ROTTERDAM: January 28, 2016. Container vessel operator Samskip has expanded its shortsea service network in Norway by adding Gjemnes as a 10th port of call.
Centrally located in the county of More and Romsdal, between oil and gas-related Kristiansund and salmon-rich Molde, the port of Gjemnes is well placed to cater for industry and consumers in the region, says the company. The port is also a flexible transhipment hub, handling significant numbers of coastal breakbulk and container vessel calls.
The multimodal solution provider describes the move as its latest strategic step to intensify Samskip's presence in the Nordic region and enhance efficiency, following the introduction of a larger capacity 657 TEU container vessel MV ALK into Norwegian west coast shortsea services in mid-2015.
“Narrow roads and limited infrastructure make trucking to and from the major Norwegian city of Ålesund, expensive, unsafe and environmentally unfriendly,” says Are Grathen, Samskip 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.”
The shortsea service connects the Gjemnes area directly into the Samskip European multimodal network as well as to major deepsea terminals for shipments worldwide.
Founded in Iceland in 1990 and now headquartered in the Netherlands, Samskip has an annual turnover of €580 million and employs 1,300 people in 24 countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia.
Samskip operations include three vessels to Iceland and the Faroe Islands from the UK, the European mainland and Scandinavia specializing in cold storage, project, dry and bulk cargoes.