Norway’s Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics has added monthly direct calls to the ports of Santander (Spain), Veracruz (Mexico) and Cartagena (Colombia), as part of its Europe to US Gulf Service. 
According to a spokesman for the company, the addition of the new direct calls has been prompted by demand from some of WWL’s current customers for a direct service from Northern Europe and Spain to US Gulf Coast ports. The company would not go into further detail.
The new service, which will make its first voyage at the end of February, will offer a regular ro-ro ocean route from Spain to the US and Panama, and from all of WWL’s Northern European ports to Mexico and Colombia.
WWL said the service will utilize Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTCs), designed for moving passenger vehicles, agriculture and construction equipment, project cargo, and a wide range of oversized and overweight cargo.
Exports from Europe and the US to China and South America remain strong for the company, in terms of both passenger cars as well as for high-and-heavy and break-bulk cargo.
WWL will receive seven new vessels in 2011, followed by 3-5 more in 2012.