Samskip has expanded its shortsea service network in Norway with Kristiansund and Molde by adding Gjemnes as its 10th port of call. The multimodal solution provider describes the move as its latest strategic step to intensify Samskip’s presence in the Nordic region and enhance efficiency. It follows on from the introduction of the larger capacity 657 TEU container vessel MV ALK into Norwegian West Coast shortsea services in mid-2015.
Centrally located in the county of More and Romsdal, between oil & gas- and salmon-rich Kristiansund and Molde, the port of Gjemnes is well placed to cater for industry and consumers in the region. The port is also a flexible transhipment hub, handling significant numbers of coastal breakbulk and container vessel calls.
“Narrow roads and limited infrastructure make trucking to and from the major Norwegian city of Ålesund, expensive, unsafe and environmentally unfriendly,” says Are Grathen, General Manager Norway. “With a fixed weekly Tuesday departure ex Rotterdam to the port of Gjemnes and a Saturday arrival and departure from Gjemnes, Samskip offers a reliable alternative for the region. Moreover, from Gjemnes it is the shortest available lead time (50 hours).
The shortsea service connects the Gjemnes area directly into the Samskip European multimodal network as well as to major deepsea terminals for shipments worldwide. The service is open to all types of intermodal loading units such as 45ft containers, reefers, tank containers and bulk containers.
Samskip operates one of Europe’s largest multimodal container logistics systems. The Samskip network has the flexibility to move containers door-to-door between over 30 countries from the United Kingdom and Ireland to Russia, Scandinavia, Poland, the Baltic States, Finland and Iceland in the north to Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Greece, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia in Southern and Central Europe.
Samskip offers a wide range of routing options, utilising road, rail, sea and inland waterways as appropriate to provide the best combination of rate and transit time to suit individual customer requirements and preferences. It has over 13,000 containers at its disposal, ranging from 20ft to 45ft pallet-wide high cube containers including reefers, curtain-siders and flat-racks.