More traffic from Amsterdam to Ireland
Brexit is still taking its toll – which is an advantage for shipments between Ireland and the Netherlands, which guarantee border-free transit.
The shortsea shipping line Samskip, founded in Iceland in 1990 and currently in Dutch hands, is enhancing its recently-launched weekly container service between Dublin and Amsterdam, by introducing another vessel and adding a call at the Irish port of Waterford.
The expansion comes less than five months after the start of the Amsterdam service as a separate addition to Samskip’s Rotterdam–Ireland links.
Thijs Goumans, Samskip’s head of Ireland trade, said that “customers linking to Ireland have been eager to avoid the post-Brexit hassles of UK distribution, as we anticipated. Waterford can expect the same seamless connections.”
The service upgrade sees the introduction of the 750 teu capacity container ship ‘Edith’, whose faster operating speed accommodates a call in Waterford after Dublin without any schedule disruption. Samskip’s Rotterdam–Ireland services are operated separately by a pair of 800 teu vessels. (cd)