Transport company Samskip is introducing a liner service between Amsterdam and Hull, England. With effect from mid-March, a container ship will sail between the two locations three times a week and the carrier will provide additional multimodal transport services to the hinterland by inland navigation, rail and road links.
The launch of the new liner service is the result of an agreement between Samskip and TMA Logistics, which ensures that vessel calls by Samskip are handled at Holland Cargo Terminal, the strategically located facility of TMA Logistics at Amsterdam's Amerikahaven. This terminal has three 750-metre long tracks which can be efficiently linked to the rail network and major hinterland connections.
The new service departs from Amsterdam on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The service is an important addition to Samskip's short-sea connections between Rotterdam and Hull and between Rotterdam and Tilbury and Grangemouth in the UK.
Enhanced logistics hub
The importance of Amsterdam as a hub for transhipping is increasing thanks to the new connection. Particularly to and from the northern and eastern Netherlands, the Port of Amsterdam is a growing logistics hub that economically and efficiently provides multimodal services. From an international perspective, the new short-sea service will fit well with the increasing demand for capacity from the market. As a result, the new liner service is a supplement to initiatives such as the new Silk Road, a rail connection with China. The first train for this route will leave the Port of Amsterdam next week.
Femke Brenninkmeijer, director of Energy, Cargo & Offshore of Port of Amsterdam, is pleased with the arrival of Samskip to Amsterdam and with the efforts of TMA Logistics for setting up this service together with Samskip. “Amsterdam's location, its extensive hinterland connections and our joint commitment to logistics partners benefits the region, the European industry and consumers. This is not only because of the increasing transport and transhipment volume, but also because goods are transported as sustainably as possible in this way. That is why this development is excellent news for the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.”
Part of Brexit scenarios
Samskip confirmed that both Port of Amsterdam and TMA Logistics have put a great deal of energy into obtaining the liner service. It offers an extra dimension to Samskip's sustainable transport solutions for a range of intermodal cargo and containers. According to Samskip’s Trade Director UK, Richard Beales, this expansion is also intended to prepare customers for the different Brexit scenarios. “The multimodal concept can generally reduce border controls and is less reliant on the growing shortage of truck drivers,” said Beales. Samskip offers 8 sailings per week from Rotterdam/Amsterdam to Hull. The terminal operators guarantee quick processing times for ships, trains and trucks.
Michael van Toledo from TMA Logistics expects TMA’s business to grow further with the agreement and significantly expand the multimodal connections. “The creation of this liner service clearly showcases Amsterdam’s appeal as a connection between the Netherlands and England. As far as we are concerned, it highlights that TMA Logistics is prepared to offer a full range of services when it comes to handling, storage and distribution.”
Samskip provides sustainable multimodal transport solutions via short-sea, rail, inland navigation and road. Its aims include cost-efficiency, operational excellence and best practice in sustainable transport. Samskip’s frequent services connect many European destinations; from Scandinavia, the Baltic States and Russia to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Southern Europe and Turkey. This includes house-to-house and terminal-to-terminal services, which use a wide variety of own ships, trains, containers, trucks and trailers. To meet customer requirements, Samskip has ISO containers and reefers including 45-ft containers that are ideal for 33 pallets. In all cases, shipping companies can make the perfect choice based on the frequency of the service, the transit times, freight tariffs and sustainability.
About Port of Amsterdam
Port of Amsterdam is Western Europe’s fourth largest port and plays a major role in the transhipment and processing of energy products. The North Sea Canal Area transhipped approximately 100 million tonnes of goods in 2017, with Port of Amsterdam accounting for approximately 81 million tonnes of this amount. A total of 69,779 people work in the port region either at companies in the port or at port-related companies. Approximately 32,461 of these people work in Amsterdam. Port of Amsterdam is committed to being a smart port and to adding value for customers and the environment in a sustainable and innovative manner. It seeks to promote growth at companies, while still taking a careful approach to the available space and the quality of water, soil and air. As 'Port of Partnerships', Port of Amsterdam works intensively with partners in the business community, city and region. Visit www.portofamsterdam.com for more information.