Samskip adds short-sea services
Samskip has upgraded Nor Lines’ multi-purpose cargo and reefer short-sea services connecting North Sea and Baltic ports to Norway, in order to meet rising demand and increase capacity and frequency.
The company has expanded its capacity on the three-ship Nor Lines service between Baltic ports and Norway to four vessels, although the combined service will be split into two pairs of vessels.
Each vessel will be equipped with reefer/palletised and deck space and a 50 tonne heavily lift crane capacity.
Samskip aims to meet the rising demand for reefer and project cargo services southbound and increase capacity for conventional and project cargoes northbound along the Norwegian coast and beyond to Murmansk.
One pair will connect northern Norway with German and Dutch ports and will focus on frozen fish/project cargoes southbound and palletised/project cargoes northbound.
Through this service, the company aims to offer port combination flexibility, with norther Norway, and Murmansk and Archangelsk in Russia accessible direct from Germany and the Netherlands.
The other ship pair will serve importers and exporters in Danish and Polish ports, connecting with Western Norway in the Fredrikstad-Tromsø range.
It will call weekly northbound and prioritise south bound calls for reefer cargo volumes.
Nor Lines has also added a new call at the Dutch port of Velsen to its multipurpose liner service connecting the Netherlands to Western, Mid and Northern Norway weekly.
The port’s Klosoterboer Velsen BV terminal is a centre for cold cargo storage and distribution which offers effective shortsea links to the UK or Portugal. Samskip expects the addition to attract northbound palletised and project cargoes.
The Nor Lines Netherlands-Norway multipurpose liner service is maintained by two 122 teu LNG-powered vessels Kvitbjørn and Kvitnos with 1,500 tonens of reefer space, 1,500 m of ro-ro capacity and heavy lift capacity.
Caeser Luikenaar, Samskip trade director for Norway, said: “Taken together, this revised service structure adds significant capacity and flexibility for those doing business in Norway, strengthening Nor Lines’ in the dry and project cargo, seafood and palletized segments.”
He added: “One major outcome is that Nor Lines will be calling at Klaipedia, Gdansk and Velsen on a regular basis, serving the gateway Northwest European and Baltic seafood ports in an optimal way.
“We will also offer the flexibility of request calls at Cuxhaven and Eemshaven, delivering capacity throughout seasonal peaks while increasing our support overall for northern Norwegian fisheries.”