As of May 19, Eimskip will strengthen its coastal sailings in Iceland by starting weekly service with a dedicated vessel which calls Húsavík, Akureyri, Sauðárkrókur, Ísafjörður and Reykjavík as well as continued weekly sailings to Reyðarfjörður and Vestmannaeyjar as it has been in the container sailing system. These changes are part of increasing the efficiency and reliability of the sailing system as well as further improving customer service and at the same time offering a more environmentally friendly option in domestic transport in Iceland.
In mid-May, Eimskip takes into service the container vessel Bakkafoss, which will serve the Company‘s North America route. With the introduction of the 1,025 TEU Bakkafoss, the Company will reduce the number of vessels on the route by one while maintaining similar capacity and its weekly service. The vessel Selfoss, which has served on the North America route will be transferred to the new coastal service in Iceland.
It has also been decided to connect the Company‘s container sailing system in the North Atlantic and the reefer sailing system in Norway via Faroe Islands. As of 8th of May the reefer liner vessels will call Faroe Islands weekly and service e.g. customers in transportation of fresh and frozen products to UK and mainland Europe. Furthermore, connecting the container liner and reefer liner systems creates an opportunity in transportation between Norway and the Faroe Islands as well as connecting Norway better with the Company’s extensive container sailing system. Subsequently, Eimskip reduces the number of container vessels in service by one by subleasing the container vessel Vantage.
These changes are a part of increasing efficiency and reliability in the sailing system as well as further improving customer service.