The Ports of Stockholm are organising recent developments in an ambition to strengthen the Capital as a natural hub for freight and passenger travel focusing on the Baltic region.
The Ports of Stockholm Group encompasses the subsidiary companies running each of the individual ports. These are Stockholms Hamn AB, Nynäshamns Hamn AB and Kapellskärs Hamn AB. The Ports of Stockholm offer ro-ro and passenger traffic to and from Finland, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Gotland and bulk, cruise and container services.
New Stockholm port – Norvikudden
The Port of Nynäshamn, founded in 1902, is located 60 km south of Stockholm and act as one of two mainland ports for traffic to and from Visby. Due to its strategic positioning, Nynäshamn also has a great advantage at offering ferry traffic to Ventspils and Gdansk.
At the heart of Sweden’s most commercial and business-oriented area a new port is being projected. Developing the conditions for modern freight and passenger transport services in this area is a natural step in this fast growing region, and in addition a step in the direction of a sustainable future.
Henrik Widerståhl, acting Managing Director, states: “Marine transport is the most environmentally friendly alternative today if you consider the substantial capacity offered by modern marine vessels. We are at the start-up of building a new port at Stockholm – Nynäshamn, Norvikudden. Once granted the appropriate authorisation we expect to be well underway and able to start the construction work shortly”.
Kapellskär – the gateway to Eastern Europe
The Port of Kapellskär, located 90 km north of Stockholm, is a stronghold in terms of passenger and ro-ro transport with a strategic location for ferry traffic to Eastern Europe. As an example Kapellskär has taken a leading position within the area of ro-ro traffic between Sweden, Estonia and Finland.
Recent developments suggest that Kapellskär will be one of Northern Europe’s most important ports for ro-ro transport to Eastern Europe and further in the near future. Investments are currently being made to further increase capacity in order to meet the increasing freight volumes. At the same time, modern vessels are both longer and heavier which puts a wider demand on the capacity of the port.
“Our ports are being developed in order to meet the high demands of the next generation vessels. At Kapellskär we are developing a new pier and at the same time preparing for extended water levels in the harbour. The result will be a fully equipped, modern port supporting effective freight and passenger services”, Rikard Sahl, Port Manager of Kapellskär, explains.
Opportunities for the ports of Stockholm
Henrik Widerståhl further explains that the overall development of the Stockholm ports has been rapid and positive during the past few years.
“Although freight services were cut back as a result of the recession we were compensated by the increased demand on the passenger side. As a result we were able to continue our development schemes as planned, and we are now at the forefront of being one of Northern Europe’s most important providers of passenger and freight solutions with extensive coverage of the Baltic region”, Widerståhl concludes.