Samskip launches Spain-UK-Rotterdam shortsea service

Samskip launches new Spain - UK - Rotterdam service

Samskip has recently introduced a shortsea container service that links Santander, Tilbury and Rotterdam.

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

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 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 with 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.”

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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.”

In July 2023, Rotterdam Shortsea Terminals (RST) and shipping company Samskip, in partnership with the Port of Rotterdam Authority, put into service a shore-based power installation.

More recently, Samskip and Cochin Shipyard Ltd. commenced building on their next-generation zero-emission shortsea container vessel, the Samskip SeaShuttle.

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