In response to the growing demand for its recently launched weekly container service between Dublin and Amsterdam, Samskip has introduced a larger, faster ship with an added port call at Waterford. This addition has come within five months after the launch of Amsterdam as a separate service from their existing Rotterdam-Ireland links.
Monday night departures from TMA Terminal Amsterdam for arrival in Dublin on Wednesday complement Samskip’s existing Rotterdam-Ireland shortsea services and for Irish exporters, the weekend return to Amsterdam has also proved a key attraction.
With this upgrade to the service, the 750TEU capacity container ship Edith has been introduced whose faster operating speed accommodates a call in Waterford after the Dublin 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. This development highlights the position of the port of Amsterdam as a short sea hub, offering shippers efficient and reliable connections between Ireland and the European hinterland. We will continue to work with our partners to ensure success. The Irish container market shows strong growth, and the addition of the port of Waterford offers many new opportunities.”
Michael van Toledo, General Manager, TMA Logistics added: “Every week there has been a faster uptake of vessel slots on this route, demonstrating that the Amsterdam-Ireland link is a response to demand that was already there.”