New Stellantis maritime logistics service for EVs at Ellesmere Port

13 December 2022 | David Young

The Ellesmere Port plant is currently undergoing a major transformation to manufacture a compact electric van (Vauxhall/Opel Combo Electric, Peugeot e-Partner and Citroën e-Berlingo) from Spring 2023

New Stellantis maritime logistics service for EVs at Ellesmere Port

Stellantis is launching a new maritime logistics service, in partnership with Suardíaz and Peel Ports, in order to supply parts to our Ellesmere Port manufacturing plant and reduce carbon emissions in line with our Dare Forward 2030 Strategic Plan.

A number of the sheet metal parts and components required for production will be supplied from partner companies that are based near the Vigo plant in Spain – the other Stellantis plant that manufactures these electric light commercial vehicles.

In order to improve the supply chain flows to Ellesmere Port, a new end-to-end logistical service is being put in place, operated by Suardíaz. This will include a new twice weekly shipping service from Vigo Port to Queen Elizabeth II Eastham docks, Merseyside.

Starting from June 2023, after the initial production ramp-up, the new 891 nautical miles maritime route will take an estimated 14,700 lorry journeys off the roads of the UK and continental Europe annually saving around 17.5 million kilometres (c.11 million miles) of road travel.

Each ship will be able to take up to 95 lorries whose cargo will comprise around 47 different part lines of sheet metal parts and components that will be used in the assembly of the all-electric compact vans. The packaging used to transport the parts is then taken back to Vigo Port on the return leg in order to be reused for subsequent trips. The journey time from Vigo Port to Queen Elizabeth II Eastham docks is around 50 hours – a comparable time to the current road journey.

Compared to road transport, the direct maritime route has 30% lower CO2 emissions over the course of a full year as well as 37% less energy consumption.

Suardíaz will manage the end-to-end logistical service from one plant to another. Peel Ports will provide a 9.4-acre site at the Queen Elizabeth II Eastham dock in order to enable this new maritime route.

Peel Ports and Suardíaz have invested a combined £10million in recommissioning a berth at the Queen Elizabeth II Eastham dock and installing the infrastructure needed to support the processing of the Roll-on Roll-off (RoRo) ships and their cargo.

The dock is conveniently located two miles from the Stellantis Ellesmere Port plant with direct access to the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal.

Paul Willcox, senior vice-president, UK country manager, Stellantis:
"With Ellesmere Port set to soon reopen manufacturing all-electric light commercial vehicles, we are looking at all aspects of our value chain in order to improve sustainability and efficiency, in line with our Dare Forward 2030 Strategic Plan.

I'd like to thank our partners at Suardíaz and Peel Ports for their collaboration on this new maritime logistical supply route that will enable us to ensure increased efficiency of service to the plant whilst removing congestion and emissions from Europe's roads."