Samskip extends rail network by joining APM Terminals Gothenburg
Samskip is adding the APM Terminals Gothenburg to their network to improve their rail freight offers from the port of Gothenburg to the Swedish hinterland. Moreover, Samskip’s presence in the terminal will allow them to start short-sea services between Scandinavia’s largest port and the rest of Europe.
The kick-off date has been set for 5 April 2023, from when Samskip will start calling weekly at APM Terminals’ renovated quay, adapted specifically to boost short-sea traffic. From the port, ships will sail to Aarhus, Runavik (in the Faroe Islands), Reykjavik, and finally reach Rotterdam after four days of sailing. Kenn Mellgren, operations manager at Samskip, pointed out that the company is ready to embrace combined sea-rail transport, considered “by far the most climate-efficient way of transporting containers”.
The port of Gothenburg is increasing its rail modal share
The port of Gothenburg is increasingly receiving freight trains. In 2022, for example, TEUs moved by trains in the port grew by 12 per cent. Already in 2022, the port of Gothenburg was planning to add new destinations to its network. This new partnership between APM Terminals and Samskip may be a step in this direction.
“This year’s growth resulted from long-distance services and increased short-distance rail operations. However, the biggest growth is evident in traffic to and from Northern Sweden,” explained the port. The port’s growth concerning rail freight can also be attributed to more industries flourishing in the Swedish North which require more and better transportation services.
Samskip’s plans to boost sea-rail transport in Europe
Samskip’s initiative to join APM Terminals in the port of Gothenburg is not the first company’s initiative to boost sea-rail transport. In December 2022, for example, Samskip collaborated with Rotterdam Shortsea Terminals (RST) and Rail Service Center Rotterdam (RSC) to make the two terminals more efficient. “RST needs high-performance rail links and RSC needs short-sea traffic. Together, we have focused on the shunt to make sure units reach the ship or train they are booked for”, said Samskip back then.
Capacity – and utilisation – of railway infrastructure, now has to be added!
Both, the two, by far safest and most energy effective modes, shall be benefitted of!
A pity, it is, that railways, now devastatingly, is short of resiliency, of robustness – thereby Bottleneck – and even worse, a low quality…
(All other modes, those robust, decisively upgrade, for added load and lower costs – and accordingly handsomely are rewarded – by willingly paying clients!)