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The Montoir–Vigo Ro-Ro Service Becomes a Maritime Motorway

Just as the COP 21 Climate Change Conference is starting in Paris, a clear sign has been given in favour of high-volume transport operations, the most eco-friendly mode of transportation. The amendment to the agreement relating to the operation of the Montoir–Vigo Maritime Motorway was signed in Madrid on 27th November by the French and Spanish Governments and the Suardiaz Atlantica Shipping Line.

Approved by the Marco Polo Programme and the EU Institutions, the new agreement was signed in the presence of Mrs Ana Pastor, the Spanish Minister of Transport, Mr Yves Saint-Geours, the French Ambassador to Spain, and Mr Juan Riva, CEO of Suardiaz. Each State is planning to pay 12 million euros and the European Commission 3 million euros over the duration of the agreement.

Two vessels, the Suarvigo and the Bouzas, both possess the capacity to transport around a hundred unaccompanied trailers and offer three weekly rotations. Represented at Montoir de Bretagne by ship’s agent Somaloir, Suardiaz had anticipated the future reclassification back in January by adding a third call to the existing rotation, with "Improving maritime routes in order to reduce the congestion of the European transport system" as the key objective.

Present at Nantes – Saint Nazaire Port for over 40 years now and delivering tried and tested reliability, the service is now bolstered by its new label. The frequency could moreover be increased to four round trips per week, depending on market requirements and vessel occupancy rates.

Contact at Nantes – Saint Nazaire Port: – Virginie Dias

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