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01.05.2014

Seago Line Launches New Service at Tilbury

(A Port of Tilbury News Release)

New route will deliver fruits of the season from Morocco.

Seago Line, the short-sea haul specialist which is part of the Maersk Group, is to launch a new service calling at Tilbury’s London Container Terminal from 1st May.

The arrival of the WES Carina this week with her cargo of fresh tomatoes and citrus fruits from Morocco marks the start of the service call which will see ships arriving at LCT on a weekly basis each Thursday, bringing tonnes of fresh produce for the UK market.

Commenting on the new service, Perry Glading, Chief Operating Officer at Forth Ports (owners of Port of Tilbury and LCT) said: “We are delighted to welcome Seago Line to Tilbury with this new service call. Tilbury is a reefer handling specialist and coupled with our unrivalled infrastructure and connectivity to the UK market this fresh seasonal produce will reach the market quickly.”

Robert Clegg, UK and Ireland general manager for Seago Line, said: “It’s important that fresh produce reaches the UK market as fast as possible. We’ve chosen Tilbury for its key location and efficiency in handling the specialist product. We look forward to working with the team at LCT over the coming months.”

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For media enquiries / images please call:

Forth Ports: Debbie Johnston, Spreng & Co - 0141 548 5191 / 07532 183811 / Debbie@sprengandco.com

Seago Line: Paul Wright, +44 (0) 151 243 6316 or paul.wright@maersk.com

Notes to Editors

About the Port of Tilbury

The Port of Tilbury is a significant part of the Forth Ports Group and also London’s major port providing fast, modern distribution services for the benefit of the South East of England.

Tilbury’s strategic position on the Thames provides a major geographical advantage for transport to and out of London and the South East making its location the natural point for distribution. Serving the UK’s market for forest products, general cargo, vehicles, grain and other bulks, the port offers customers excellent transport links to and from the capital and across the South East. International supply chain expertise is the Port of Tilbury’s undoubted strength and makes the port a leader in portcentric logistics, providing solutions and helping to deliver significant savings.

The Port is a significant distribution centre, covering over 850 acres and is well positioned to access the M25 orbital motorway and the rest of the UK's national motorway network. In addition, there are direct rail connections within the Port, with access to the whole of the UK.

www.londondistributionpark.com www.forthports.co.uk

About Seago Line

Seago Line is an independent entity within the Maersk Group with own offices in all major countries throughout the region. With over 300 staff, operating around 50 vessels with a combined capacity of around 90,000 TEUs, this makes Seago Line one of the largest short-sea operators in Europe and well positioned to create value for our clients. For further information, please visit www.seagoline.com