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More Color for Kiel

Color Line has added a ro-ro freighter service to its Oslo-Kiel route, to shift more cargo from road to sea

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The ice-class COLOR CARRIER, built in Norway in 1998, is 154.5m long, 22.7m wide, has a draught of 6.95m and a service speed of 20 knots. It has a load capacity of 1,775 lane metres, for all kinds of rolling freight - trucks, trailers, containers on flats, construction and agricultural machines, etc. The vessel also carries automotive industry products, temperature-controlled goods and IMDG-classified hazardous cargoes.


Cargo unit intake is 120 per crossing, or up to 36,000 per year based on 10 weekly sailings in each direction.


The vessel was fitted with a scrubber two years ago and will be converted to use the onshore power supply in Oslo and the forthcoming onshore power supply in Kiel.

The COLOR CARRIER has the capacity for 360,000 freight units/year on the Oslo-Kiel route
The COLOR CARRIER has the capacity for 360,000 freight units/year on the Oslo-Kiel route

The Port of Kiel’s Managing Director Dirk Claus said: “The freight ferry is an additional growth momentum for the port of Kiel and enables the resumption of intermodal transhipment at the Norwegenkai terminal. The aim is to tranship as much cargo as possible via rail.”


At the start of this year, Norwegenkai was integrated into the schedule of the Hamburg-Billwerder shuttle operating Mondays to Fridays, which reaches all national combined transhipment stations overnight. Cargo units arriving by train from the opposite direction are transhipped onto the freight carrier to Norway on the same day.


Norwegenkai has two berths that are each equipped with a hydraulic ro-ro-ramp. In order to ensure smooth handling processes for the additional cargo units, the operating area on the Norwegenkai terminal was previously expanded by 10,000 m2.


Claus added: Kiel has invested a further €1.5M in infrastructure. The row of fenders has been modified and another storm bollard has been installed. In the area of the track system, surfaces have been adapted, ISPS fences and gates have been relocated and trailer spaces have been newly-marked.


At the same time, the stevedoring contractor of Color Line, Sartori & Berger, has invested €1M in new tugmasters and reachstackers.


Color Line’s two ro-paxes carried 1.1 million passengers and more than 750,000 tons of cargo on the Oslo-Kiel route last year.

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