Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has introduced a new service for vehicle and special cargo shipments from Santander, Spain calling at South Africa and onto Australia. The service will operate twice a month and call at ports including Port Elizabeth, East London and Durban in South Africa, and Fremantle, Melbourne, Port Kembla and Brisbane in Australia.

The company said the enhanced service, which includes additional capacity and extended port coverage, reflects WWL’s ongoing work to extend its services to meet customers’ needs.

“WWL is excited to support manufacturer needs for ocean transportation from Spain to South Africa and Oceania”, said Ramon Oliete, the recently appointed head of WWL’s new Iberia Branch. “In 2013, a total of 1.9m cars were produced in Spain. Of that amount 90% or 1.7m cars were exported. As we expect the shift toward greater manufacturing in Spain to continue, it becomes important to strengthen export-bound ocean service here.”

In addition to vehicles Oliete said that the composition of cargo out of Santander included rail vehicles including trains and trams, as well as machinery and steel plates.

Together with its extended ocean service in Santander, WWL also offers trucking and other inland distribution for the Iberian market. The company recently announced the set up of the branch office overseeing activity in Iberia, which will integrate and further develop its existing land-based and ocean logistics services to the Iberian market, creating multimodal service solutions.