The new line will connect the docks of Bilbao with ports in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile, on the Pacific coast, with multipurpose vessels that can carry all kinds of freight.
The company SDW Shipping, which operates from the port of Vlissingen, near
Rotterdam (Netherlands), has started a regular shipping service, initially on a monthly basis, between Bilbao and the Pacific coast of South America, local business journal Estrategia Empresarial reports. Maritima Davila Bilbao, general agent in Spain for this Dutch shipowner, will perform the marketing and coordination of this service, which connects Bilbao docks with the ports of Buenaventura (Colombia), Guayaquil (Ecuador), Callao (Peru), Iquique, Arica (providing overland access to the Bolivian market) and Valparaíso (Chile).
However, if there is enough cargo, the vessel could put in at other ports, such as Panama. The multipurpose vessels that cover this line will be able to carry conventional freight, rolling stock and dangerous goods, as well as heavy equipment, project and oversized cargo.
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