After two years of running operations in Dover, Geest Line is set to return to Portsmouth in January 2020.
Geest Line’s fleet handles general cargo, which includes machinery and fruit from the Caribbean, most of those goods are supplied to the UK and other European markets. The shipping company moved its cargo handling to Dover, Kent when they decided to upgrade their fleet which meant Portsmouth faced difficulties accommodating their “five larger and newer ships.” However fast forward 2 years and Portsmouth have made modifications to their port, making it achievable for larger ships to operate and unload cargo.
Portico has worked hard to show they’re able to support the needs of Geest Line and other existing customers. Steve Williams, Portico’s operations Director has expressed his thoughts “we have been through a significant restructure so we’re confident we have the right resources in place.” New resources include three new Kalmar DRG450-65S6X reach-stackers which will improve efficiency and speed of terminal operations.
It’s a great opportunity for Portsmouth to welcome back Geest Line, who has been functioning for over 60 years and Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of Portsmouth City Council has stated that the move will “strengthens Portsmouth’s reputation for international trade.”