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Samskip connects Scotland with Amsterdam

[ October 9, 2020   //   ]

Short-sea operator Samskip has added a call in Grangemouth to its existing Amsterdam/Hull service, with the introduction of a second vessel onto the route. The weekly rotation calls at Forth Ports-owned Grangemouth on Thursday. Forth Ports said cargoes expected to use the service included food, drink, paper and steel.

Samskip’s manager of sales and operations in Scotland Scott Montgomery said: “Customers have become accustomed to our reliability and the reach of our intermodal services deep into continental Europe. Now we take the next step, adding a second ship to improve our capacity, frequency and transit times to and from a number of key markets, in particular, Germany. We’re Brexit ready and our additional ship can help our customers make sure their supply chains are too.”

Grangemouth Port senior manager Derek Knox, added: “This call is a new alternative to existing supply chain solutions as the UK prepares to leave the EU on 31 December. These changes should both streamline supply chains and also contribute to our net zero targets as they will facilitate the transfer to short sea shipping routes as opposed to road transport.”

Pictures: Peter Devlin