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A new container route for the Port of Hull – the first connection of its kind

Richard Beales (left), UK Regional Director for Samskip and Simon Bird (right), Regional Director for ABP Humber welcome the first vessel to the Port of Hull

Associated British Ports (ABP) welcomed a new weekly service to its Port of Hull from the Port of Riga in Latvia and the Port of Helsinki in Finland.

Operated by Samskip it will connect Rotterdam, Helsinki, Riga, and Hull and has been launched in response to demand for a reliable short sea service from the Baltic Sea and a high level of customer care & reliability will be their trademark on this route.

The maiden voyage saw the first vessel arrive in the East Yorkshire port on 14 November and will offer a weekly service between these ports.

Simon Bird, Regional Director for the Humber ABP ports said: “We’re delighted that Samskip has launched this new route. This is a great addition for the market. The new service will give existing and new customers the opportunity to connect directly with the UK as Hull is ideally located for the east west corridor and access to the Midlands and the North.

“This major new trade link between northern Europe Baltic area and East Yorkshire adds an option for shippers looking to reduce their cost and carbon emission, which sits in with our Ready for Tomorrow vision.”

Richard Beales, UK Regional Director for Samskip said: “We are excited to have established Samskip’s first direct call from Finland and Latvia to the UK. This new dedicated short sea product offers our clients reliability of transit, coupled with the ability to help decarbonize their products journey to market. Our home port of Hull offers an ideally situated gateway for onwards delivery to the major hubs in the North and Midlands.”

Hull Container Terminal (HCT) and Immingham Container Terminal (ICT) are desirable locations for cargoes destined for the UK locations in the North and the Midlands. The Port of Hull is one of the leading ports for general cargo and is located two and a half hours from five of the UK’s largest cities.

Over £50 million pounds have been invested into the Humber container terminals including an automated gate entry system, new cranes, electric vehicles, and land expansion, which are preparing the ports for future growth without impacting productivity.

The Humber’s provision to serve the container sector goes from strength to strength. The extra space and equipment are evidence of the growing value the terminals have in the economic life of the North of England and the Midlands.

Samskip, a global logistics company, also operates a Humber based owned truck fleet and customs brokerage activities.