Ro/Ro traffic between Sweden and the continent are increasing, as volumes between Gothenburg and Belgium have risen for the ninth consecutive year. Namely, the forecast for 2018 expects a 10% increase for Ro/Ro units.
254,000 ro/ro units were shipped between Gothenburg and Belgium, during 2017, and the forecast for 2018 reveals a 10% increase to almost 280,000 units. The traffic on the services between Gothenburg and Ghent/Zeebrugge has increased for nine years in a row. Volumes to and from Belgium during this period have doubled, and the number of departures has risen from 12 to 16. In Gothenburg, the services to and from Belgium are operated by Cobelfret(CLdN), DFDS, Euro Marine Logistics NV (EML) and Svenska Orient Linien (SOL).
The major upturn in ro-ro traffic can be attributed in part to the momentum that has built up in the European economy, and which looks set to continue. The products that are being shipped include vehicles, industrial components, steel, and forest products. These are product categories in which demand remains consistently high.
Jacob Minnhagen, Senior Manager, Business Development at the Port of Gothenburg said on the Port’s press release.
An even further expansion of the service structure took place during the autumn, with the shipping companies linking up Spanish, Greek and Turkish ports to the growing European network.
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Santander can now be reached by CLdN, and Svenska Orient Linien (SOL) is already operating a service to Bilbao, both via transshipment in Zeebrugge. Following the acquisition of the Turkish shipping company UN RoRo, DFDS can link Ghent with Trieste in northern Italy with the aid of an intermodal rail solution. From Trieste several ports in Greece and Turkey can now be reached by sea. The transit time from the Port of Gothenburg is 5-9 days depending on the destination.
Jacob Minnhagen added that avoiding long transit distances by road along the European motorways is not only environmentally correct, it is also quite a relief in the light of the current lack of drivers.
There are around 70 intra-European ro/ro departures each week from the Port of Gothenburg. Early this year, an entirely new combi terminal was completed adjacent to the Port of Gothenburg ro/ro terminals. It is estimated that around 100,000 ro-ro units will be transshipped between ship, rail, and road each year at the new terminal.
We have an increasing volume of goods in this segment. Thanks to a highly efficient infrastructure, along with highly skilled terminal operators, there is substantial growth potential within the system which we hope more players will discover and take advantage of in the future.
Jacob Minnhagen concluded.