European ocean forwarder Mann Lines has signed a contract with ro-ro ferry group Stena Line in which each with utilise the strengths of their respective services.

Mann Lines, specialises in logistics, project, and general freight forwarding. The company operates a container shipping service between Rotterdam and the Baltics, and liner ro-ro services between the Harwich, Cuxhaven, Tallinn, Turku and Bremerhaven ports. It has contracts with many automotive companies across Europe.

Meanwhile, Stena operates a large route network of services in European waters.

“Mann Lines is a strong player within logistics and in business areas where we are not as strong,” said Peter Anderson, business development manager, Stena Line, citing automotive, project loads, and the high & heavy segment.

“Stena Line complements in other areas. From both Stena Line as well as Mann Lines we see that this cooperation will be beneficial for customers at both companies,” he added.

With the new agreement, Stena will initially charter a fixed quantity of space on a Mann Lines vessel, and Mann will act as a sales agent with the Stena Lines route network. Stena ro-ro will charter the Stena Foreteller vessel to Mann Lines, with the ship entering service at the beginning of 2015.

“We are really looking forward to seeing the results of this cooperation, since it will be very beneficial for both current and potential customers and it will increase cargo flows for both companies,” said Bill Binks, managing director for Mann Lines. “Stena Line is a perfect partner for us to cooperate with, regarding cargo flows to and from the Benelux countries.”

Stena Line has routes to and from nine countries in Western Europe and Scandinavia, and the new deal will allow the company access to new areas.