Sweden’s first container barge shuttle service on inland waterways began operation on 1 June, sailing between Stockholm Norvik Port and the Port of Västerås
Services will be operated by German shipping company Reederei Deymann. The EU-class inland waterway container barge Emelie Deymann was introduced on Lake Mälaren to operate services linking Stockholm Norvik Port and the Port of Västerås. The cargo shuttle service is the first of its kind in Sweden.
The shuttle service carries the equivalent of roughly 200 road haulage vehicles and will help alleviate road congestion and lower CO2 emissions in the region.
The Hutchinson Ports-operated container terminal at Stockholm Norvik Port is a new roro and container terminal with direct access to Sweden’s largest consumer region. The terminal has approach lanes closer to the open sea than any other port on the east coast.
The Port of Stockholm said introducing the new inland service will increase the sustainably of transporting goods as close to their end destination as possible.
Chair of the Board of Ports of Stockholm, Fredrik Lindstål said “We are highly in favour of inland waterway transport. This provides us with a unique opportunity for more efficient transport options in the Stockholm region, reduces congestion on our roads, and provides our shipping companies and cargo owners with additional possibilities.”
The service, with a 15-hour sailing time between the two stops, will begin with two sailings a week. Barge Transport Sweden is helping Reederei Deymann to introduce the service to Sweden, and head of logistics and marketing Lars Rexius said “All kinds of consumer goods, such as jeans, sneakers, smart phones, TV screens and furniture will be shipped by this barge cargo shuttle service, as well as industrial materials. Swedish export goods, such as sawn timber, cartons of beverages, machinery, pulp and cardboard will be shipped in the opposite direction.”
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