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Tilbury welcomes new fast trade route New Zealand service

London Container Terminal (LCT) in Tilbury has secured a new fast transit reefer service covering Pacific, New Zealand, Peru & US East Coast.

The Meridian service operated with eight 2,500TEU capacity vessels, four of which have been specifically built for this reefer orientated service, makes its first call in the UK by the Seatrade Blue at the end of March.

This new scheduled service will trim 9 days out of the existing New Zealand-UK connection alongside improving frequency of North bound sailings from fortnightly to every ten days.

The service which will offer both reefer and dry cargo capacity and will see large volumes of apples, kiwi fruit, frozen goods, wines and yachts from New Zealand and fruit, vegetables and frozen fish from Peru & the US East Coast.

Seatrade’s sister company, Streamlines have been calling at London Container Terminal since the inception of the Blue Stream service in 2016, another specialist reefer service connecting Central America to the UK & Europe.

The Meriden service rotation will be: Rotterdam, Dunkirk, Radicatel (Le Havre), Papeete, Noumea, Nelson, Napier, Tauranga, Callao, Paita, Philadelphia, Zeebrugge & Tilbury.

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