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FREIGHT BUSINESS JOURNAL ISSUE 1 2012


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New line on the North Sea


A new freight ro-ro service started operations between Killingholme and Gothenburg on 24 January. North Sea RoRo, which has been established by industry veteran Mårten Carlquist, said it aims to offer a competitive alternative to the dominant operator, DFDS. Initially, three round trips per week will run in each direction.


Stevedoring in Gothenburg will be handed by Logent, operator of the port’s car terminal, who will also be agents for the line. The corresponding service at Killingholme is operated by Cobelfret’s C. Ro Ports subsidiary. Mårten Carlquist, CEO of the new company said: “ We are happy


to now be able to offer a competitive alternative to the existing services, at the same time as the capacity and frequency on the route is significantly expanded. The project has been met with great interest and has built confidence among carriers and other stakeholders. We will have a high shipment volume on the route from the first day of service.” Carlquist told FBJ that the route would be operated by two


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chartered British-flagged vessels – the Beachy Head and the Longstone – offering 2,600 lane metres each. They are part of the six-strong ‘Point’ class of six vessels available for the use of the UK armed forces but owners and operators Foreland Shipping can make them available to the commercial charter market if not required for military service. Departures from both Killingholme and Gothenburg would


be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 22.00 and on Saturday at 16.00 (though the latter timing may change). “We have had an enormous response from the market,” Carlquist added. He pledged that the new line would offer “market” rates: “I’m not actually aware of what DFDS are charging. I know what we require to run the service and we will base ourselves on the market.” Hauliers were eagerly anticipating the extra three services a week, over and above the six already offered by DFDS, he added. One of the initiators of the new company is transport and


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forwarding agent NTEX which will bring significant volume. Thomas Ström, CEO of NTEX, commented: “This is an important route for Swedish trade. To date there has been only one ro ro service between Sweden and England.” He added that the new operator “has very good potential


to provide both increased competition in transport to and from England. Today we have a traffic volume on the route corresponding to SEK150 million (£14.13m) annually. It is natural for us to enlist the new shipping company so that the market can be developed further.” NTEX will be the initial majority shareholder in the new


company but said it would soon significantly reduce its ownership to ensure the new company’s independence, according to Joakim von Heijne, at financial advisors Avantus Corporate Finance. Gothenburg Port Authority chief executive, Magnus


Kårestedt, also welcomed the new line, saying: “The deal means that we can now offer an even better range of routes to the important UK market.” Gert Jakobsen, vice-president of DFDS, which operates the


rival Immingham-Gothenburg route commented: “We have no information at this stage other than what has been in the press but it is something that will influence us on this route.” DFDS has sent a message to the Swedish stock exchange saying that there would be some potential impact on the company’s bottom line. “We can’t though quantify what thay will be but North Sea RoRo has said that they anticipate a turnover of SKR200 million and if it all comes from us, there will be some effect. Nevertheless, we think we have the superior set-up on the route and we will compete.” DFDS offers a six days a week main service plus a further twice-weekly route that also serves Brevik in Norway.


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