October 28 - Effective November 1, DKT Allseas Shipping is taking over from Escombe Lambert as the UK liner agent and representative for the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI).

The agreement is based on a longstanding relationship, in which De Keyser Thornton (DKT) has been SCI's agent in Belgium since 2008. The UK venture will add an in-depth knowledge of the UK market to the services it currently offers.

Founded in Antwerp in 1853, DKT is combining its many years of experience in ship agency with a vast expertise in forwarding activities. "We hope that this collaboration opens the door for other ship agency opportunities in the near future," said Philip Van Tilburg, ceo of DKT.

SCI, India's largest shipping company, operates two services a week into the UK, both calling at the Port of Felixstowe in a vessel-sharing agreement, and geared up to handle over-dimensional cargoes

Last year, SCI's services carried a total of 41,000 teu in imports and exports into and out of the UK, and 25,000 teu into and out of Antwerp.