European transport group Samskip has broadened its Baltic operations by acquiring shortsea specialist Sea Connect. Acquisition of the Baltic shortsea operator extends regional links into Samskip’s pan-European multimodal network.
The Klaipeda-based shipping company, Sea Connect AB, to be renamed Samskip Sea Connect, offers shortsea services connecting Russia, Lithuania, Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands.
This acquisition strengthens our position in Russia, in the Netherlands, and across a range of key Baltic ports in between.
Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, Chief Executive Officer, Samskip
-Sea Connect has emerged as an exceptionally lean, robust operation, offering reliability in quay-to-quay and door-to-door services, says Laaksonen.
Experts have predicted strong growth for the feeder networks in the coming years as the major carriers concentrate on larger vessels serving hub destinations.
Sea Connect operates three container vessels calling twice a week at St. Petersburg and Rotterdam, weekly at Hamburg, and Aarhus sub inducement.
Samskip, which maintains a broad network primarily serving Europe, Scandinavia, and Iceland, has been working on expanding its operations in the Baltic further.
Samskip’s 2017 acquisition of Nor Lines from DSD Group included terminals, warehousing, and transport in Norway. The company also took five vessels under time charter as part of the transaction. This year, Samskip also launched a new operation in Finland.
Samskip offers pan-European combined transport services via shortsea, road, rail, and inland waterway routes. In addition, high-frequency services connect destinations across Europe, the Baltic states, Iceland and Faroe Islands, and Russia, both door-to-door (including collection) and quay-to-quay.
Samskip currently operates 15 containerships and five reefer vessels, transporting 850,000 TEU annually through its intermodal network.