Freight service is cancelled because of new regulation

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A ‘SUCCESSFUL’ freight route between Portsmouth, Spain and Belgium will cease at the end of the month because of incoming European fuel regulations.

Transfennica has decided to cease its ‘Motorways of the Sea’ service between Bilbao, Portsmouth and Zeebrugge, claiming the incoming legislation changes will see a rise in fuel costs.

The board of directors of Spliethoff Group decided there is no profitable future for the service on this route.

Port manager Martin Putman said: ‘Portsmouth International Port regrets the announcement. It is always unfortunate to lose the business of any of our customers, especially when the service was proving so successful.

‘European sulphur regulations, which come into effect in January 2015, put a large financial burden on existing companies operating routes in the English Channel.

‘Portsmouth International Port fully understands the economic reality now facing Transfennica.

‘Freight and logistics companies will still have the option of using the Brittany Ferries service to Bilbao and Santander from Portsmouth.’

The service started at the end of April and was twice weekly.