New container service between Cork and Liverpool

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BG Freight Line, a fully-owned subsidiary of Peel Ports Group, is introducing a new weekly container service between Cork and Liverpool. This is the first time the two ports have been connected directly, with the service starting on Monday 27 March.

It is intended that the new route will offer greater opportunities for customers in the Republic of Ireland to make connections with the deep-sea services now calling at the Port of Liverpool, particularly from Canada, the east coast of the US and the Mediterranean.

Koert Luitwieler, Shipping Director at BG Freight Line, said: “This new service will create even more momentum in Liverpool and was the last missing link in the connectivity between Ireland and Liverpool. Not only have a large number of cargo owners shown their interest in this route but also a number of deep-sea lines who see this as an opportunity to reposition empties to Cork.”

The new service will also provide a quay-to-quay route for tank operators, and door-to-door opportunities into the North of England, Midlands and Scotland – regions previously only accessible via Dublin.

Andrew Allen, UK Operations Director of Hapag Lloyd said: “This new service provides our Cork-located clients with a viable and timely connection alternative for two of our Atlantic slings. It also provides us with an additional attractive option for the positioning and evacuation of equipment to and from Cork and surrounding counties.”

Peel Ports’ Roger Megann, Business Development Manager – Containers, added: “This is the final piece in the jigsaw of a complete Liverpool hub serving key locations in Ireland, with BG Freight now offering four sailings per week. Liverpool is the closest deep-water container terminal and I’m confident that Irish cargo owners realise the potential benefits of the significant investment we’ve made at Liverpool2. In fact, there’s already been interest in our highly successful Cargo200 campaign, which underlines the benefits of shipping closer to and from market, and we’ll be officially launching it there soon.”

The weekly schedule of the new service will be:

  • Saturday: Liverpool
  • Monday: Cork
  • Wednesday: Liverpool

At the end of the each week, the vessel will continue to offer services between Belfast, Greenock and Liverpool.

The route will initially be served by MV Thea II and MV RMS Veritas. However, from 2018, BG Freight will take delivery of four tailor-made short-sea feeder vessels optimised for the company’s Irish Sea Hub services.

The vessels will be built to DNV GL standards and will be fitted with state-of-the-art features in order to comply with Emission Control Area (ECA) requirements and BG Freight Line’s navigation and trading needs.

They will be fitted with a modern wet scrubber system for exhaust cleaning in order to fulfil the requirements for trading within the ECA area. The vessels are also fully fitted for the loading of 45ft short-sea containers in all positions, with room in total for 488 units.

Additionally, a various number of odd-sized containers can be stowed fast and securely due to a new proprietary and innovative cargo stowage system. To minimise operational cost the vessel will be fitted with a modern two-stroke main engine with very low fuel consumption.

In 2016, BG Freight Line was named the Ship Operator of the Year at the Marine Industry Awards in Dublin.


Koert Luitwieler, Shipping Director, BG Freight Line


Tel. + 31 (10) 472 08 77

Bob Berkery   

Tel. + 353 (0) 21 4628007

Maria Crowley

Tel. + 353 (0) 21 4628006


BG Freight Line has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Peel Ports Group since 2005. Our parent company has major interests in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe.  BG Freight Line’s core activity is short-sea shipping / feedering, with regular liner services to/from Ireland and the UK.


Update on go-live of Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulation

Dear Customer,

With respect to the go-live of the ‘VGM rule’, effective 1st of July 2016, we would like to provide an update.

  • At time of placing the booking, please provide:
  • Consignment weight (=cargo weight + packing and securing material weight),
  • Verified Gross Weight (VGM) (=consignment weight + tare weight).

In case VGM is not known at time of booking, we require an estimated weight. Please inform us when actual VGM is known, and we will amend same in our systems.

Tare weight of BG Freight Line equipment can be found on:

  • It is shipper’s responsibility to provide us the VGM. In principle BG Freight Line will not be involved in determining the VGM.
  • The International Maritime Organization (IMO) have advised all parties to be pragmatic during the start-up period (until 1st of October 2016), allowing all parties to adapt to the new regulations and make further system and process updates.
  • Our BG Freight Line offices will pro-actively follow up on units missing VGM in order to ensure smooth operations and minimizing containers left behind due to missing VGM.
  • Starting as from 1st of July 2016, any VGM related cost charged to BG Freight Line by a third party, will be passed on to our customer. We will make use of this period to clearly assess the financial impact of the new VGM regulations to our company.

If you have any questions about above, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

BG Freight Line B.V.

Latest info on SOLAS / VGM

Dear Customer,

Please find here SOLAS / VGM a general SOLAS advisory, effective July 1st 2016.

Key highlights:

  • ‘VGM weight’ must be stated when placing the booking. We do accept estimated ‘VGM weight’ when placing the booking, which can be altered before VGM cut-off in order to be shipped as planned.
  • ‘VGM weight’ and verified consignment weight are both required in order to ship as planned.
  • We will be ready for EDI submission of ‘VGM weight’.
  • Due to increased operational costs, a ‘VGM fee’ will be implemented in due time.

In case of any further questions, please do no hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

BG Freight Line B.V.

BG Freight Line to call GREENOCK

BG Freight Line to call GREENOCK

As from 19th of June, BG Freight Line will connect Rotterdam, Liverpool and Belfast directly with Greenock.

