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With MSC and OOCL direct calls, Port of Gothenburg's assets accumulate rapidly

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HOME of Volvo, and half way between Oslo and Copenhagen, the Swedish Atlantic harbour at Gothenburg is well placed to capitalise on its position as Scandinavia's biggest seaport.

With 2M and G6 alliance ships making direct calls, it is well on its way to fulfill its ambition to become the biggest and most prosperous port in the region.

Direct calls from Hong Kong's OOCL, part of the G6 alliance, have been in place for some time, but recently, 2M's Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) will make direct calls starting with the 19,000-TEU MSC Maya this month.

"We are extremely pleased that MSC will be sailing between Asia and Gothenburg using its largest ships," said Magnus Karestedt, Port of Gothenburg chief executive.

"This means a great deal for the competitiveness of Swedish industry as it is these vessels that offer direct services to the Far East and other parts of the world," said Mr Karestedt.

Today, Gothenburg has a balanced annual trade of 850,000 TEU, and it expects the new shipping alliances to deliver greater volumes, which in turn which will bring a greater proportion of direct calls - far more than the 50 per cent it has today.

There is little fear that slack season cancellations will affect that. "Cancelled sailings will be covered with other loops when the 'normal Gothenburg loop' is cancelled," said Claes Sundmark, the port's vice president for the containers, ro-ro and rail.

"All shipping lines I have spoken to have confirmed that all loops will be sailing with their normal frequency, but covered by alternative loops in some weeks," he said.

"We and our terminal operator APM Terminals Gothenburg have invested heavily in increased and upgraded capacity in recent years," he said.

"Additional rail capacity with two new RMG [rail mounted gantry] cranes, two additional super-postpanamax ship to shore cranes, upgraded terminal areas and quays," he said.

 

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