Stockholm Norvik Port has released plans to launch Sweden’s first inland cargo shipping service, which will connect it with the Port of Västerås.
Operated by the German shipping company Reederie Deymann, the shuttle service will reduce congestion from the area’s crowded highways network, reducing carbon emissions.
Services are expected to commence by the end of May 2021, with two sailings each week.
Stockholm Norvik Port, the container terminal closest to Sweden’s capital and largest consumer region, is closer to the sea than any other port on the Swedish east coast.
Pia Berglund, National Coordinator for Domestic and Short Sea Shipping at the Swedish Transport Agency, said, “Sweden’s national cargo transport strategy is based on the future vision of shipping playing a key role in creating modern, efficient and sustainable transport.
“This represents a major step in transitioning from reduced road haulage to more waterborne transport, and it is especially pleasing that it involves a vessel operating on our inland waterways.”
The EU-classed vessel Emelie Deymann will shuttle cargo on the service. The vessel is 110m in length and has the capacity to carry 208 TEUs.
Nicklas Ebersson, Marketing Manager of Cargo at Ports of Stockholm, added, “We are extremely positive about inland waterway transport.
“This provides us with a unique opportunity for more efficient transport options in the Stockholm region, reduced congestion on our roads, and additional service offerings for our customers.”
Stockholm Norvik Port is operated by Hutchison Ports.