Important breakthrough for container traffic in Port of Karlshamn

14. 12. 10

- Now we have calls with container feeder vessels in Karlshamn.
We are very happy for this. It is an important breakthrough both for Port of Karlshamn and the industry in southeast Sweden, says Mats Olsson, Managing Director. Containers are now shipped by feeder vessel from Karlshamn to Hamburg/Bremerhaven for reloading to ocean vessels and further transport all over the world. And vice versa.

 

- Karlshamn is now a complete port. We have a strategic geographical location, all basic necessary facilities and a growing ferry traffic to Lithuania. In fact the line DFDS Seaways Karlshamn-Klaipeda is market leader on RoRo-cargo between Sweden and the Baltic States/CIS. And now we are also a container port, Mats Olsson continues.   It is the German feeder operator TEAM LINES who are calling Karlshamn with their container vessels. - We have started up co-operation here as we believe that Karlshamn has a good potential to grow as a container port, says Johan Wallén, Managing Director at TEAM LINES in Sweden. - The market is there and it has potential. There are prospering industries in the region with growing container volumes. At the same time also the market for Short Sea Shipping in the Baltic Sea is growing. - TEAM LINES business idea is to serve regional ports and to offer container service to the regional market, to the benefit of both logistics costs and the environment, says Johan Wallén. -TEAM LINES is one of the major feeder operators in Europe with 20 vessels serving 35 ports between St Petersburg and Lisboa.  

 

LONG TERM STRATEGY

- We are really pleased to have a company as TEAM LINES as our customer in Karlshamn, says Ulf Sandevärn, Marketing Manager at Port of Karlshamn the person who since the decision of the crane investment have been working on attracting a feeder operator. - There are many stake holders involved in a container shipment who must take decisions in favor of shipment via our port. - Some of TEAM LINES many customers – the ocean lines – now use Karlshamn and have established container depot and more are to come. - Now we are going and work very actively for a growing flow of containers via Karlshamn, says Ulf Sandevärn.    

 

LARGE INVESTMENTS

The start of efficient container traffic was possible as a result of a long term strategy and large investments in Port of Karlshamn. A new big mobile crane, reinforced quay and a new Intermodal rail terminal. A total investment of 150 million SEK. - We have planned for years to establish container traffic. The market is growing and You must be an Intermodal hub with complete service in order “to be in the game”, says Mats Olsson    

This Information is distributed by Karlshamns Hamn AB (Port of Karlshamn). For further information, please contact;   

Mats Olsson, CEO Karlshamns Hamn,
tel +46-(0)70-9731594 E-mail mats.olsson@karlshamnshamn.se  

Johan Wallén, CEO TEAM LINES Sweden
tel +46-(0)70-826 26 01 E-mail johan.wallen@teamlines.se   www.teamlines.de  

Ulf Sandevärn, Mkt Mng Karlshamns Hamn,
tel +46-(0)70-8802776 E-mail ulf.sandevarn@karlshamnshamn.se  

 

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