Samskip adds Waterford call and bigger ship to recently launched Amsterdam-Ireland lane

Samskip adds Waterford call and bigger ship to recently launched Amsterdam-Ireland lane

Posted: May 28 2021

Direct Ireland-Netherlands route realises advantages of border-free transit and new investments in container rail freight at both ends

Samskip has responded to growing demand for its recently launched weekly container service between Dublin and Amsterdam by introducing a larger, faster ship and adding a call at Port of Waterford. The expansion comes less than five months after the debut of Amsterdam as a service separate from Samskip’s Rotterdam-Ireland links.  

“We have experienced strong uptake for the direct route into Amsterdam’s network of rail, road and barge connections to major EU markets,” said Thijs Goumans, Head of Ireland Trade, Samskip. “As anticipated, customers linking to Ireland have been eager to avoid the post-Brexit hassles of UK distribution. Waterford can expect the same seamless connections.” 

 “Samskip rail links between TMA and Duisburg connect Irish importers and exporters to markets farther east,” he said. “Adding Waterford brings new opportunities for Irish exports in the northern Netherlands, Germany, Poland and beyond.”

The service upgrade sees the introduction of the 750TEU capacity container ship Edith, whose faster operating speed accommodates a call in Waterford after Dublin, and a weekend return to Amsterdam without any schedule disruption. Samskip’s Rotterdam-Ireland services are sustained separately by a pair of 800TEU vessels. 

“We are delighted by this expansion of Samskip’s Ireland service,” said Alma Prins-Droog, Head of Cargo & Offshore, Port of Amsterdam. Since its inauguration last January, TMA Logistics and Samskip have worked tirelessly to make this service a success. We will continue to actively work with our partners to ensure continued success. The Irish container market shows strong growth, and the addition of the Port of Waterford offers many new opportunities.”

Port of Waterford Chief Executive Frank Ronan said that the latest service development is built on a strong relationship between carrier and port, after a decade of calls by Samskip’s Ireland-Rotterdam services to Belview Container Terminal.

“The addition of a shortsea connection to Amsterdam by one of our leading service partners demonstrates the growth opportunities that exist in both directions for direct links between Ireland and other EU markets,” said Ronan.

He pointed out that news of the additional call coincides with an announcement from Iarnród Eireann and XPO Logistics of plans to launch a new twice-weekly unitised rail freight services across Ireland to connect Ballina in Co Mayo and Port of Waterford from June. This new rail link has the potential to switch over 5,000 truck movements a year to rail, in line with government decarbonisation plans.

“As the premier unitised facility in the south-east of Ireland, Waterford has capacity to handle more frequent direct lo-lo services into continental Europe, whether driven by local exports or rail freight containers moving across country,” said Ronan.