ATL Lines Markets the Ro-Ro Service between Montoir and Gijón

GLDA (Louis Dreyfus Armateur), the operator of the maritime motorway service between Montoir de Bretagne and Gijón since September 2010, entrusts the marketing of the service to the company ATL Lines. With an occupancy rate of approximately 60%, the service has demonstrated that a market does exist.

For over 10 years now, ATL Lines have been offering their services as forwarding agents and shipping agents. Experts in export operations for all types of vehicles and ro-ro cargo worldwide, ATL Lines have their head office in Pantin (Seine-Saint-Denis) and possess an agency in Le Havre and an agency located in the premises of the Montoir de Bretagne harbour station.

Recruitment and Investment

The service is marketed on a local level by the Montoir de Bretagne agency, but also by the office in the Paris area. To develop the service, ATL Lines have strengthened their team through the recruitment of two new members of staff. Yann Le Blanc, who has been the agency manager since the start of the year and in post at Montoir de Bretagne for 2 years, heads up a 5-strong team. The expansion of the operation also involves utilizing new buildings, one of which will be used to receive drivers. ATL Lines and the shipping company are thereby banking on a growth in freight volumes.

Still 3 Departures a Week

The maritime motorway service is provided by the ropax vessel Norman Asturias, which can accommodate 518 passengers and the equivalent of 120 trucks and 195 cars. The service frequency is 3 departures a week (on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays), with a crossing time of around 15 hours 30 minutes. With the eco-tax on HGVs coming into effect on 1st October 2013, the maritime motorway is consolidating its position as an alternative and as a complementary offer to road haulage.

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