A new direct service between Sweden and Asia is due to commence on August 27, 2015, operated by the G6 Alliance. Ships will call at APM Terminals (APMT), the container terminal at the Port of Gothenburg, once a week.
Up to now, Sweden has had just one direct container service to the Far East – the weekly service operated from Gothenburg by MSC and Maersk Line.
Claes Sundmark, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the Port of Gothenburg, said: “A wide range of services is crucial for Swedish industry and that is why it is very encouraging indeed that the G6 Alliance believes in the Swedish market and in the Port of Gothenburg as a freight hub. Direct services mean rapid, safe transport with excellent reliability.”
Patrik Thulin, CCO at APM Terminals in Gothenburg, said: “With what is virtually a new terminal, new cranes, new straddle carriers and upgraded land areas we have the capacity to handle vessels of this size rapidly and efficiently. We hope to secure increased volumes from both Sweden and Norway and more customers of this size.”
The G6 Alliance comprises the Singapore-based company APL, the Korean company Hyundai, the Japanese companies MOL and NYK, the German company Hapag Lloyd and the Hong Kong-based company OOCL. The last time the G6 Alliance operated out of Gothenburg was in 2012.
The first ship bound for the Far East will leave Gothenburg on August 28. The service will then call at APMT in Gothenburg once a week.
Keep your eyes peeled for the Port of Gothenburg’s contribution into PTI’s technical journal – the mega-ports edition.