Shortsea vessel operators Containerships and Viasea Shipping have partnered up on a new route to Norway.
As explained, the partnership will enable the two shipping companies to offer “highly competitive” shortea solution between Norway, Poland and the Baltic countries.
The service will be a fixed weekly schedule with end of the week sailings from Klaipeda and Gdynia and the arrival in Oslo on Monday morning. The first departure from Klaipeda will take place on April 5, 2018.
“Containerships has invested to a strong growth path with new LNG-vessels and trucks. The other focus has been to open new services in its main market area in the Baltics. Opening a new service in Norway with a strong player like Viasea enables us to offer competitive solution to our customers right from the beginning,” Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, CEO of Containerships, commented.
“Although our companies are different in terms of size and age, we are quite similar in which services we offer. Both companies focus exclusively on the shortsea market… By combining our strengths and existing networks, we can offer a new alternative for our customers, as well as open up for new opportunities,” Morten Pettersen, Managing Director of Viasea, said.
Containerships and Viasea are operating within each company’s segments and areas. Containerships is operating in the Baltic Sea, whilst Viasea is mainly connecting UK and continental Europe to Norway. Ambition to develop their services in new regions is said to be the main reason for this cooperation.