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New direct Shortsea service connecting Finland, Latvia, the UK, and the Netherlands

Samskip announces a strategic expansion into the Baltic Sea region with a new direct shortsea service. The service directly responds to the demand for reliable shortsea service in the Baltic Sea region.

The new Samskip service operates with a weekly Friday departure from Rotterdam and calls on Helsinki, Riga, and Hull. The service is effective from week 44.

We are very pleased to welcome this new direct call from Helsinki/Riga via our ideally situated Humberside gateway in Hull. This new service offers our customers a direct and reliable corridor to and from Finland and the Baltics to the UK. We can link into the UK Region’s in-house value-added services, such as customs clearance support and land transport, to deliver a seamless door-to-door service.

Richard Beales, Samskip Regional Director – UK 

Samskip’s new Baltic Sea service will directly link Latvia & Finland with the United Kingdom & the Netherlands with fast, reliable transit times. The service achieves a 5-day transit from Riga to Hull and a 7-day transit from Helsinki to Hull. To support the new route and ensure good regularity on the Baltic Sea service, Samskip will deploy two vessels to operate the route.

Check out the updated service and other Samskip services in Shortsea Schedules.

 We have listened closely to our customers to understand their needs, and this new service underpins our commitment to them and their shipping requirements to and from Finland & Latvia. The new service provides a fast, direct link between the region and the UK and the Netherlands, combined with a high level of customer care and service quality. I am proud of the teams in the region who have worked passionately to drive this project.

Johan van der Pijl, Samskip Regional Director – Baltic Sea

Customers such as retailers in Finland will benefit from the reliable and short transit times of the route from Rotterdam to Helsinki, with arrivals in Helsinki every Tuesday morning.

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The reliability of the new service is achieved by its robust schedule design and focus on consistency. Samskip’s new Baltic service will deliver seamless, integrated door-to-door service, supported by Samskip’s strong value proposition in the UK consisting of in-house customs clearance support, its Humber-based owned truck fleet, and additional value-added services such as cross-docking for paper and timber products.

Contact info

For more information, please contact the Regional Director – Baltic Sea, Johan van der Pijl at