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Samskip introduces a new fixed day, weekly service between Rotterdam/Hamburg and Norway’s West Coast

  05.08.2010    

Samskip Multimodal Container Logistics will introduce a new weekly service linking the Netherlands with Norway’s West Coast. With this new service, the company offers direct calls between Rotterdam and Hamburg and the ports of Stavanger, Haugesund, Bergen and Ålesund in Norway. Using its own fleet of equipment, Samskip Multimodal Container Logistics provides this service on a door-to-door basis, whilst offering a quay-to-quay service for shippers’ owned containers.
With this addition, Samskip is extending its existing network to and from Norway significantly, as Caesar Luikenaar, Route Manager Norway Services at Samskip Multimodal Container Logistics, describes: 
“Adding the West Coast of Norway has been a logical decision for us. Until recently, Norway was being served via the main ports in the Oslofjord. Oncarriage to the West Coast was carried out through a combination of rail and road transport, resulting in additional transit time and cost.  
“With this new direct connection, we are offering direct calls on Norway’s West Coast that are very cost competitive and lead to faster and reduced transit times. Since the Oslofjord service had already been well established, it was obvious to expand the Norwegian network further. In addition to this geographical expansion, Samskip will also introduce 45ft containers to this market, enabling customers to switch from using trailer cargo to the more environmentally friendly transport method of waterborne 45ft containers.”  
Samskip’s new service will open up western Norway to the company’s unique pan-European network. Calling at both the RST and ECT terminals in Rotterdam, the port is being used as the main hub for the hinterland of Benelux, France and Germany and offers links to Samskip’s other multimodal and shortsea services to the UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Italy. The service will depart the end of the week to arrive in Norway early the week after. 
Caesar Luikenaar continues: 
“We have already started this service on a bi-weekly basis in June, but from the end of August we will be offering departures on a weekly basis to cater for increased demand during the fish season. Together with Frigocare (our coldstore in Alesund) and our partner Coolboxx, we will offer both 40ft and 45ft reefer units, which are ideal for fish and other fresh commodities. We can thus cater for reefer business to and from the North West Continent through Hamburg and Rotterdam but also create connections to the rest of our vast network thus covering Iberia, Ireland, UK etc”  
With its specialized and extensive fleet of flatrack equipment, Samskip Multimodal Container Logistics offers logistics solutions for the West-Norwegian off-shore and heavy industry markets. For shippers’ owned containers such as tank and bulk equipment, Samskip provides quay-to-quay services covering the entire network.


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