• 2018 December 6 15:38

    Samskip's investments secure supply chain against Brexit

    Two years of pre-Brexit investment in North Sea container shipping services is proving decisive in winning shippers away from cross-Channel ferry routes at a critical time for UK-EU relations, according to leading multimodal operator Samskip, the company said in a press release.

    With many questions remaining over the exact nature of the future EU-UK trading relationship, Samskip says that regular, reliable and cost competitive container services are a key element in planning for the future.

    The company recently scaled up sailings between Hull and Benelux ports to 11 per week, adding to its existing three calls per week into Tilbury and a weekly call into Grangemouth. Container volumes are growing quickly to fill the extra capacity.

    Samskip's Brexit preparations began in early 2017, with the introduction of larger tonnage on its Rotterdam-UK routes. Preparation accelerated in 2018 to include the launch of a new three-times a week Amsterdam-Hull service and a separate twice weekly link between Antwerp and Hull to offer an additional UK-destined containerised solution to the markets of Belgium and Northern France.

    This enhanced containerised shortsea capability integrates with the largest multimodal network in Europe, connecting into Norway, Iberia and the Baltic, to inland barge services, and rail connections throughout the EU and beyond. Samskip recently supplemented its six times weekly rail service between Rotterdam and Melzo (Milan) by launching new regular rail connections between Italy and Amsterdam, opening up new routes, new connectivity and further strengthening containerised links between the Continent and the UK.

    “Three continental ports and three UK East coast ports, plus Samskip's separate dedicated Irish services, linked to deep reaching rail and barge services into Europe offer a diversity of routes to defray current and future transportation risks,” says Foulds.

    He also contrasts Samskip's strategic approach with post-Brexit risks associated with ferry-based trucking. “Lack of space at UK ferry ports introduces the prospect of delays and trucking queues returning as goods are customs cleared. This influences where drivers want to work at a time when there is already a Europe-wide shortage of drivers. It's a real concern to our customers.” Samskip has verified that its UK port operations have ample capacity to cope with longer clearance processes, he adds.

    “The viable reach of trailers is already shrinking and Brexit has accelerated the process on routes between the UK and Sweden, Italy and the Czech Republic. A round trip between the Czech Republic and a UK destination occupies a driver for a week; a driver picking up in Hull could make 6-7 deliveries to Manchester per week. Samskip's three-port strategy in the UK also minimises truck miles and reduces carbon emissions.”

    Brexit is sharpening the focus on Samskip's traditional advantages of scale and security, a feature underpinned by its established status as an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO). However, to meet growing demand, Samskip is also broadening its logistics offering, with cross-docking services in Amsterdam able to consolidate part-loads inside the port, bringing more flexibility to the multimodal option.




2019 June 27

14:53 Shanghai, China to host Intermodal Asia 2020 on March 17-19
14:28 Hamburg Messe to host Intermodal Europe 2019 on November 5-7
14:05 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from the Mediterranean to Mexico East Coast
13:51 GTT receives an order from Jiangnan Shipyard for the design of 5 container ships’ LNG fuel tanks
13:16 Sovcomflot participates in Marine Money Week 2019
12:44 Mediation starts at National Mediator’s office between Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, Industri Energi and SAFE
12:22 WMU-Koji Sekimizu PhD Fellowship on Maritime Governance launched officially
12:00 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from the Mediterranean to USEC and USGULF
11:38 Equinor and OMV sign two MoU to cooperate in the Barents Sea and in the Norwegian Sea
11:17 Singapore to host International Chemical and Oil Pollution Conference and Exhibition (ICOPCE) on 21-24 October 2019
10:56 Vympel Shipyard launched hydrographic survey vessel of Project 19910, Nikolay Skosyrev, built for RF Navy
10:35 Equinor signs sand screen services contracts with Tendeka AS and Baker Hughes Norge AS
10:13 Gasum’s Coralius reaches bunkering milestone in Rotterdam bunkering ship-to-ship
09:51 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.46% to $65.39, Light Sweet Crude – fell by 0.49% to $59.09
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09:32 Neptune Energy confirmes its development plans for the Duva and Gjøa P1 projects in the North Sea
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,317 points
08:22 Colombo Dockyard delivers cable laying vessel built for Kokusai Cable Ship

2019 June 26

18:31 Dolphin Drilling business completes financial restructuring and appoints new management team
18:11 Jacobs wins contract to help build the largest shipyard in the Arabian Gulf
18:09 Senior officials from Kenya Coast Guard Services are undergoing training at national workshop in Mombasa
17:52 LUKOIL commissions two wells at V. Filanovsky field
17:30 Term of office of Sergey Baryshnikov, Rector of Makarov University, extended for 5 years
17:06 Saudi Aramco signs 12 agreements with South Korean partners worth billions of dollars
16:41 Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam completes major maintenance programme on OSV Deep Arctic
16:23 Nordic Engineering wins competition on development of technical design for 6-8 MW icebreaker
15:49 50 Let Pobedy icebreaker returned to Murmansk after its 50th voyage to North Pole
15:35 OOCL chooses Navis Stowage Planning Software StowMan for its container ship fleet
14:52 MacGregor works together with MSC to maximise performance and reduce emissions
14:50 IMO celebrates 30 years of outstanding legal training
14:26 North Sea Port conducts quay-inspection test using underwater robot from Asset.Insight.
14:03 Damen Shiprepair & Conversion signs contract on the conversion of a dredger ‘Samuel de Champlain’
13:52 EU NAVFOR Somalia takes part in Ministerial Conference on Maritime Security in Western Indian Ocean and Plenary Session of CGPCS
13:24 Sergey Larionov elected as General Director of Lena United River Shipping Company
12:51 Igor Tonkovidov elected as Chairman of Novoship BoD
12:27 Port of Rotterdam Authority to invest over 3.5 million euros to optimise the Wilhelminahaven
12:00 Nevsky Shipyard certified in “Military Register” Voluntary Certification System
11:58 Closing of MacGregor's TTS acquisition postponed to Q3 2019
11:35 Russia's Main Department of State Expertise approved project on development of bunkering base at commercial seaport of Murmansk
10:57 Yamal LNG shipped first LNG cargo to Japan
10:18 Brent Crude futures price is up 1.42% to $65.19, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.94% to $58.95
09:59 IAPH South East Asia and Oceania Region meets in Kuala Lumpur in August
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09:33 Bunker prices increase at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,280 points

2019 June 25

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15:15 NCSP Group announced decisions made at annual general shareholders' meeting
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14:20 ABP King’s Lynn investment attracts new construction industry customer
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12:59 ECSA celebrates the Day of the Seafarer
12:47 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:58 Fuel technologies in the spotlight at ABS Hellenic Technical Committee
11:39 Dickson obtains status of international port
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