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Samskip continues network expansion with new Spain-UK-Rotterdam service

Samskip continues network expansion with new Spain-UK-Rotterdam service

Samskip is set to launch a shortsea container service connecting Santander, Tilbury and Rotterdam, delivering the service reliability, security and sustainability advantages of intermodal transport to customers throughout Spain, supported by dedicated local customer support.

The new service launches from Rotterdam on Tuesday 2 April, offering customers a weekly Spain-Tilbury-Rotterdam shortsea option that remains highly cost competitive against road-ferry alternatives while providing greater reliability and substantially lower CO2 emissions per tonne mile.

As experts in Multimodal and Intermodal planning logistics, Samskip has a strong local presence in Rotterdam and the UK, and with the addition of newly opened office in Bilbao Spain is set up to support the recently launched service from Santander-Dublin-Liverpool.

 Ólafur Orri Ólafsson, Head of Network Optimization & Iberia Trade, said: “This new service connecting Northern Spain to the London economic area and the logistics hub of Rotterdam will provide a significantly enhanced reliable service for our customers, compared to what exists today in the Bay of Biscay.

“Calling at the new BMT Santander terminal, which is located inside the natural bay of the Port of Santander, gives us a great advantage along the notoriously stormy northern coast, as the terminal is protected and able to operate continuously, even in very high winds. At Samskip, we are working tirelessly to make sure our customers receive the highest level of service for their cargoes traveling in and out of the Iberian Peninsula.”

Javier Fontaneda, Country Customer Experience Manager, Samskip S.L., said: “With this new service, we as Samskip are expanding our Scope in the UK, being able to offer both East and West coast service for our customers.

“At the same time, we offer a direct connection from Santander to Rotterdam, and are able to use Rotterdam as a transshipment port to connect our services to the rest of Europe.  This is another step forward towards our aim to give customers a better Door/Door service to the UK and Europe.”

Photo = Samskip Courier sails up the River Thames, near Gravesend, en route from Rotterdam Quay to Tilbury.

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