CLdN has today confirmed the order of an additional two 5 400 lane meter vessels from the Korean shipyard, Hyundai, with options for a further four of the same class. This to complement the previously announced firm orders for four vessels, of which the first two 8 000 lane meter vessels will be delivered within 2017, and are muted to be placed on the Zeebrugge / UK trade, which will, immediately in parallel, facilitate a large expansion of the Rotterdam and Zeebrugge / London service.
To complement these orders and prepare for expansion, a new 59 Hectare Port facility at Albert II Dock, Zeebrugge will be opened in the second quarter 2017.
European short Sea RoRo specialist CLdN RoRo SA, who operate 24 modern RoRo vessels, offering in excess of 130 sailings per week between the ports of Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, London, Killingholme, Dublin, Gothenburg, Esbjerg, Hirtshals, Santander and Porto had previously announced its intention to add 12 new vessels to its fleet over the coming years, of which six are now confirmed and with additional options for a further four.
CLdN, whose core services have traditionally been the Continent / UK, which commenced in December 1974, have steadily expanded their geographical presence into new markets, including Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Spain and Portugal in recent years
A Company spokesperson described the additional orders as excellent news, keeping us on track to meet the target of 12 new additional vessels to expand the fleet by 70% of today’s capacity.
‘These additions, coupled with the massive expansion of our Zeebrugge Port facilities, will allow CLdN to replicate the hub and spoke concept developed in the recently expanded Rotterdam facility. We will, with immediate effect, have our Iberian services, from Rotterdam to Santander and Leixoes, call twice weekly into Zeebrugge also. This will open up a new market segment and also allow direct shipments from all ports served by CLdN, in one transaction.
In addition, we will also direct new builds to serve the Scandinavian corridor, where the present vessels are not optimum for this trade. We will start ramping up for their arrival immediately, in preparation for their deployment during 2018.
We are two years into the four year vision outlined by CLdN and are pleased to be well ahead of predictions on all fronts, with some exciting developments in the pipeline’.
CLdN ro-ro SA is a European short Sea RoRo specialist, operating 24 modern vessels, offering in excess of 100 sailings per week between the ports of Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, London, Killingholme, Dublin, Gothenburg, Esbjerg, Hirtshals, Porto and now Santander. CLdN ro-ro SA had previously announced its intention to add 12 new vessels to its fleet over the coming years. CLdN Group, founded in 1928, a Luxembourg based, multimodal transportation and logistics group. The core activities of the Group include, European ro-ro shipping (CLdN ro-ro SA), European port operations (C.RO), European door-to-door services (CLdN Cargo) and worldwide bulk shipping (CLdN Cobelfret). They operate on the (inland) waterways of Europe with their own modern fleet of (river) barges and have extensive rail connections throughout Europe giving true multimodal solutions when required.