TIS received the first vessel of Maersk new feeder service
15 October 2019, 15:54
New feeder service will be the missing link in the Trans-Caspian transport route. Photo: ports.com.ua
On Tuesday TIS Container Terminal received the first vessel of new weekly feeder service ‘TIS - Poti - TIS’ provided by Maersk container carrier.
According to the press service of TIS group, the service is opening a new sea trade route which is faster, more convenient and more profitable for cargo owners in Europe and Ukraine, countries of the Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan) and Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan). The cargoes coming into Ukraine with this service have never entered our country before. The geographical location provides to Ukraine a unique transit potential, and transhipment allows it to be implemented.
The transhipment scheme stipulates that the main vessels of large container services shall leave transit cargoes in intermediate deep-water ports, and later the cargoes shall be picked up and transported to the ports of region by smaller vessels, so-called ‘feeders’. Therefore, cargo owners and consignees working through ports where main vessel calls are not foreseen get an access to the global network of container routes.
The new service will be provided for feeder vesselы with a capacity of 1.1 thousand TEU. Both transit containers transferred from sea-going vessel of Ecumed ocean service of Maersk Line for the Caucasus and Central Asia countries and cargo arriving at TIS by land will be delivered from TIS to Poti, and containers with cargo for Ukraine and Europe will be transferred from Poti port to TIS.
As press service pointed out, the opening of transhipment via Ukraine will significantly strengthen position of our country on the global logistic map. Formerly the transhipment in the Black Sea was provided only by the Romanian Constanta. From 15 October 2019 TIS will be the second point. The new service will be foremost in demand by cargo owners from Europe, the Baltic States, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
‘We are striving to provide customers with efficient logistics solutions, and the new feeder service solves this problem. This feeder will cover one way distance in just one day and a half. Thus, we are creating a new sea route between Ukraine and Georgia - convenient for cargo owners of Ukraine, the Caucasus and Central Asia’, noted Roman Koloianov, General Director of Maersk Ukraine.
According to Yehor Hrebennikov, the co-owner of TIS container terminal, emergence of a new feeder service is of strategic importance for the terminal. ‘The new feeder service will be the missing link in the Trans-Caspian international transport route and opens up completely different opportunities for cargo owners’, he emphasized.
TIS terminal group is the largest private stevedoring company in Ukraine. It operates such terminals as TIS-Grain, TIS-Mineral Fertilizers, TIS-Ore, TIS-Coal and TIS-Container Terminal in Pivdenny seaport. The group has invested USD 770 million in the port infrastructure facilities. The terminals provide employment for about 4 thousand people. In 2018, the group reduced its cargo turnover by 1.2% to 25.7 million tons compared to 2017.
Maersk Line (Headquarters - Copenhagen) is an integrated container company of A.P. Moller-Maersk. According to current data of Alphaliner, the company holds 17.8% of the global container shipping market share. The carrier’s active fleet consists of 697 vessels (316 of its own) with a capacity of 4 169 527 TEU (2 352 769 TEU).
In April 2019, Philip Swens, President of the SE ‘Odesa Container Terminal’, announced opening of a new feeder service provided by MSC shipping company which will serve the terminal.