Release Date: 13 November 2007
Release ID: 415
Samskip Multimodal Container Logistics and Delphis-owned Team Lines have decided to coordinate their sailings to and from Bilbao. By so doing, the two companies will provide their customers with a higher frequency of sailings and first class schedules.
A vessel sharing agreement (VSA), effective 29 October, 2007, has been concluded and this will provide both companies with a twice-weekly link between the Benelux and Bilbao.
The 340TEU Geest Trader, currently serving on Samskip's weekly Bilbao - Tilbury - Rotterdam service, will be replaced by the larger and faster 549TEU Samskip Iberia. With this service, Samskip will continue to offer northbound sailings departing Bilbao on a Friday to arrive Tilbury on Monday and Rotterdam on Tuesday. This timing is ideal for Spanish shippers as it circumvents France's ban on weekend truck movements.
Team Lines' Rotterdam - Antwerp - Bilbao service, operated by the 707TEU Aquarius, will now provide Samskip's customers with a matching southbound weekend sailing, departing Antwerp on Thursdays, Rotterdam Fridays and arriving Bilbao on Monday mornings.
Under this new arrangement, all operations at Bilbao will be concentrated at the ATM Terminal, owned by Abra Terminales Marítimas, SA.
A developing partnership
In July 2007, Samskip acquired the door-to-door business unit of Delphis Team Lines. It was stated at the time that this would allow Delphis Team Lines "to focus on the further development of its marine business and continue to serve as a pan-European platform for both deepsea lines and for shortsea and multimodal container logistics providers like Samskip". For the newly-acquired business, Samskip would enjoy fixed allocations on Team Lines vessels "thus continuing a strong partnership between the two organisations that began some years ago when Delphis was first formed".
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