Eimskip has decided to combine its Green and Red Lines in the company's sailing schedule as from the middle of February.
The Green Line has served between Iceland and North America with a port call in Sortland in Norway. Containers with origin in Europe and Scandinavia have been transshipped to the Green Line in Reykjavík. The Red Line has served between Iceland and Europe and on the coastal route in Iceland. Combination of the two routes forms the basis of increased service reliability between Europe and North America.
The new route will be named the Green Line and three vessels will be serving on this combined route as before. They will be sailing direct between Europe and North America with calls in at least three Icelandic ports to serve importers and exporters in Iceland. The ports of call on the Green Line will be the same as on the previous routes, but the change creates direct sailings between Europe and North America, without transshipment in Reykjavík like before.
The change will also further strengthen the selling of services between North America and Europe and will increase the service reliability since connections between the company's different sailing routes have sometimes been jeopardized, mainly due to adverse weather conditions. The change will increase the total number of voyages per year between Europe and North America by five.
Gylfi Sigfússon, President and CEO
We are pleased to offer increased frequency and direct services between Europe and North America since transported volumes to and from the United States and Newfoundland have been increasing. We are also better able to respond to our customers' needs of direct services without transshipments.