Monday, July 15, 2019

Multimodal Container Moves Prompt Container Feeder Line to Commence New Services

Eight Weekly Sailings For Swedish - European Routes
Shipping News Feature
EUROPE – SWEDEN – The multimodal division of container shipping outfit Unifeeder has upgraded its services to better connect the Swedish market with its network in Europe. Starting in August, Unifeeder will offer 8 weekly sailings between Sweden and major intra-European hubs in Poland, Germany, Russia and the UK. This service upgrade adds significant capacity and flexibility to its offering for local businesses. Along with inland opportunities it says this will facilitate new routing options for Swedish exporters to reach the global markets in a reliable, cost-efficient and 'climate smart' manner.

The company points out that, with the right setup, multimodal solutions contribute tremendously to reducing the carbon footprint of European transportation. Magnus Grimhed, Sales Manager at Port of Norrköping, elaborated, saying:

“This hybrid service, i.e. both a feeder and short sea service, is, to my knowledge, the first intraBaltic service dedicated to serving the Swedish market. It is a potential game changer and we are happy that Unifeeder doesn’t only share our ambition to offer more sustainable transport through road conversion, but also put this new service in place to make things happen.”

With Sweden’s long distances and relatively heavy dependence on exports and road haulage, Unifeeder believes there is a great potential for optimising cargo flows. With cargo owners increasingly seeking sustainable transport solutions, the trend of converting palletised cargo from trucks to rail and sea is growing. Timm Niebergall, Director of Unifeeder Shortsea, commented:

“We are proud to offer our new Sweden services to our valued customers. Short lead times and environmental-friendly multimodal solutions will connect Sweden even better with the European markets.”

Niebergall says that opting for a multimodal solution helps to mitigate the chronic shortage of trained truck drivers which currently afflicts the whole European theatre of operations, whilst at the same time making a valuable contribution to less congestion and fewer emissions on the European roads. His opinion was backed up by Nicklas Romell, CCO at the Port of Helsingborg, who said:

“It is always inspiring to see when the environmental issue gets to dictate the agenda and the market again shows that it is perfectly fine to combine good business with sustainable sea transport.”

The Unifeeder fleet utilises 45 foot containers which it says are readily available in Sweden, and these larger boxes can take 32% more pallets than standard 40 foot units and exactly the same amount of cargo as a traditional trailer. Moreover, they can be switched effortlessly between rail, road and water transport making them the preferred equipment for multimodal solutions. YILPORT Nordic Region General Manager Eryn Dinyovszky shared her thoughts on the new service, observing:

“This service means new routing options for core exporters to reach their global markets with shorter lead times, and it creates a potential for cost reductions to Far East destinations, as well as opening the short sea route into Sweden, which to date has been an untapped cargo flow.”

Photo: The 508 TEU Marja in port at Szczecin, Poland, earlier this year.