Representatives from the Dutch Port of Moerdijk visit the Port of Bilbao due to their booming business in container traffic
A delegation from the Dutch Port of Moerdijk visited the facilities of the Port of Bilbao, where a meeting was held with representatives of the Port Authority with a view to strengthening ties and deepening business relations. The new service launched by WEC Lines in January 2021 has resulted in an increase in the volume of container traffic between the two ports.
The weekly service, with fixed departure and arrival days, covers most combinations within a week. As a result, WEC Lines provides a reliable logistics service to enable the trade of goods from road to sea, thus contributing significantly to the growth of container traffic in the port of Bilbao.
During his visit to the port, the CEO of the Port Authority of Moerdijk, Ferdinand van den Oever, underlined that “As the fourth national port of the Netherlands and the second largest for container trade, we are in somewhat of a hidden gem for many. Strong in sustainability and uncongested, we feel an affinity with the Port of Bilbao in the sense that we represent a combination of European logistics distributors and industry, in our case fine chemicals. In addition, at Moerdijk we offer multimodal solutions (shortsea, barge, rail, road and pipeline connections) which make us an attractive hub for those who trade effectively with Scandinavia, England, Ireland and Europe. ‘Belgian and German hinterland’.
For his part, the Director of Operations, Commerce, Logistics and Strategy of the Port Authority of Bilbao, Andima Ormaetxe, pointed out that “what makes this port special, although it is less known than d other Dutch ports is its strategic nature, the fact that it is well connected and that it is an important gateway for shippers wishing to reach Northern Europe and our hinterland. WEC Lines service has proven this”. He also stressed that “it is very important for the port of Bilbao to work in collaboration with other ports with which we are connected by maritime services in order to be able to ‘provide ever more efficient and sustainable corridors’.
Likewise, Elsa Conejo, director of the Bilbao branch of WEC Lines, said that “after almost two years of service connecting Spain, via Bilbao, with the United Kingdom and continental northern Europe, we continue improve with new rail links, increasing our container stock and offering door-to-door logistics solutions. Our continental hub in Moerdijk allows us to reach markets not only in the Netherlands but also in Belgium, northern France, Germany and Norway, among other countries. In the UK, our direct call at Thamesport, together with Immingham, Teesport and Blyth which we serve via Moerdijk, has made us one of the best options in this main market for Spain, covering not only the coast east of the country. but also the entire Center and North zone”.
Source: Port of Bilbao