Goods are being transported by new sustainable services to and from Stockholm Norvik Port. Fully loaded goods trains now run weekly between southern Sweden and Stockholm Norvik Port. These trains carry goods previously transported on the congested road network.

First train in Stockholm Norvik Port Photo: Per-Erik Adamsson/Ports of Stockholm
First train in Stockholm Norvik Port Photo: Per-Erik Adamsson/Ports of Stockholm

From 12th April the short sea hauls shipping company Containerships, in collaboration with Green Cargo, is operating services every week between southern Sweden and Stockholm Norvik Port. The cargo was previously transported as road haulage but has now switched to this more environmentally friendly rail transport solution.

The cargo originates in Spain, Portugal and the UK and the goods are bound for Sweden’s largest consumer area, the Stockholm region. These services connect Spain, Portugal and the UK with Stockholm for exchange of both imports and exports between the countries.

The new intermodal connections that have started to operate extend the current sea haul SCANBALTIC services that Containerships operates from Iberia and the UK to southern Sweden. This combines intermodal transportation solutions to provide a more sustainable way to connect Spain, Portugal and the UK to Stockholm.

“We see increased demand for sustainable transportation and have therefore chosen to introduce our own train services for a more efficient goods flow. The goal of the new rail service connection to Stockholm Norvik is to transport more cargo in 45-foot containers. These have the same capacity as a trailer, but carbon dioxide emissions are reduced,” explains Urban Williamson, Shortsea Manager, Containerships Sweden & Norway.

Stockholm Norvik Port is a modern port with an infrastructure to meet market demands for increased frequency and capacity on the railway network. The industrial branch line is 4400 metres in length and links Stockholm Norvik to Sweden’s entire national railway network.

“The new goods train service is very good news indeed. This is entirely in line with our strategy to offer efficient transport solutions and increased rail goods volumes via Stockholm Norvik Port. The railway network is an important prerequisite for sustainable transport and to be able to offer good service to our customers,” says Nicklas Ebersson, Marketing Manager Cargo, at Ports of Stockholm.

The container terminal at Stockholm Norvik Port is run by Hutchison Ports, one of the biggest terminal operators in the world, with 52 ports in 27 countries. Ports of Stockholm owns and runs the railway branch line and in partnership with Green Cargo offers nationwide rail transport solutions.