Smyril Line expands traffic between the North Atlantic and Hirtshals

On Tuesday, 3 December, Smyril Line announces that the shipping company will expand their traffic at the Port of Hirtshals from mid-January 2020. This is done in order to increase the service of cargo traffic in the Faroe Islands and Iceland but also to serve the increasing number of travellers to/from the Faroe Islands and Iceland.

With the purchase of an additional ro/ro vessel from the Finnish shipping company Bore, Smyril Line expands its current fleet when they take over the ship Bore Bank in late December. The 138-meter-long and 23-meter-wide ship was built in Norway in 1998 and is named Akranes. In the future, Smyril Line's total fleet will thus consist of a total of five vessels - namely Hvitanes, Eystnes, Norröna, Mykines and Akranes.

According to Smyril Line, Akranes will be used to establish a new cargo route between Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands, Thorlakshöfn in Iceland and Hirtshals. The upcoming route especially paves the way for opportunities in the Icelandic and Scandinavian markets, as the Icelandic and Scandinavian companies get new and improved transit times as well as a shortsea solution between the Reykjavik area and Scandinavia. Thereby the route becomes one of the fastest cargo transport solutions between Scandinavia and the Reykjavik area.

- Smyril Line's expansion of traffic does not come as a surprise to the Port of Hirtshals. Over the past years, Smyril Line has shown considerable drive which has meant continuous and strategically well-founded growth at the shipping company, says the managing director of the Port of Hirtshals, Jens Kirketerp Jensen.

Naturally, the Port of Hirtshals will continue its work on the development of the route network at the port and will thus establish the position of the port as a logistical turntable in Scandinavia.