Samskip vessel, source: Samskip

New multimodal service connects Norway and Baltic countries

Dutch logistics company Samskip has launched a new container shipping service connecting several ports of Norway with counterparts in the Baltic Sea. This line provides shippers and forwarders with a new multimodal solution across Northern Europe. 

The new service started on 16 August. It is served by two geared container vessels with a 220-TEU capacity. The line includes the ports of Norway (Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen, Maloy, Alesund, Holla), Denmark (Aarhus), Germany (Hamburg, Cuxhaven), Poland (Gdansk) and Lithuania (Klaipeda). Thus, the new service connects several important maritime hubs in Europe. For instance, the ports of Hamburg and Gdansk have well-developed hinterland connections by rail, including those linking to China.

“Customers demanding reliable transit times and any kind of transport requirements for business between the Baltic region, Poland and Norway, can now be perfectly served by this new complementary product. It brings something new to existing services connecting Norwegian and Baltic ports into Samskip’s pan-European multimodal network,” said Michael van Maurik, Trade Manager Norway.

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Samskip line between Norway and Baltic countries, source: Samskip

Samskip line between Norway and Baltic countries, source: Samskip.

Key features

According to Samskip, the new line has several distinct features. The first one is the seamless connection between Norway and the Baltics with weekly sailings. The other option is the fixed two-week schedule: on Tuesdays the vessels depart from Hamburg, on Wednesdays from Cuxhaven, on Fridays from Gdansk, on Saturdays from Klaipeda, on Mondays from Oslo, on Tuesdays from Aarhus, on Thursdays from Stavanger/Bergen, on Fridays from Holla, on Saturdays from Alesund and on Sundays from Maloy.

The third feature is the connection between Oslo and the harbours in Western Norway. The new line is also coupled with other services that make available the link with Iceland and Faroe Islands via Cuxhaven and Aarhus. It could also provide a deep-sea feeder link via the port of Hamburg. Moreover, Samskip’s Norway-Baltic service is also accessible for carrying frozen seafood. There are 85 plugs for reefer containers on the vessels.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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