Friday, 26th of Oktober 2018
SAMSKIP TRAIN CONNECTION MELZO – AMSTERDAM
The train from Melzo, east of Milan, enters the 750 meters of intermodal track in the Holland Cargo Terminal (HCT) of TMA Logistics and now runs 3 times a week between international stations. This train connection was officially launched on October 17.
In addition to the fact that freight delays are increasingly affecting European road transport, the train’s arrival in Amsterdam closely coincides with Samskip shortsea departures to Hull, creating a seamless multimodal option to minimize post-Brexit border control issues.
The new rail link complements six times weekly train services connecting Melzo and Rotterdam, which will maintain their frequency to coordinate with shortsea services connecting to UK ports (Tilbury, Hull and Grangemouth), Ireland, Norway, Scandinavia and the Baltic States.
Adding rail capacity along a key uniformed freight route demonstrates Samskip’s commitment to improving the competitiveness of its multimodal offering in Great Britain and Italy as the reality of Brexit approaches, said Samskip UK Trade Manager, David Besseling. Samskip is able to provide sharp guarantees through effective partnerships with terminal operators, among others, that ensure quick turn-around times for ships, trucks and rail services. “Samskip now offers ten sailings per week connecting Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Antwerp to Hull” said Mr. Besseling. “Connecting the port of Amsterdam three times a week with rail services to/from Italy puts a new pillar in place to support our fast, cost-effective and reliable multimodal services between the mainland and the UK.”