to bring containers closer to UK markets.

A Port spokesperson said: “Choosing us can help customers reduce time, costs, carbon emissions and congestion in their supply chains, and industry leading carriers are continuing to recognise this. In providing marine services, stevedoring and quayside operations, we offer a complete package, and we proudly welcome Maersk and BG Freight as one of our services.