Focus on the future

So far the Corona-pandemic only had a marginal negative effect on Port of Karlshamn. Thanks to our focus on cargo and close co-operation with our clients. We try to be flexible and adapt to the situation day by day. Upto now we have succeded well. But we have big fluctuations in our capacity utilization with little predictability, and the situation might change quickly. Daily matters require bigger efforts than normally and of course we hope that the situation will return to normal as soon as possible

At the same time we are in a very forward and positive development phase. We are constructing a "new port" with support from the European Union. DFDS A/S invests in new larger ferries, presently under construction, for the line Karlshamn-Klaipeda. The Swedish Government will construct "Sydostlänken" (a partly new and partly existing rail link) Karlshamn-Olofström (Volvo Cars)-Älmhult (IKEA distribution centre) with connection to the main North-South railway line in Sweden. Alltogether it means a total upgrade of the trade corridor via Port of Karlshamn which will strengthen Karlshamns position as a important logistic node in the South Baltic area. Construction of a totally new ferry berth starts now and reconstruction of a existing berth. This to accomodate for DFDS next generation RoPax-vessels with a lenght of 230 metres, which will start to call in Karlshamn next summer. At the same time we will re-route the traffic flow in the port and make new areas for line-up of accompanied traffic, thus creating more space for unaccompanied traffc. There will be a new main entrance gate to the port, new passenger terminal and a new office. Port of Karlshamn Invests 200 million SEK and the European Union contributes with 30 million SEK. This is a major investment for the port, but we estimate it will have a great lever effect, both for the port, the region and beyond. This development is possible, partly thanks to parts of the land areas that we purchased and prepared for pipe storage, for the Nord Stream 2 project, which is now completed in Karlshamn. After closing the books for 2019, we can confirm the best year ever in terms of turnover and financial result! During the project lifetime in Karlshamn, the port was able to deliver 80 million SEK to its owner Karlshamn Municipality, or the Municipal group "Stadsvapnet". As spinoff-effect the Nord Stream 2-Project created lots of extra work for various suppliers in the Municipality. The record figures was to a great extent a result of Nord Stream 2, but not only. The port was also succesful also in other segments. The Nord Stream 2-project also runned well from a operational perspective. Our customer and partners were pleased and we are very satisfied to have taken part in the project. We got the opportunity to show the market that Port of Karlshamn has the skills and capacity to cope with such a big and complex project. This is a strong foundation for future interesting business in Port of Karlshamn! Mats Olsson CEO Port of Karlshamn