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North Sea Container Line brings Norway closer to Europe 

    North Sea Container Line Metanol powered ships

    North Sea Container Line expands their Shortsea offerings, adds RST (Rotterdam Shortsea Terminal) to its existing network, and offers the market a quick and effective gateway to Europe.

    The new service will call RST every Sunday starting the 2nd of July and creates a reliable and effective door-to-door connection between Rotterdam and the West-, Mid-, and Northern ports of Norway.  To start its NCL´s service to Northern Norway calls at RST. Still, during the summer sailings, NCL South Norway service will add the RST to their Schedule so that the entire Norwegian coast can easily utilize the synergies achieved via the terminal, Europe’s largest short-sea terminal.

    We are happy to have NCL back in our portfolio. They provide a great addition to our overall network both from a called ports and frequency point of view. We see a lot of new possibilities to take more cargo onboard and via the RST system. NCL´s shortsea strategy, which is both sustainable and forward-thinking, fits perfectly with RST’s goals. 

    Jeroen Zwijnenburg, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Rotterdam Short Sea Terminals

    Collaboration with other container shipping companies to explore synergies can offer the market a more efficient and reliable transport of containers in and from Norway.  By calling the RST terminal, NCL connects with up to several daily trains across Europe, reducing the number of trucks on the roads.

    European logistics needs additional players to focus on intermodal solutions to reduce pressure on road networks. NCL’s zero-emissions strategy, Sea Change, reducing the customers’ climate emissions by 50% by 2025. We are currently building two new Methanol ships which will be fully operational by the end of 2024 is a central part of this thinking concludes Martin Torkelsen.

    Adding RST to our network is part of our long-term strategy for our shortsea product. We are part of a ‘Sea Change’ and face increasing demand for seamless, sustainable, and intermodal solutions. The RST network and connected suppliers open a new range of possibilities for our Norwegian market, and the possibility to move even more cargo from road to sea!

    Martin Torkelsen, Commercial Manager at North Sea Container Line

    We need to make Ship-, port operation, and land transport more efficient and cooperate as efficiently as possible. Regular calls at RST are a part of NCL’s strategy to support our customers’ sustainability targets up to 2030, says Martin Torkelsen, Commercial Manager at North Sea Container Line