More and more goods are being transported by sea directly to the growing Stockholm region, states Ports of Stockholm AB (SHAB). “Freight volumes have increased considerably at all our ports," said Johan Castwall, SHAB's MD.The trend is obvious. The economy is flourishing and Stockholm is growing.”
SHAB is Sweden’s third largest ferry freight port and it is freight cargo on ferries that has increased most in terms of numbers of tonnes. In total just over 5 Mt of freight were transported by ferry during the first nine months of the year. Container traffic at Frihamnen increased by 12% year-on-year to 48,000 TEU. Bulk volumes were up by 19%.
The traffic increases reflect to some extent the industrial relations problems in Gothenburg, impacting its gateway role for Swedish o/d cargoes.
“It is positive that more and more goods are being transported by sea, directly to the growing Stockholm region," said Stefan Hansson, Chairman of the Board at SHAB. "This is better for the environment and also relieves the pressure on Sweden'’s congested roads and railways.
"The increase in freight volumes emphasises the need for the new freight port, the Stockholm Norvik Port, which we are building just south of Stockholm.” Norvik will be ready to welcome the first vessels in 2020 and will be able to handle larger volumes, both for containers and ro-ro services.