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A lifeline between Gothenburg and Iceland

    The Samskip Endeavour, an 800TEU capacity containership which normally runs on traditional fuels, had the honour to kick-off the partnership by using sustainable biofuels in its recent sailings.

    The new service is now operational after a successful start-up phase involving Samskip and partners of the port of Gothenburg. Samskip will operate weekly from Gothenburg to Iceland. 

    The new service from Samskip is a vital supply channel for Icelandic imports, where everything from vehicles to consumer goods such as electronics, food, clothing, medicine, and furniture. The export will mainly consist of fish and fish products, which make up about 40 percent of the value of Iceland’s merchandise exports, as well as other important Icelandic export goods such as aluminum and ferrosilicon.

    APM Terminals Port of Gothenburg
    Photo: Port of Gothenburg

    The Gothenburg loop covers the following destinations; Gothenburg-Aarhus-Runavik-Reykjavik-Grundartangi-Vestmannaeyjar-Runavik-Rotterdam-Cuxhaven-Gothenburg. The new container line, will strengthen the port’s growing liner network. The service will depart Gothenburg every week and sail to Faroese Runavik and Reykjavik in Iceland, arriving in Rotterdam four days later.  

    The traffic is now underway, and the start-up phase has worked well thanks to good cooperation between Samskip and the partners at the port. It is gratifying that we can now offer Iceland and the Faroe Islands the total range of destinations for the port’s customers.
    Jacob Minnhagen, Senior Business Developer at the Gothenburg Port Authority

    -The Port of Gothenburg is about 160 nautical miles by sea (converts to approx. 300 km) away from the Port of Oslo by land, about the same distance as Oslo – Kristiansand, which are also part of Samskip’s route network. Thus, the new service in Gothenburg increases the service offered to/from Norway as well as to and from Sweden and thus links Norway & Sweden even closer to the markets in the Faroe Islands and Iceland, respectively, as well as the continent, says Regional Director in Norway & Sweden for Samskip, Are Gråthen.

    Also, read: A new container line connects the Port of Gothenburg with Iceland

    We are happy that this solution has come into place, and we see clear gains from calling at APM Terminals in Gothenburg. We look forward to offering our customers the extensive rail network from APM Terminals Gothenburg to the Swedish hinterland. Shipping in combination with rail is the most climate-efficient way to transport containers, and sustainability is one of the most important foundations of our business.
    Kenn Mellgren, Operations Manager at Samskip

    About Samskip

    Samskip is a Dutch logistics company focusing on intra-European traffic within multiple modes of transport. Founded in Iceland in 1990, their head office is now in Rotterdam. Since its start in 1990, the business has grown continuously with a network that spans 26 countries. For Iceland, Samskip account for the transport of approximately 40 percent of the country’s total foreign trade.