Port welcomes "Vessel Sharing Arrangement"

Port welcomes

Friday 10 December 2010

Port of Cork Welcome New ‘Vessel Sharing Arrangement’ between Samskip and DFDS Container Line

The Port of Cork has welcomed the announcement made by Samskip MCL Ireland of their new fully operational 'Vessel Sharing Arrangement' (VSA) with DFDS Container Line. This newly created joint network, which came into effect on 1st December 2010, will include a balanced four vessel rotation with two vessels from each partner. This rotation will cover Rotterdam and Zeebrugge on the Continent and all main Irish ports i.e. Cork, Belfast, Dublin & Waterford.

Focusing entirely on the 'Door Door' and 'Quay Quay' sectors, the new network will not call at any deep sea feeder terminals, significantly enhancing the schedule reliability and product offering clients.
Commenting on the new Vessel Sharing Arrangement, Commercial Manager of the Port of Cork Captain Michael McCarthy said: “This arrangement between Samskip MCL Ireland and DFDS Container Line will service both the import and export client requirements, greatly increasing the port coverage on the Continent and in Ireland. The Port of Cork will see an increase from one to two calls to Zeebrugge in and out of Cork offering excellent schedule reliability levels for customers.”

One of the main sponsors of the Irish Exporters Association awards in November, the Port of Cork have a long term focus on meeting the needs of all shipping line services in the South of Ireland and understand the importance of linking Ireland to international markets by increasing logistic and supply chain routes.”

Captain McCarthy continued: “Efficient and reliable shipping services, such as the new Vessel Sharing Arrangement with Samskip MCL Ireland and DFDS Container Line, are essential for the recovery of the Irish economy.”

According to the Irish Exporters Association exports will be the main driver in the recovery of the Irish economy.


Sara Dymond
Commercial Marketing Executive
Port of Cork Company
Custom House Street
Tel: +353 (0) 21 4625 375
Fax: +353 (0) 21 4276 484
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