Samskip is upgrading its shortsea multimodal services between the UK and the Netherlands with the addition of direct connections between Amsterdam and Hull three times a week. Barge and rail services over Amsterdam will connect the shipping link with the European hinterland
The service starts in mid-March augments Samskip’s existing Rotterdam-Hull operation and runs alongside shortsea and multimodal services into Tilbury and Grangemouth.
Richard Beales, Trade Director UK, stated: “This new service broadens the scope of our fast, cost efficient and reliable multimodal services between the Continent and the UK giving a substantially enhanced customer value proposition and additional choice. Along with local opportunities, the Port of Amsterdam is well suited for cost efficient multimodal connections to and from most parts of Europe. Samskip will build out further new connections to/from Amsterdam representing a significant extension in reach for the continental multimodal services of Samskip connecting the UK.
"This expansion also aims at assisting our customers scenario plan for various versions of Brexit, where the multimodal concept in general can efficiently reduce border control delays, as it is less subject to the increasing driver shortages we are seeing in the market.”
The new service launch follows agreement between Samskip and TMA Logistics covering vessel calls at the Holland Cargo Terminal, which has an on-dock railhead with three 750m long intermodal rail tracks.
“Attracting Samskip to TMA Amsterdam makes plain the discrete appeal of Amsterdam in the UK-Netherlands route and will allow TMA Logistics to demonstrate its full range of value added handling, storage and distribution services," said Michael van Toledo of TMA Logistics. "We have done a lot to attract Samskip and we certainly hope and expect to expand business through this new arrangement including expanding multimodal links.”
“We are delighted to welcome Europe’s largest multimodal service provider to the Port of Amsterdam and to the new opportunities available to serve its customers by short sea, rail, inland barge and truck," said Femke Brenninkmeijer, Director Energy, Cargo & Offshore at the Port of Amsterdam.