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Samskip adds Amsterdam link

[ January 29, 2021   //   ]

Samskip has introduced a direct service between Ireland and North Continental Europe with a new weekly sailing between Amsterdam and Dublin. It complements the existing Rotterdam-Cork-Waterford-Dublin-Belfast services by offering a new Monday night departure from the Continent to Ireland. Samskip also operates rail links via Duisburg to the rest of Continental Europe.

The shortsea operator says that the weekly connection will allow Irish importers to avoid post-Brexit hassles.

Samskip’s head of Ireland trade, Samskip, Thijs Goumans, said: “The Ireland-North Continent freight market is in a dynamic phase, and fixed day container services to/from Amsterdam provide the certainty on which supply chain managers serving the Dutch and German markets can base business growth,” Samskip would consider calls to connect other ports in Ireland to Amsterdam direct, he added.
Regional Director, Samskip Multimodal, Richard Archer, added: “Shortsea container services can once more prove themselves more than a match for ro-ro, particularly for products previously shipped to distributors in the UK then redistributed across the Irish Sea. Amsterdam is a high-performance port connecting straight into the hinterland area and the entire Samskip Ireland team is delighted by this new commitment to pan-European transport.”

The fixed day service departs from the TMA Terminal Amsterdam. TMA general manager, Michael van Toledo, said the rail links to Duisburg and TMA’s congestion-free road access offered a platform for growth in FMCG volumes into Ireland and pharma and dairy exports moving the other way, adding:. “It targets the greater appetite for direct North Continent services to Ireland post-Brexit, with TMA’s cross-docking winning over trailer operators in markets further south.”