ONE Starting Enhanced North Sea Baltic Service for Russia, Finland

Japanese shipping company Ocean Network Express (ONE) has unveiled details of the enhanced North Sea Baltic Service (NBS) for Russia and Finland, ahead of its start this month.

The expanded service, which will run between a Russian loop and Finnish loop with four nominal 2,500 TEU vessels, follows the announcement of the Bilateral Strategic Co-operation Agreement with Hapag-Lloyd for feeders in October last year.

The new NBS network will see additional enhancement to improve transit times and boost reliability to the service into Russia and Finland, the company said.

Starting from June 18, the new setup will inaugurate a direct call to the Petrolesport Terminal (PLP) in St. Petersburg in addition to the current Container Terminal St. Petersburg (CTSP).

The service will also provide a direct connection between the Finnish ports of Helsinki and Kotka with the Benelux ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam.

According to ONE, the enhanced NBS rotation is as follows: Antwerp – Rotterdam – St. Petersburg (CTSP and PLP) – Helsinki – Antwerp – Rotterdam – Helsinki – Kotka – Antwerp.