A new roll-on roll-off sea transport service has been inaugurated between Zeebrugge in Belgium and the Spanish port of Bilbao.
It’s the first such freight service in the European Atlantic starting with three sailings per week in each direction.
Each ferry will have capacity for 650 containers and almost 200 heavy duty trucks.
It is estimated that a total of 100,000 trucks will be transported on this route annually, saving 18 million litres of petrol and up to 18 percent in costs.
The Dutch company operating the service Transfennica plans to expand the operation to one voyage per day by the end of 2008 with a maximum capacity of 100,000 trucks annually.
Helmut Walgraeve, the head of Transfennica, points out the advantages of this new service:
“It will be less expensive, and mean fewer drivers with less fuel consumed.”
He says a sole driver requires more time on the motorway when obligatory pauses are observed, in line with EU regulations.