Seago Line launches new Irish Sea service

Maersk Group returns to Liverpool with a direct product after a ten year absence.

Seago Line, Maersk Line’s intra-European short sea carrier, has launched a new Irish Sea service which it hopes will improve connectivity for UK cargo.

With the introduction of Seago Line’s Irish Sea service, Maersk Group returns to Liverpool with a direct product after a ten year absence.

Brian Godsafe, Managing Director at Maersk Line UK & Ireland commented: “This service is a positive addition to our current portfolio. The Irish Sea feeder offers flexibility to customers in the Liverpool area and wider North-West region.”

A direct connection between the UK and the Mediterranean and new cargo routes to and from North West England are said to be the main benefits of the new service.

Seago Line says a convenient transshipment connection in Algeciras, Spain, a major Mediterranean hub, allows easier access to other trades.

“Most notably, the new short sea service creates a great opportunity for the West African product with a new transshipment option to connect the UK to Nigeria,” it said.

Seago Line general manager for UK & Ireland Robert Clegg said: “With competitive transit times and convenient berthing windows, we are well-placed to serve customers who seek new opportunities through this Mediterranean connection.

“Furthermore, our customers located in the Liverpool hinterland can now access South European and North African markets with Seago Line as a complimentary addition to our existing offer.”

The new service will offer six days transit time between Algeciras and Liverpool with vessels arriving and departing on Wednesdays. The first call to Liverpool is planned on 13 April 2016.