ROTTERDAM: April 22, 2018. Nor Lines, a subsidiary of European short-sea operator Samskip, is adding Rotterdam to its weekly multipurpose liner service that connects Western, Mid and Northern Norway.

The service that begins June 01 is operated by Nor Lines’ LNG-fuelled vessels MV Kvitnos and MV Kvitbjorn, that have 1,500 lane square meters of RoRo capacity, space for 122 TEU plus 1,500 tons of reefers in the lower holds, and incorporate a heavylift crane.

Nor Lines The ships will sail in 14-day loops connecting Rotterdam and Eemshaven with Hammerfest in the far north of Norway plus Sandnes/Tananger, Bergen, Trondheim, Ålesund, Bodo and Tromso.

Samskip already offers three times weekly cellular container services  connecting Rotterdam, Bremerhaven and Hamburg to the West Coast of Norway.

“Adding Rotterdam to the schedule truly brings something new to services connecting Norwegian ports into Samskip’s pan-European multimodal network,” said Caesar Luikenaar, Samskip Trade director Norway. “Nor Lines provides the only scheduled service offering RoRo capacity and heavy lift capacity to handle 80-ton loads that connects to ports north of Trondheim.

“We see major potential for growth in oil and gas project cargoes, breakbulk, and industrial rolling cargo loads whilst also extending Samskip’s commercial containerized network directly to North Norway,” he added.

Luikenaar said the new service would allow a more flexible approach to serve current and new ports for the seafood industry such as Cuxhaven, Eemshaven and Velsen. “This will allow Nor lines to take more advantage of the seasonal peaks but also create a better reach in the north of Norway to serve most fish ports and factories,’’ he continued.

In Rotterdam the new port call will use the SCA Logistics terminal with its focus on multipurpose vessels, RoRo, breakbulk and containers handling.

Delivered to Nor Lines in 2015, the 5,000 DWT vessels run Bergen LNG-only engines from Rolls-Royce and combined with a power-optimizing hybrid shaft generator and an innovative wave-piercing hull can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 40 percent over similar diesel- powered vessels, says the company.