The opening of a new freight service to Rotterdam will be a welcome development, presenting further opportunities for Swedish industry. The company behind the new service is the ro-ro* carrier CLdN, whose vessels will call at the Port of Gothenburg twice a week.
A new freight service has been introduced between Gothenburg and the continent, operated by Luxembourg-based ro-ro company CLdN. The company’s vessels will depart twice weekly from Logent Ports and Terminals at the Port of Gothenburg, bound for Rotterdam.
“Rotterdam is a highly important freight hub for many Swedish import and export companies. A further alternative means of reaching Rotterdam is now available, which is in keeping with our aspiration to continuously develop our range of services,” said Claes Sundmark, Vice President, Container, Ro-Ro and Rail at Gothenburg Port Authority.
The Port of Gothenburg has some 130 direct links to destinations throughout the world. In addition to direct services, there are frequent links to other major ports on the continent. From there it is possible to reach virtually any port in the world.
High frequency service to the continent
Most of CLdN’s cargo is transported to France, which is the company’s largest market, although a great deal is also shipped to Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy and other parts of Europe.
“Our strength as a ro-ro carrier is the frequency and rapid transit time from door to door. Rotterdam is an excellent hub and from there the rest of Europe can be reached quickly by rail, road and other sea routes,” said Emil Holmgren, Line Representative at CLdN.
With the new service, CLdN has five departures each week from the Logent Ports and Terminals ro-ro terminal in Gothenburg – two to Rotterdam and three to Zeebrugge.
“We will also be able to offer greater frequency between Gothenburg, Zeebrugge, Rotterdam and the Danish port of Hirtshals, which we began serving earlier this year. Other new developments include the establishment of a rail link between Zeebrugge and Lyon. A great deal is happening at the moment and the future is looking bright,” Emil Holmgren concluded.
* Ro-ro stands for roll-on/roll-off and refers to trailers and other wheeled cargo carried on ships that operate in regular liner traffic within Europe.
Fact file: CLdN
CLdN (Compagnie Luxembourgeoise d’Navigation) is a sea freight and port group that also offers land-based logistics services. CLdN has been calling at Gothenburg since 1999.
Fact file: Port of Gothenburg
The Port of Gothenburg is the largest port in the Nordic region. 30 per cent of Swedish foreign trade passes through the Port of Gothenburg as well as 60 per cent of all container traffic.
The Port of Gothenburg is the only port in Sweden with the capacity to receive the world's largest container vessels and has the broadest range of shipping routes within and outside Europe. The 25 rail shuttles that depart each day mean that companies throughout Sweden and Norway have a direct, environmentally smart link to the largest port in the Nordic region. The Port of Gothenburg has terminals for oil, cars, ro-ro, containers and passengers.