I-Motion Shipping starts first container line between North Sea Port’s Ghent port area and United Kingdom

Published on Wed 30 May 2018
In the night of Monday, May 28 to Tuesday, May 29, the first two container vessels, the BF Cartagena and Marus, sailed from the Ghent port area of North Sea Port in the direction of the United Kingdom. For this purpose, the Ghent port company Stukwerkers and M-Source founded I-Motion Shipping.

The containers are collected at Interface Terminal Gent (ITG) located at the corner of the Kluizendok and the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal. This multimodal terminal has the possibility of handling and distributing both incoming and outgoing container loads via different transport modes, being rail, inland navigation and local road transport. The I-Motion Shipping shortsea connection completes the Ghent terminal by providing this fourth transport mode. The latter in its turn strengthens the distribution possibilities of the shortsea line to the markets in the Benelux, Italy, France and Germany where the goods are meant for.

Three times a week

It is the very first container line between the Ghent port area and the United Kingdom. I-Motion sails three times a week back and forth with one container ship of 508 TEU (the BF Cartagena) and one of 338 TEU (the Marus) between Ghent and the ports of Hull in the north and of London Thamesport in the south. I-Motion has the ambition to serve a niche market by means of a reliable shortsea service. Moreover, I-Motion wants to optimize the intermodal container management between the United Kingdom and Western Europe. As a 50/50 joint-venture, the shipping company counts on a yearly volume of 60,000 containers.

Oldest transhipment company

From way back, Stukwerkers has been focusing on transport via rail and inland navigation. Consequently, from now on, it also aims at seagoing transport. In doing so, Stukwerkers wants to offer an alternative to road transport. As such, it aims at a specific part of the market besides the traditional shortsea services.

Stukwerkers has been active already since the year 1338. It is the oldest still operating transhipment company in the Ghent port area.