Thursday, May 6, 2021

New Inland Waterway Shuttle Barge Service Between Ports to Commence This Month

Vessel Capacity of 200+ TEU Will Take Trucks and Pollution Off the Roads
Shipping News Feature

SWEDEN – This month sees the start of the first inland waterway cargo barge shuttle service in Sweden intended to reduce congestion on the crowded road network in the region, as well as substantially reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Services are scheduled to commence before the end of May, with two sailings each week.

Operated by the German shipping company Deymann, the sailings will utilise the inland waterways between the newly opened Stockholm Norvik Port and Port of Västerås. Pia Berglund, National Coordinator for Domestic and Short Sea Shipping at the Swedish Transport Agency explained the thinking behind the new service:

“Sweden’s national cargo transport strategy is based on the future vision of shipping playing a key role in creating modern, efficient and sustainable transport. The cargo shuttle service between Stockholm Norvik and Västerås is exactly aligned with governmental strategy. This represents a major step in transitioning from reduced road haulage to more waterborne transport, and it is especially pleasing that it involves a vessel operating on our inland waterways.”

This cargo shuttle service is the first example in Sweden of what is known throughout the EU as the fifth mode of transportation, using smaller EU inland waterway classed vessels. The EU classed vessel Emelie Deymann is shallow keeled, 110 metres in length and has the capacity to carry 208 TEUs.

Stockholm Norvik Port is the container terminal located closest to the area that is by far Sweden’s largest consumer region. The approach is closer to the open sea than any other port on the Swedish east coast. Introduction of this new inland shipping shuttle service provides the possibility to sustainably transport goods as close to their end destination as possible. Nicklas Ebersson, Marketing Manager Cargo at Ports of Stockholm commented:

“We are extremely positive about inland waterway transport. This provides us with a unique opportunity for more efficient transport options in the Stockholm region, reduced congestion on our roads, and additional service offerings for our customers."

Photo: The Emelie Deymann on the water.