Release Date: 15 July 2006
Release ID: 538
Information from the Port of Göteborg AB, Sweden
North-of-Finland link with Port of Göteborg hub about to start
The northern Finland ports of Oulu and Kemi will be linked with Port of Göteborg from July 1st. Phase 2 of Stora Enso’s North European Transport Supply System will have three weekly departures from the Finnish ports to Göteborg, although initially the frequency will be two per week.
The traffic, operated by newly-formed TransLumi Line, will cater for the shipment of export paper from Stora Enso’s Northern Finland mills. However, the container/roro tonnage will also be able to take on third-party cargo. Cargo to the west European continent and the UK will be transhipped at Port of Göteborg, as will some intercontinental cargo. The loop will include calls at Lübeck, Germany when the fleet of three vessels on the service is complete.
Three container/ro-ro vessels will cater for the service. Built by Aker Yards in Finland, they will be delivered in July, in the autumn and in the late autumn of 2006, respectively. The vessels are of 13,800 tdw each and measure 190.5 m loa and 26 m in width.
When fully developed, the new service means that Port of Göteborg will have daily connections with Baltic Sea ports: through Finnlines to Kotka and through TransLumi to Oulu/Kemi (both with Stora Enso base cargo), and through Euro Marine Carrier to Hanko (car shipments).
Göteborg - Antwerp roll on/roll off rollout
Starting early July, Cobelfret will add a Göteborg – Antwerp leg to its North European liner network. As is the case with the Göteborg – Zeebrugge service already operated by Cobelfret, the base cargo is Stora Enso export paper from Sweden/Finland. The service, with twice-weekly departures in each direction, calls at Antwerp partly because Stora Enso operates a sheeting plant there. The service will be open to third-party cargo in addition to the paper shipments and the positioning of their load-carriers.
Technical Center in the port gets the go-ahead
Port of Göteborg AB will concentrate and expand its resources for maintenance and repair of technical equipment to one centrally-located facility in the middle of the Skandia Harbour. Here, the roles of two present workshops will be integrated into one. The reason for the concentration, expansion and enhancement is twofold: to release several thousand square metres of potential container parking areas in the container terminal and the plans to expand by 65 per cent the number of trucks and tractors between 2005 and 2015.
The Tor Ficaria enters service on
DFDS Tor Line’s Göteborg – Immingham run. The latest addition to the ‘flower fleet’ of DFDS Tor Line was commissioned this week when the Tor Ficaria entered service between Göteborg and Immingham. The addition of this vessel means that two older vessels can be phased out from the Göteborg – Ghent EuroBridge service and replaced by one ‘flower’-class vessel. These three larger vessels will operate to a schedule similar to the previous one of four vessels, i e six weekly departures. (NB. Ficaria is the Latin name of the ‘lesser celandine’ or ‘svalört’ in Swedish.)
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