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Published: 18 January 2012      

Enter North Sea RoRo

A new ro-ro freight service is being introduced between Gothenburg and Killingholme

The first departure of the newly established shipping company North Sea RoRo is scheduled from Gothenburg on 24 January.

The CEO of the new shipping line is Mårten Carlquist, a highly experienced shipping line executive whose previous posts include senior positions with Tor Line and DFDS Tor Line. 

According to the new line, North Sea RoRo has been established to meet Swedish forwarders' and industry's demand for more competition and greater flexibility for their Nordic-UK traffic. It will provide "a new competitive alternative and an important complement to the dominant operator DFDS."

Initially there will be three sailings per week in each direction. In Gothenburg, North Sea RoRo will call at the Logent terminal (formerly the port-operated car terminal), and not at the Älvsborg ro-ro terminal (which a DFDS/C.Ro Ports (Cobelfret) jv is still awaiting EU approval to take over from the port authority). Logent will also act as agents for the line. Similar services in Killingholme will be managed by Cobelfret's C.Ro Ports. -

"We are happy to be able to offer a competitive alternative to the existing [DFDS] service, at the same time as the capacity and frequency on the route is significantly expanded," said Carlquist. "The project has been met with great interest and has built confidence among transport companies and other stakeholders. We will have a high shipment volume on the route from the first day of service."

Ironically, early success for North Sea RoRo could help the case for DFDS/Cobelfret at the Älvsborg ro-ro terminal. Fifteen months have passed since it was awarded to the joint venture by the port authority and the deal has still not been approved by Brussels, to which the Swedish competition authority (Konkurrensverket) referred it. In contrast, Konkurrensverket nodded through the Skandia ro-ro terminal (Logent) and lo-lo terminal (APM Terminals) deals without a murmur.

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