Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) has staked a claim as a key port in Europe's short-sea shipping network, following arrival of the first vessel at CMP in a new weekly schedule introduced by CMA CGM subsidiary Containerships.
The 9000 tonne Neuburg has arrived at CMP’s Northern Harbour in Malmö, in the maiden voyage of Containerships’ new Scan Baltic 1 route, which also takes in visits to ports in Portugal, Spain, England, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden.
Ports selected for Scan Baltic 1 were chosen on the basis of their capabilities for intermodal connections for land transport, according to CMP.
Ann-Charlotte Halldén Åkeson, CMP key account manager, said: “CMP is strengthening its position as a logistics hub as part of Scan Baltic 1.
“In Malmö we can meet the requirements that Containerships has because we are able to offer intermodal solutions with proximity to both rail and road networks and with large areas for reloading. We are looking forward to the new collaboration and are delighted to be able to welcome Containerships to Malmö.”
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The environmental benefits of freight transport incorporating short-sea shipping were reiterated as the Neuburg docked in Malmö – one of five ships that CMA CGM subsidiary Containerships is using to work the Scan Baltic 1 route.
Moving a single container by road between Barcelona and Malmö results in 6,500 kilograms of CO2 emissions, whereas intermodal transport between the two cities including shipment by sea and rail reduces emissions by almost 4,500 kilograms, according to CMP.
Containerships’ general manager, Urban Williamson, said: “CMP Malmö offers all the solutions that as a short sea shipping company we perceive are prerequisites to enable us to ensure the high level of service our customers require. CMP offers flexibility and easy access for our inland shipments, and we also feel that CMP has the same ambitions for development as Containerships.
“We believe in the collaboration and it seems that our arrival is eagerly awaited in the region, so the future looks exciting.”