Container ship towage requirements increased in the Baltic region after a new terminal opened in Sweden
Stockholm Norvik Port opened for its first ship berthing on 27 May, with Unifeeder vessel SCA Tunadal arriving at Sweden’s newest freight port to unload containers, opening a new trade destination and another demand source for marine services.
This milestone brings to the end a long and well-planned port construction project for Ports of Stockholm and for terminal operator Hutchison Ports in a region that accounts for half of Sweden’s entire consumption.
“It is a fantastic feeling to be able to open Stockholm Norvik Port and to know that we can now assure the sustainable transport of goods to and from the greater Stockholm region for many, many years to come,” said Ports of Stockholm marketing and sales manager Johan Wallén.
“We are looking forward to offering our customers service at a newly built port that provides an efficient port infrastructure and state-of-the-art equipment,” said Hutchison Ports Stockholm chief executive Lawrence Yam.
Hutchison Ports, one of the world’s largest container terminal operators, runs 52 ports in 27 countries.
Opening Stockholm’s Norvik Port increases the opportunities to transport goods by sea as close to their final destination as possible. It is proximal to major shipping fairways and has a natural depth of 16.5 m.
This terminal has good land infrastructure connections, including a newly built railway line for intermodal transportation.
Work is ongoing to complete the other part of Stockholm Norvik Port, the roro terminal, which is due to open during Q3 2020.
Tug operator Svitzer is investing in its tug fleet in Scandinavia with two ice-class port tugs under construction in Turkey to enhance its operations in the region.
During March 2020, tugboats operated by Marin & Haverikonsult manoeuvred a heavy transport ship carrying a 143-m bridge through tight passages in Stockholm. They helped COSCO Shipping Line’s ship Zhen Hua 33 to unload the Guldbron golden bridge at its destination.
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