With 3 ships each 1.000 TEUS sailing in a “butterfly schedule”, the port of Greenock will be called on a weekly basis.

Rotation of the service will be as follows:

Rotterdam      Friday
Liverpool        Monday / Tuesday
Belfast            Wednesday / Thursday
Greenock       Friday
Liverpool        Saturday / Sunday
Rotterdam      Tuesday

Main reason for adding Greenock to BG’s schedule is the high demand from the market-place.

BG is confident that not only Rotterdam – Greenock v.v. but also connections between Liverpool – Greenock v.v. and Belfast to Greenock will be strengthening the position of BG in the Irish Sea.

By means of the Irish Sea Hub with services between Liverpool – Dublin and Belfast as well as the existing services between the ports of Rotterdam – Antwerp – Felixstowe and Liverpool – Dublin – Cork – Belfast, BG has played a major role in the Irish Sea for more than 30 years.

BG’s initiative is in close cooperation with it’s parent company PEEL Ports Limited.

For more information, please contact Koert Luitwieler, Frank Kapaan, John Hoenderop or Jean van Drom.

BG Freight Line B.V.
Den Hamweg 30
3089 KK Rotterdam

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SECA Announcement 2015


Dear Customer,

Please find attached the updated BG announcement on the upcoming implementation of the EU Directive on Low Sulphur effective 1 January 2015.

SECA 2015

For questions, please contact BG Freight Line, Rotterdam.

Best Regards,


BG Freight Line Sales Team

Implementation of “congestion surcharge” ECT Delta and ECT Euromax

Dear Customer,

We herewith refer to our letter dated 26th of May 2014 in which we announced that, if situation at above terminals would not improve significantly, we would be implementing a congestion surcharge.

After monitoring the situation for the last 2 months, during which we experienced huge delays, we can no longer delay implementation of the congestion surcharge.
By means of this letter we therefore officially inform you that for vessels arriving / departing ECT Delta and / or ECT Euromax on / after 1st of August 2014 a surcharge of Euro.75 per teu for all import, export, laden and empty containers will be implemented.

You will find the surcharge separately on your invoice.

We trust you will understand our position.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,
BG Freight Line B.V.

Increased capacity on the Manchester Ship Canal


Liverpool Manchester Barge Service

BG Freight Line, member of Peel Ports Group is pleased to announce the start of a new larger vessel operating on the Manchester Ship Canal, running between Liverpool and Manchester.

The MV Thea II will begin service from Monday 9th June 2014, with a capacity of 366 TEU (an increase of over 100 TEU per sailing on the Coastal Deniz)

A recent review of the service highlighted a demand for weekend and early week departures. The new larger vessel will operate two departures per week from Liverpool and two departures per week from Manchester (Irlam)


Day Description
Saturday Liverpool : loading & departure
Sunday Manchester : discharge/ loading  & departure
Monday Liverpool : discharge/ loading & departure
Tuesday Manchester : discharge / loading & departure
Wednesday Liverpool : discharge / loading


If you have any queries on the above please do not hesitate to contact your representative for further information.

Thank you for your continued support and look forward to working with you in the future.




Increase of frequency to/from Liverpool

BG Freight Line increases frequency to/from Liverpool 

End of July 2012 BG Freight Line started offering a direct weekly sailing from Rotterdam to Liverpool. As from week 20, within 1 year from the start of the service BG Freight Line, in close cooperation with their parent company PEEL Ports, has decided to add a second weekly sailing to/from Liverpool. Main driver for this huge improvement is the demand from the market.

Rotterdam – RST South, ECT Delta, ECT Euromax and APMT.

Liverpool – Royal Seaforth Container Terminal

Seaforth Container Terminal as well as BG Freight Line are subsidiaries of PEEL Ports. The new service will be connected with the Liverpool “hinterland” in an ideal and environmental friendly way by means of the “ManchesterShip Canal”, another very successful initiative of PEEL Ports.  

Increasing the number of calls at the port of Liverpool is showing BG’s confidence in the UK markets.

BG Freight Line adds 3rd Grangemouth call

From Tuesday the 24th of January BG Freight Line will introduce a third weekly departure from Rotterdam to Grangemouth. Departures from Rotterdam will be on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Departures from Grangemouth will be on Thursday, Saturday and Monday. For our complete Sailing Schedule, click on Services. Terminals called at are: Grangemouth – Forth Ports Rotterdam – RST South, ECT City and ECT Delta. Other terminals in Rotterdam on sufficient inducement. The extra sailing from Rotterdam is based on the requirements BG has received from the market. Adding the 3rd sailing is showing BG’s confidence in the UK market served via the port of Grangemouth.
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We are pleased to announce the opening of a sales and operational office in Teesport. Following on from the recent opening of B.G. Felixstowe, B.G. Freight Line continues its commitment to UK clients with the opening of an office in Teesport. We are pleased to announce that joining our operation from the current Teesport agent GAC will be Mrs. Christine Sanderson who will manage the office and will be ably supported by Mr. Neil Johnson. This will ensure the continuity of the excellent service that our clients have come to expect from B.G. Freight Line. The opportunity to open our own office is a direct result of the growing support we have received from our clients.
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