Port switch for Samskip smoothens connections but slows down fish

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 10 Jul 2018

Icelandic shipping line Samskip is consolidating its operations on the Humber, switching ports from Immingham to Hull.

It will unify a European logistics network, with the Iceland call adding to the 100,000 container units it moves through the North Bank, but add more road miles to vital cargo seafood, destined for Grimsby.

The decision, which comes into effect on Monday, July 16, makes Hull the second largest port behind Rotterdam for the Reykjavik-based  team. 

Read more: Baltics a blast as Immingham adds to container freight frequency

Guðmundur Þór Gunnarsson, Samskip Iceland’s chief operating officer, said: “The Port of Hull offers its clients excellent service and facilities, to our customers' benefit. The relocation means shortened stay in port for our ships, which translates to better services to our customers.”

There are no changes in respect to reception of general cargo, or warehouse placement. 

“The only change the relocation brings our customers is better service,” Mr Gunnarsson said. “Everything else remains unchanged.” 

Together with rival Eimskip, Samskip has long been a carrier of seafood from the North Atlantic nation to the Humber, and it will mean additional final miles for the seafood destined for the market or processors. 

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

Martyn Boyers, chief executive of market-operator Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises Ltd, said: “It is an operational change for Samskip, and the company has an obligation to send the containers the same. It should be seamless, and we shouldn’t notice any difference, so the impact should be minimal.” 

Simon Dwyer, secretariat for Grimsby Fish Merchants’ Association, is a former employee of Samskip and is now also a key figure with cluster body Seafood Grimsby & Humber. He said: “Samskip is a professional company and has been operating from Iceland for many, many years. We expect it to have minimal impact.”  

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