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11th February 2016 - Press Release

Anniversary of successful partnership with Seatrade Reefer Chartering N.V.

A business partnership which brings around a quarter of Britain's bananas into the country is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

The Port of Dover, Seatrade Reefer Chartering N.V and terminal operator George Hammond PLC have spent a decade running successful twice weekly shipping services through Dover Cargo Terminal in a port more widely recognised as the busiest RoRo ferry terminal in Europe.

In 2014 the Port registered record tonnage for the banana, perishable and other sensitive cargoes which come from Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

And, as the partners celebrated their anniversary last week at the annual Fruit Logistica in Berlin, they were also planning future growth.

The Port of Dover has now commenced work on one of the most important cargo projects in North West Europe. Dover Western Docks Revival will create a new cargo terminal with two dedicated cargo berths and a port-centric distribution facility.

Port Director of Corporate Development, Barbara Buczek, said:  “Our project for the Western Docks is well-advanced and will provide the ultimate strategic location, delivering the supply chain with fast and direct access to and from Europe on the shortest sea-crossing.

“Dover is open for cargo business and is looking to maximise the potential and opportunities that partnerships like the one we have with Seatrade and George Hammond PLC can bring.”

Eik Schuster, Chartering Manager of Seatrade Reefer Chartering N.V said: “My company’s relationship with the Port of Dover and George Hammond PLC over the last ten years has been fruitful in every way and I am grateful to both companies for their hard work in delivering an efficient operation, enabling us to serve the UK market effectively.”

James Ryeland, Managing Director at George Hammond PLC, said: “We’ve had a great level of support from Seatrade, their worldwide network of offices and the Port of Dover which has given us the opportunity to develop this strong relationship.”

To mark the anniversary, the Port presented a commemorative plaque to Seatrade representatives at Fruit Logistica.


Notes to Editors:

  • The Port handles 13 million passengers, 2.5 million freight vehicles and £100 billion of UK/European trade.
  • The Port supports 22,000 jobs, many of which are in the local community.
  • It has a shared vision to protect and enhance short and long term port capacity for the nation whilst delivering the catalyst for the regeneration of Dover.
  • The picture includes: James Ryland - Managing Director at George Hammond PLC, Eik Schuster - Chartering Manager of Seatrade Reefer Chartering N.V, Barbara Buczek - Director of Corporate Development, and Steve Wale - George Hammond PLC.

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