P&O MARITIME Logistics is entering the container-carrying market after modifying a multi-carrying vessel to carry containers on deck.

The company plans to modify five more MCVs to carry 45-foot, 40-foot and 20-foot containers, in addition to the general and project cargo they were originally designed to transport.

P&O Maritime Logistics said the new model of container-carrying MCVs provides supply to meet the high demand for container transport in Europe.

The company said container-fitted MCVs are ideal for lower volume, high frequency shortsea routes as well as trade routes through rivers and to shallow water ports like the transit between Turkey and the Caspian via the Russian rivers.

P&O Maritime Logistics CEO Martin Helweg said: “As global supply chains have been stretched in recent years, we are entering the container-carrying market to help provide additional capacity in the lower-volume, higher-frequency routes.

“With five more vessels slated to enter the containerised market, we’ll soon be servicing niche trade lanes stretching from the Americas to Southeast Asia. We’ll be working closely with our parent company DP World in rolling out of containerised service, beginning with fellow DP World-owned company shortsea feeder service provider, Unifeeder.”