Dutch shipping firm sets up base in Sunderland port

Maersk Responder docked at Sunderland,

Maersk Responder docked at Sunderland,

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LV SHIPPING is making waves in Sunderland.

The shipping and transport company, part of the Dutch-owned LV Group in Middlesbrough, has been working with the port since 2011, and has now established a permanent base.

Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson, who is chairman of the port board, said: “We have believed for a long time that Port of Sunderland has a special and quite unique offer.

“And to have the commitment of a company like LV Shipping really is vindication of that.

“We’re delighted to be working with LV Shipping, and it is great to have their support in putting Sunderland on the radar of vessel owners here in the UK and beyond.

“We believe that we have the potential to be a leading force in the offshore renewable energy sector.

“Excellent partnerships with businesses like LV Shipping are a fantastic way of showcasing all that we have to offer here.”

Since the opening of the office, the port has welcomed a number of vessels, including the Maersk Responder, at the port awaiting a charter for Maersk Supply Service; Team Oman, carrying out spooling operations after a contract completion at Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm; Peak Bergen, a vessel importing steel plate from Rotterdam for TAG Teesside; Sea Hawk, carrying cable reels from Norway for Reef Subsea; and Irafoss, an LV-supervised vessel loading reels.

Gordon Allan, LV Shipping’s principal agent at the Sunderland office, said: “Having started working with the port in 2011, it is a relationship that has gone from strength- to-strength in a relatively short period of time.

“Our permanent presence at the port reflects the strength of our relationship.

“We have worked on a range of different projects with the team there, from major mobilisation projects, to freight and cargo handling.

“The location of the port is particularly attractive to us.

“It is ideally located for projects out in the North Sea and offers something really special in terms of its accessibility.

“Transit into the port is so fast. Typically, it takes only 10 or 15 minutes to go from wide open sea to the ports berths, so the ease and speed of access is fantastic.

“It just makes it so easy for us to choose to work with them.”