Samskip is the Port of Hull’s largest customer, where transportation to and from Iceland and Samskip’s logistics network in Europe will now meet. Each year Samskip transports over 100.000 container units through the Port of Hull, making it Samskip’s second largest port, following Rotterdam.
“The Port of Hull offers its clients excellent service and facilities, to our customers’ benefit. The relocation means shortened stay in port for our ships, which translates to better services to our customers,” says Guðmundur Þór Gunnarsson, Samskip Iceland’s COO of Operations.
With the ports of Hull and Immingham being relatively near each other there will be no changes relating to Samskip’s reception of general cargo. Samskip’s warehouse placement is also unchanged. “The only change the relocation brings our customers is better service. Everything else remains unchanged,” Guðmundur Þór Gunnarsson says.
The history of seaborne trade in Hull reaches all the way back to the 13th century. However, the Hull Dock Company was formed in 1773 and Hull’s first dock built. The port is now owned by Associated British Ports and according to latest numbers services around 9.3 million tons of cargo annually.
With these changes shipping routes to and from Iceland now connect with Samskip’s logistics network in Europe in two key ports, Hull and Rotterdam. The changes open new possibilities in connecting Samskip’s customers in Iceland with Samskip’s network in Europe.
Samskip is a global logistics company offering transport and related services by land, sea, rail, road and barge with a particular focus on cost efficient, reliable and environmentally friendly transport. It is one of the larger European transport companies, with offices in over 20 countries worldwide, employing approximately 1,300 people.