Ian Diaper from Portsmouth International Port and Wightlink Business Development Account Manager Travis Cooper

Wightlink is offering haulage companies the opportunity to deliver goods to and from the Isle of Wight in a more flexible way by using its new ‘drop trailer’ system.

By arrangement, lorry drivers delivering to the Island can drop off their trailers securely at Portsmouth International Port (PIP) at the entrance to the city and they will be moved to Wightlink’s car ferry terminal in Gunwharf Road for later shipment. Island-based freight companies taking goods to the mainland can also leave their trailers at PIP and return to base by the next available sailing.

“We are responding to requests from our freight customers who would like more flexibility in their deliveries,” explains Business Development Director Clive Tilley. “Trailers will be transported at agreed times, leaving drivers free to carry out other deliveries.”

Wightlink is working with partners Paul Davis Freight Services Ltd (PDFS) on this initiative.

PDFS Chief Executive Andy Jehan says: “We have been shipping goods to the Isle of Wight since 1979 and are delighted to team up with Wightlink to offer our clients an enhanced and flexible service.”

Ian Diaper, Portsmouth International Port’s Head of Operations adds: “As the Harbour Authority we’re glad to be in a position to support Wightlink across two port sites, the Camber and the international port.”

“This is a vital opportunity to help provide a more sustainable and efficient way to transport freight, reducing impact on the roads and also a more convenient operation for lorry drivers.”