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Samskip to connect Portugal and the UK direct

Logistic News - Published on Fri, 18 Oct 2019

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Lisa Westerhuis, Samskip Trade Manager Iberia, said that Samskip has launched a new direct weekly service connecting Portugal and the UK, introducing its own vessel to sustain links between Tilbury, Lisbon and Leixoes and its multimodal hub port of Rotterdam. The Netherlands-based group introduced a 1,000TEU container ship on charter from November 1. It will sustain a UK-Portugal transit times of five days, while continuing to offer four-times weekly services from Rotterdam to Leixoes and weekly to Lisbon via space booked with other carriers. The upgrade will allow Samskip to grow its Portugal-UK volumes by 30-40%. We have been building our multimodal presence in Portugal for over a decade through shortsea, rail and last mile road services. Now, Samskip is responding to growing UK-Portugal demand with its own ship: when new capacity is required, we seek solutions where reliability and efficiency is in our own hands.

Luis Paz da Silva, International Commercial Managing Director of Noatum Maritime Services, Samskip’s agency in Portugal, said 45ft length containers were proving key in persuading Portuguese importers and exporters to switch away from road haulage. “The 45-footer is especially competitive with trailers at distances of up to 200km from the ports, including cross-border,” he said, estimating that the 45ft market in Portugal today is four times what it was 10 years ago.

The last decade has seen Samskip build strong relations with Portuguese exporters to the UK, with food and drinks businesses a specific target for the new direct service. Southbound, the European Samskip multimodal network that feeds shortsea links out of Rotterdam was being boosted by Norwegian exports in transit after the integration of the company’s 2017 acquisition Nor Lines, said Paz da Silva.

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Fri, 18 Oct 2019
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