Samskip expands shortsea services in the Baltic
European transport group Samskip has expanded its operations in the Baltic with the acquisition of the shortsea specialist Sea Connect. Following the acquisition, the Klaipeda-based company will be renamed Samskip Sea Connect. The unit will also provide shortsea services connecting Russia, Lithuania, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.
Sea Connect operates three 1A Ice Class container vessels calling twice a week at St. Petersburg and Rotterdam, weekly at Hamburg and at Aarhus sub inducement.
“This acquisition strengthens our position in Russia, in the Netherlands and across a range of key Baltic ports in between,” said Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, chief executive officer, Samskip. “It enhances services for Samskip’s shortsea customers focusing on growth opportunities in Russia and adds opportunities for importers and exporters within the region to secure cost-efficient and sustainable multimodal connections farther afield.”
“Sea Connect has emerged as an exceptionally lean, robust operation offering reliability in quay-to-quay and door-to-door services,” Laaksonen added. Its acquisition consolidates Samskip’s commitments to the Baltic region, following its acquisition of Norlines in 2017 and the founding of a separate Finnish entity earlier this year.
Both Sea Connect managing director, Viacheslav Puzemskij and SCS-Russia managing director, Anton Larkin remain to play full roles within the new organisation, working with Johan van der Pijl, Samskip regional director Baltics and Russia.
Laaksonen anticipates particular growth in unitised volumes connecting Russia and the Baltic states through Rotterdam by rail, barges, vessels all over the Europe, and also greater deployment of Samskip’s expert refrigerated cargo services in St Petersburg. “Russian exporters and importers are likely to be attracted by new possibilities to penetrate markets to the west and south using Samskip’s network of shortsea, rail, inland barge and road services,” he added. Sea Connect’s feeder links with deep sea carriers would also remain.