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Containerships and Viasea join forces on a new route

This partnership will enable the two shipping companies to offer, what they believe is, the market’s
best shortsea solution between Norway, Poland and the Baltic countries.

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 and speeds up our growth, says Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, CEO of
Containerships plc.
Containerships and Viasea are both dedicated shortsea operators focusing on door-door services in
Europe, within each of its segments and areas. An ambition to develop their services in new regions,
is the main reason for this cooperation. Containerships are strong in the Baltic sea, whilst Viasea are
mainly connecting UK and continental Europe to Norway, and together they will complement each
other well.

“We are delighted to start our cooperation with Viasea with whom we are very close in terms of
approach and service ambition. We are very excited to add the Norwegian market to our traditional
areas that Finland, Russia, the Baltic States and Poland have been for the last 50 years.” Says KariPekka
Laaksonen, CEO Containerships.
“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 – aiming for regularity and
reliability. By combining our strengths and existing networks, we can offer a new alternative for our
customers, as well as open up for new opportunities” states Morten Pettersen, Managing Director of
Viasea

The service will be a fixed weekly schedule with end of the week sailings from Klaipeda and Gdynia
and an arrival in Oslo on Monday morning, ready for unloading. The transit time on this route is
shorter and more predictable than most other freight alternatives. The first departure from Klaipeda
will take place 5th April 2018.
There are many advantages of choosing shortsea. This form of transport has proven to be less
expensive and more environmentally friendly as opposed to the traditional road freight.
An extensive amount of goods is moved from Poland and the Baltics to Norway. Companies choosing
sea freight, show willingness to move towards becoming more environmentally friendly.
Norway service strengthens Containerships position in the Baltics and Poland by adding even wider
geographic coverage to our customers. The co-operation with a strong Norwegian player Viasea
ensures that we can offer reliable service, which our customers are used to, also from and to
Norway.

About Containerships;
Containerships is a full-service logistics company that provides safe, fast and environmentallyfriendly
door-door container transport in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the Mediterranean. They
offer both standard and customized containers and a complete coverage of logistics solutions by
vessels, trucks, rail and river barges.
Their business focus is the Baltics, where they are one of the leading industry companies. At the
beginning of the 2010s, their business expanded to the Mediterranean, which currently accounts for 15% of revenues. They are an international, yet local logistics company, with own offices in 14
countries.

About Viasea;
The shipping line Viasea was established in the autumn of 2016, they focus mainly on shortsea traffic
between Western Europe and Norway, and has a fixed sailing schedule between Rotterdam – Moss
and Oslo. Viasea is a Norwegian owned company with its own chartered tonnage ship, and is
independent of other shipping lines.
The current situation with few players in the market and an opening for a predictable shipping line
gave the idea for Viasea’s establishment. Viasea wants to be an asset to the short sea market, and
offers door-door services between Europe and Norway. Customers are forwarders, tank operators,
direct customers and other shipping lines.

 

Source: containershipsgroup
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