Dutch shipping line Transfennica is to include a weekly direct call to Tilbury from Bilbao from 7th May in response to customer demand.
The Friday evening sailings from Bilbao will call at Tilbury on Sundays at 14.00 hrs and after discharging the vessel will head for Zeebrugge.
Michael van den Heuvel, director of Transfennica, said: “The 48 hour working week legislation is an increasing problem for international hauliers. The longer the distance, the higher the loss of productivity. Our service is giving hauliers an important tool to manage productivity much better by shipping unaccompanied which is also cheaper than driver accompanied. While a trailer is at sea sailing to its destination drivers and tractor units can do other work”.