April 24 - Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has added Novorossiysk in Russia as an additional inducement port in its liner service from Japan, Korea, China and Southeast Asia to Europe.

The service provides customers in Asia with direct access to the Russian Black Sea region, and also has feeder operators serving two of WWL's regular East Mediterranean ports of Piraeus and Derince.

WWL will be handling various types of rolling and tracked equipment, as well as static and project cargo on Mafi trailers to Novorossiysk.

Novorossiysk is closer to markets in the south western part of Russia than the port of St Petersburg, which means that Novorossiysk has the ability to save costs and transportation time for customers sending cargo to south west Russia and other areas around the Caspian sea, said WWL.

WWL claims to be the first carrier in the deep sea ro-ro business to offer this additional port of entry, with an consistent feeder connection as well as inland transportation services from the port.