New thrice-weekly service to link Hull and Amsterdam as container traffic booms

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 Mar 2018

A NEW service offering three sailings a week between Amsterdam and Hull has been announced, and comes on the back of significant investment in the Humber container terminals over the past year.

The additional North Sea crossings, from Samskip, will bring an extra 30,000 containers a year through the Port of Hull – the third largest short sea container port on the east coast.

It will complement the existing connection of five sailings per week and will take effect from mid-March departing on Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays. It also offers Brexit protection, with multi-modal access, according to the provider.

ABP Humber director, Simon Bird, said: “The fact that Samskip has chosen Hull to expand their service is a testament to our expert operations, ongoing investment in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and our commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service. 

“We’re delighted to support Samskip's new service between Hull and Amsterdam. Our multi-user container terminals in Hull and Immingham are ready to facilitate further expansion in container services linking the UK and the continent. We look forward to continuing to welcome new partners in the future to cement the Humber's key role in providing resilient and efficient transport solutions for UK-EU trade.”

Container business on the Humber is booming with an increase of 23 per cent in the last year. 

ABP has committed to investing £50 million on its Humber container terminals and as part of that, last month, Hull welcomed two ship-to-shore £10.5 million cranes. This will enable it to handle double the capacity of containers – some 400,000 per year. They will become fully operational by the beginning of April to further capacity for the wider market.

The service will also offer customers access to barge and rail systems connecting the European hinterland to Amsterdam.

 It will complement Samskip's existing Rotterdam-Hull operation and runs alongside short sea and multimodal services into Tilbury and Grangemouth.
Richard Beales, Samskip's UK trade director, said: "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, the strategically-located facility which features three 750m intermodal rail tracks directly on the sea terminal.

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