A vessel operating on the new scheduled service operated by the Samskip shipping company arrived in Cuxhaven for the first time on Wednesday, 21 August 2019. The weekly container traffic from Cuxhaven will also serve the Baltic Sea ports of Gdansk and Klaipėda for the first time, before the vessel heads for Oslo and other ports in western Norway.
The previous scheduled service between Hamburg and western Norway, which operated every nine days, has now been expanded to cover the Baltic area in response to customer requests and the growth in trade; it now serves the ports of Hamburg, Cuxhaven, Gdansk, Klaipėda, Oslo, Aarhus, Stavanger, Bergen, Holla, Ålesund and Måløy, before the vessel returns via Hamburg to Cuxhaven again.
The new scheduled service means an improved and plannable connection for overnight container traffic from Hamburg for the Cuxport terminal operator and port logistics expert. Oversized goods reach Cuxhaven from there on open containers, what are known as flat racks. They come from the Asian market and are heading via Hamburg to the wind industry at the German Offshore Industry Centre in Cuxhaven. The extended service from western Norway with refrigerated containers also offers plenty of potential for the fishing sector in Cuxhaven.
“By launching this new scheduled service within the Cuxport network, we are consolidating our position as a short-sea hub in the German part of the North Sea,” Roland Schneider, Head of Business Development at Cuxport, explained.
“This will enable us to connect a wide variety of short-sea markets between Scandinavia, Germany and the Baltic States with each other for the first time,”
Michael van Maurik, Liner Manager at Samskip Multimodal B.V., added.
The scheduled container service operated by Samskip will depart from Cuxhaven every Wednesday from now on. The two container vessels SAMSKIP COMMANDER and SAMSKIP CHALLENGER will alternately transport consumer goods from the Baltic Sea region to Norway. On their return journey, Norwegian fish products will be transported to Cuxhaven.
For 19 years, Cuxhaven has already been connected to Iceland and the Faroe Islands via a weekly scheduled container service by Samskip. Through the new Samskip service, reefer containers and fish products will now be connected to the Polish and Baltic market for the first time.
Cuxport GmbH operates a multi-functional handling terminal at the deepwater port of Cuxhaven. Cuxport not only offers extensive port handling facilities, but also has an ideal geographical location for all kinds of maritime traffic and the best possible links to destinations further inland. The company is a joint venture where Rhenus SE & Co. KG holds 74.9 percent of the shares and HHLA Container Terminals GmbH 25.1 percent. The Rhenus Group is a logistics services provider with global operations and annual turnover of EUR 5.1 billion. Rhenus has business sites at over 660 locations worldwide and employs more than 31,000 people. Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is one of the leading harbour logistics companies at the North Sea ports.