Eimskip has decided to start calling Bremerhaven in Germany as of 6 December this year. The company will at the same time stop calling Hamburg, which has since the year 1926 been one of the company’s ports of call. This step is a part of developing the company’s sailing system, but the change gives the company’s customers better connections to other markets and the transit time gets shorter, besides having the heart of the German fish industry located around Bremerhaven.
For the past several years, the company’s vessels Dettifoss and Godafoss have been calling Hamburg on the Blue Line. The terminal that Eimskip has been using will be closed due to structural changes in the port of Hamburg. It is therefore the right moment now to move the vessel calls and it will strengthen the company’s sailing system. The last service call in Hamburg is planned with the vessel Godafoss on 29 November.
The move to EUROGATE Container Terminal Bremerhaven represents a significant step in increasing services to Eimskip’s customers. The port offers a modern terminal, providing a full array of services at a high degree of efficiency. The container port of Bremerhaven is the fourth largest in Europe and is a major transshipment hub. Connections via Bremerhaven to Asia, Africa and South and North America are also excellent and a warehouse for chilled and cold cargo is located directly at the container terminal, which further improves services for the fish industry.
Eimskip’s main office in Germany will remain in Hamburg.
Gylfi Sigfússon, President and CEO of Eimskip
“The move over to Bremerhaven is very important for the future development of Eimskip’s sailing system. The port of Bremerhaven provides various opportunities for our customers in the fish industry and also for both importers and exporters in Iceland, in the Faroe Islands and Norway. We are proud to have made a good agreement with EUROGATE Container Terminal Bremerhaven and embrace all the new opportunities that will follow. At the same time we leave the port of Hamburg with regret after 90 years of cooperation.”
Emanuel Schiffer, Chairman of EUROGATE Group Management Board
“I welcome Eimskip to the port of Bremerhaven, to be joining the deep sea lines and feeders that are calling the port. It is great to finally get connection with the North Atlantic through Eimskip’s sailing system, creating various new transportation opportunities to and from Bremerhaven.”
Eimskip was founded in 1914 and is a publicly traded company with its shares listed at Nasdaq Iceland. The company runs a network of 58 offices in 19 countries, operates 20 vessels and has around 1,600 employees. Approximately half of Eimskip’s revenue comes from operations outside Iceland. The company’s vision is to provide outstanding transportation services through a dependable transport system in the North Atlantic and an extensive worldwide network of reefer logistics services.