A new service connecting Hull and Amsterdam has been announced which will add 30,000 teu per year to the Port of Hull’s throughput.
The Samskip service will begin in mid-March and will depart on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and comes off the back of investment in Hull’s container terminal, which is operated by Associated British Ports (ABP).
ABP Humber Director Simon Bird said: “Our multi-user container terminals in Hull and Immingham are ready to facilitate further expansion in container services linking the UK and the Continent.
“We look forward to continuing to welcome new partners in the future to cement the Humber’s key role in providing resilient and efficient transport solutions for UK-EU trade.”
The new service will complement the existing connection which makes five journeys a week.
The Port of Hull recently received two £10.5m ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, which will double its capacity to 400,000 teu once they begin operations in April 2018.
Container throughput at Hull, which is the third largest seaport on the British east coast, grew by 23% in 2017.
Hull’s new STS cranes are part of a wider ABP commitment to invest £50m in its Humber container terminals, made up of the Hull, Goole, Grimsby and Immingham facilities.
The four Humber ports handle goods valuing around £75bn per year and around 17% of the UK’s seaborne trade.