Monday, April 29, 2019

Baltic Port Begins to Shape Up as Rail Cargo Shuttle Routes Applied For

New Stockholm Deep Water Facility Getting Under Way for 2020
Shipping News Feature
SWEDEN – As we have detailed previously, with the country's newest deep water freight port, the Stockholm Norvik Port, on schedule to open for business in May next year, management group the Ports of Stockholm have this month submitted route applications for the first shuttle train services to carry cargo to and from the new facilities.

These will include the new container terminal, replacing the existing Frihamnen, and to be run by Hutchison Ports plus the RoRo terminal, run by Ports of Stockholm as part of the company’s own business operations and due to open just a few months later in the summer of next year.

To create the preconditions for rail transport to and from the Stockholm Norvik Port, applications for a number of shuttle train routes were submitted by Ports of Stockholm at the beginning of April to the Swedish Transport Administration. Today Ports of Stockholm constitutes one of Sweden’s biggest import ports. With the opening of the Stockholm Norvik Port the opportunities for export are significantly improved.

The shuttle train routes to and from the Stockholm Norvik Port that applications have been submitted for include the cities Insjön, Borlänge, Eskilstuna and Hallsberg. Nicklas Ebersson, Ports of Stockholm Marketing Manager Cargo explained the details of the move thus:

“After analysing and discussing with our customers, we have now applied for a number of shuttle train routes. We believe there are also additional development opportunities and will be pleased to discuss these further with operators, shipping companies and cargo owners who are interested in operating and creating new business opportunities resulting from the railway link we are in the process of constructing.

”This is a first, but giant step towards creating the preconditions to develop shuttle train services at the Stockholm Norvik Port.”