Operator said demand for an environmentally friendly transport solution between Norwegian capital and the Sweden’s leading container port has increased in recent years.
Norwegian rail operator Cargonet has launched a new weekly intermodal rail shuttle service between Oslo and the Port of Gothenburg, providing Oslo and Norway with “a rapid, dependable, climate-smart link to the largest port in Scandinavia”.
The 580-metre train will initially operate once a week in each direction, arriving at the Port of Gothenburg from Oslo on Wednesday afternoons carrying Norwegian export goods for loading onto ships and onward transport to various parts of the world via the Port of Gothenburg service network. That evening, the terminal operator Sandahlsbolagen reloads the train at Arken Intermodal Terminal before returning to Oslo, reaching Oslo next morning.
Claes Sundmark,” Vice President for Container, RoRo & Rail at the Gothenburg Port Authority, commented: “Somewhat boastfully we usually say that we are the largest port in Norway thanks to the substantial flows of Norwegian import and export goods that pass through the Port of Gothenburg. This potential is set to increase even further with a highly skilled rail operator that is bringing a much sought-after solution to market.”
Mikael Grankvist, Product Manager at Cargonet, commented: “We began operating tentatively last week and we have had a great response from the market. We have noticed how many are looking for dependable, climate-smart solutions and there is every opportunity to increase traffic volumes on this route in the future.”
Cargonet chief executive Erik Røhne commented: “Our experience is that demand for an environmentally friendly transport solution between Oslo and the Port of Gothenburg has increased in recent years. With our broad range of services, we can ensure effective transport to and from all the major cities in Norway and we are extremely pleased that we can now offer our customers this service all the way down to Gothenburg.”
The new service “is equivalent to having 2,000 fewer trucks each year operating on the extremely busy E6 motorway between Gothenburg and Oslo,” the port stressed. “The switch from road to rail will result in a reduction in carbon emissions of 724,000 kg.”
World-class freight levels by rail
At present around 60% of container volumes to and from the Port of Gothenburg are transported by rail, a figure that puts the Port of Gothenburg among the top rail freight ports in the world.
Investments include an expansion of the double-track Port Line system and the Arken Combi Terminal, which have already had a significant impact on reducing the number of trucks on the roads in the Gothenburg area. The new rail-sea transshipment terminal at the port, the Svea Terminal, is currently in the start-up phase.
“The demand for rail transport is continuing to grow, and a further increase will help us achieve our highly ambitious climate goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 70 per cent by 2030. It is a natural progression for us to continue investing offensively in rail services in partnership with our terminals and rail operators,” said Sundmark.
The Port of Gothenburg is the largest port in the Nordic region, with 30% of Swedish foreign trade passes through the Port of Gothenburg as well as half of the country’s container traffic. 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 – and the only port in Sweden with the capacity to receive the world’s largest container vessels.