A new freight service will commence at the turn of the year, linking Gothenburg to the industrialised Western Region in Norway via the ports in Stavanger, Bergen, Sunndal and Ålesund. The service will also include the Polish port of Swinoujscie, which will in turn open up further trade options with central Europe. Vessels will visit Gothenburg on a weekly basis.
The new service will be operated by the Norwegian shipping company Sea-Cargo, which has its headquarters on the west coast of Norway.
“This service is a unique initiative with access to numerous volume sources. Available industrial volumes will form the core and make the service possible, and we have received an overwhelming response from the market. We are looking forward to linking into the Port of Gothenburg service network and ensuring traffic gets under way,” said Tore Knudsen, Director, Shipping Division at Sea-Cargo.
In preparation for the new service, Sea-Cargo will open an office at the Port of Gothenburg to establish even closer operational links.
Focus on short-sea traffic
This service is entirely new for the Port of Gothenburg, which will acquire further points of contact that can be added to its global service network. Sea-Cargo is a new shipping company at the port with an offer that fits in well with the port’s focus on expanding short-sea traffic.
“Most of the freight was previously transported by road but now we have a sustainable short-sea solution. We are pleased to be able to broaden our service base, generating new opportunities for many,” said Jacob Minnhagen, Senior Market Development Manager at the Gothenburg Port Authority.
At the Port of Gothenburg the vessels will be handled by Logent Ports & Terminals, who operates the Ro-Ro and car terminal in the port. The traditional port services, handling large and small self-propelled vehicles as well as projects and unitized shipments, are naturally at the full disposal of Sea-Cargo and their Customers.
“The new service presents an opportunity to increase the value of the terminal as a one-stop-shop, for short-sea as well as deep-sea services,” said Richard Hjertquist, Site Manager at Logent Ports & Terminals in Gothenburg.
“For us the new route opens great possibilities for offering more than just stevedoring services to the shipping line. Our CFS-section, located within the terminal, handles goods both with fork-lift trucks and reach stackers. Thereby the sea transport can be complemented with storage for both import and export cargo. Fewer handlings and opportunities for dedicated pre- and on-carriage solutions by road or rail minimize the risk for damages and reduce the impact on the environment as well as the infrastructure.”
Source: Port of Gothenburg