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AMSTERDAM: October 19, 2018. Samskip launched direct rail services between Melzo, Italy and Amsterdam this week. The move builds rail capacity between the Netherlands and Italy to nine block trains a week and adds a new multimodal routing option for shortsea services to Hull.

Officially launched on October 17, the connection sees trains depart from Melzo east of Milan three times a week and unloaded at TMA Logistics' Holland Cargo Terminal (HCT) 24 hours later.

clickAs well as avoiding the driver delays increasingly affecting European road transport, arrivals in Amsterdam coincide with Samskip shortsea departures to Hull, creating a seamless multimodal option to minimise post-Brexit border control issues.

The new rail link is in addition to six times weekly train services connecting Melzo and Rotterdam, which will maintain their frequency in order to coordinate with shortsea services connecting to the UK ports of Tilbury, Hull and Grangemouth plus Ireland, Norway, Scandinavia and the Baltic States.

Adding rail capacity along a key unitised freight route demonstrates Samskip’s commitment to enhancing the competitiveness of its UK-Italy multimodal offer as the reality of Brexit approaches, said Samskip UK Trade Manager, David Besseling.

“Samskip now offers ten sailings per week connecting Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Antwerp with Hull,” said Besseling. “Connecting the Port of Amsterdam with rail services to/from Italy three times a week puts a new pillar in place to support our fast, cost-efficient and reliable multimodal services between the Continent and the UK.”

Southbound trains will depart from Amsterdam on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays, with the same locomotive providing traction all the way to Melzo, in an extension of the agreement between Samskip and Swiss rail company BLS covering Rotterdam. At Melzo, services connect to Padova and Bari.

Femke Brenninkmeijer (pictured), Port of Amsterdam director Energy, Cargo & Offshore added: “Port of Amsterdam is delighted to add this new train connection from Samskip, which contributes to our intermodal strategy and adds significant options for our clients. The service strengthens our short-sea connections and confirms Amsterdam port’s capabilities and position as a logistical and multimodal European hub.”

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