WEC Strains takes first steps into recent produce market


With the commissioning of some 50 45 ft reefer containers, shortsea transport firm WEC Strains entered the reefer container marketplace for the primary time this yr. “The main focus inside our firm has at all times been on dry cargo together with supermarket-related merchandise, in addition to heavy cargoes akin to espresso beans and tea. However with this new service, we are able to additionally present the recent produce sector with our logistics companies,” says Sjaak Melissant.

For the overall supervisor who beforehand labored at Visbeen Transport and Coolboxx, returning to the recent produce sector seems like coming residence. “For example, I actually missed the Fruit Logistica lately. I am wanting ahead to doing my bit there once more on behalf of WEC Strains.”

“WEC Strains began 50 years again and initially actually centered on East Africa. Lately, the main focus has broadened to the Mediterranean area, including Portugal, Spain, the Canary Islands and Morocco, amongst others, as vital locations,” Sjaak explains. “For instance, we provide recent produce importers a direct service between Agadir with Portugal, Spain and the UK. This service affords additional connections to the Netherlands, France and Belgium by which Moroccan tomatoes and mandarins, amongst others, discover their strategy to European supermarkets. In doing so, we work intermodally, for instance, we even have a rail connection to Poland, amongst others, and barge connections to Germany in Moerdijk.”

“Though the temperature-controlled transport market is new to WEC Strains, we do have quite a lot of data of reefers internally. The benefit is that we are able to now supply our prospects a wider vary. Till just lately, prospects wanted reefers throughout sure intervals of the yr, however they may not ebook them with us. We will now present that. The brand new 45ft reefer containers are all geared up with a state-of-the-art (electrical) refrigeration system to precisely preserve the temperature inside a spread of -30ºC to +30ºC, guaranteeing the integrity of temperature-sensitive or perishable cargo all through the transportation course of. We needed to be thorough and put quite a lot of effort into track-and-trace immediately. In any case, you typically solely get one likelihood to show your self, and you must make good use of it,” says Sjaak. In the meantime, WEC Strains already has a second set of reefers on order because of excessive demand from its prospects.

WEC Strains’ fleet consists of some 14 vessels, 11 of that are owned, supplemented by three mounted charters. “With these, we serve all ports from Morocco to the Canary Islands. We just lately added the Bilbao – Dublin – Liverpool service to our common transport routes,” Sjaak says. For transport to East Africa, WEC Strains ‘hitch-hikes’ on the common companies of mum or dad organisation MSC with its personal WEC containers on board. “With our personal ships, our personal containers and native representations in at least 17 nations, we now have every thing in-house to unburden prospects. For instance, we even have workplaces in Egypt and Kenya, the place I see quite a lot of potential in reefer transport for floriculture, amongst different issues.”

“We come from a troublesome market, as a result of volumes are considerably decrease in every single place. The prices available in the market have risen significantly, solely the transport value has not truly risen together with it and fairly declined considerably. However we at the moment are seeing optimistic indicators that the market is choosing up. For example, refrigerated transport from England to Spain has been going nicely from the beginning. Relating to refrigerated transport to the Netherlands, it stays pioneering for us. In any case, we now have quite a lot of competitors from highway transport and people costs go in all instructions throughout the yr. As an intermodal supplier, we use a year-round value, which is far more fixed; in some intervals, that is much less attention-grabbing when it comes to prices. However, I’m satisfied that with these secure routes we provide a pleasant different to highway transport,” Sjaak says.

For extra data:
Sjaak Melissant
WEC Strains
Tel: +31 10 4 913 306
[email protected]