Two Swedish ports have joined forces to set up a green inland shipping route between their respective operations.
For the ports of Stockholm and Mälarhamnar, the new route between Stockholm Norvik Port and the strategically located Mälarhamnar ports in Västerås and Köping, makes sense from both an economic and green perspective.
“Stockholm Norvik Port provides a unique opportunity to create inland shipping using barges that would make transport in the Stockholm region more efficient,” said Johan Wallén, Ports of Stockholm.
“This provides additional possibilities for our customers and reduces congestion and the environmental impact of the overland infrastructure.”
Ports of Stockholms, new freight port, Stockholm Norvik Port, will be situated just south of Stockholm. The port will open in May 2020 and its location will create new opportunities for efficient and sustainable transport in the growing greater Stockholm region.
Simultaneously there are also major projects ongoing at the Mälarhamnar ports to enable the handling of larger goods volumes. This includes expanding port areas, renovation of quays and construction of new warehouse buildings.
The collaboration expands the offerings at both ports and will provide good preconditions for barge traffic, similar to that seen on European rivers.
Moreover, with nine goods in ten arriving in Sweden by sea, with the majority destined for the greater Stockholm region, a more direct route between the ports should help lift the burden on the already congested road and rail networks in the greater Stockholm region.