Thursday, April 4, 2019

Container Freight Surge Boosts Confidence in New Deep Water Baltic Port

Twenty Five Percent Hike in Traffic Comes at a Good Time
Shipping News Feature
SWEDEN – Management at the Ports of Stockholm say the future is bright after reporting a 25% jump in container volumes in the first quarter of 2019 as against the previous year. With the new Stockholm Norvik Port, optimistically named the 'Baltic Port of the Future', due to come into service next year it has been designed to offer deeper draughts, longer quays, larger terminal areas and short and easy approach lanes from the bigger maritime fairways, all to accommodate an anticipated surge in freight and passenger traffic.

The Stockholm Norvik Port will open in May 2020 and will replace the current CTF container terminal at Frihamnen in Stockholm and will be run by Hutchison Ports. During the autumn of 2020 the RoRo section of the new port will also open and will be run by Ports of Stockholm themselves. Nicklas Ebersson, Marketing Manager, Cargo at Ports of Stockholm, said:

“The Stockholm region is growing, a fact that is clearly reflected by our import volumes. It feels reassuring that we will open the Stockholm Norvik Port next year. With our new freight port we will have good facilities to be able to cope with the rapid rise in volumes and to develop services within the container segment, together with Hutchison Ports.”

Stockholm Port has produced a short film to explain how, with the local population growing by 35,000 souls every year, the new port fills the need to keep pace with growing trade in the region and beyond. The concept, similar to DP World’s London Gateway development, ensures less road miles, being closer to a major population centre than other currently used ports further afield, and therefore has the potential for a major beneficial impact on the environment.