Consortium To Offer New Container Service Between Canada And Europe

Three major shipowners — Canadian Pacific, Compagnie Maritime Beige S.A., and the C.Y. Tung Group's interests including Furness Withy — have announced that CP Ships, Dart, and Manchester Liners have agreed to coordinate on an equal basis the container services they now operate between Canada, the U.K. and Continental Europe.

The new coordinated service will employ four cellular container vessels, each of about 1,500-TEU capacity and will use Montreal's Racine Terminal as its Canadian handling facility. The ships will be the largest cellular container vessels to call regularly at the Port of Montreal. There will be several ports of call in Continental Europe and the United Kingdom.

CP Ships, Dart, and Manchester Liners will each own and operate one vessel, with the fourth to be provided jointly. As part of the arrangement, CP Ships will acquire the 1,500-TEU vessel Dart Atlantic. Each of the lines will continue to market under its own name and will be responsible for the handling of the traffic it generates. The capacity of each vessel will be shared by the lines to take full advantage of the economies of the large ships.

"This new arrangement will enable us to provide a more competitive and cost-effective Western Europe-Canada container service," said a spokesman for the lines. The coordinated service is expected to be fully operational by late summer of 1981. CP Ships and Manchester Liners currently provide a weekly container service to and from the Port of Montreal.

The existing Dart container service operating between Europe and the Port of Halifax will be discontinued. Dart's new service to the Port of Montreal will be provided by Dart Canada, a new company established for this purpose.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 16,  Apr 1981 New Jersey

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