Commencing in autumn 2016, SCA Logistics will begin calling at Kiel with its Ro-Ro vessels as part of a new partnership with Iggesund Paperboard and Seehafen Kiel. Kiel will thus replace Lübeck as a distribution point for Central Europe. A total of approximately 1,000,000 tons per year will be shipped on the new route to and from Kiel.
Seehafen Kiel is starting the process to expand its existing warehouse capacity in Ostuferhafen. The new forest products terminal will lie directly adjacent to the Intermodal rail terminal and the Ro-Ro terminal in the same port area. SCA will phase out its terminal in Lübeck and relocate operations to Kiel.
“Seehafen Kiel has made a big and dedicated effort to develop the concept that eventually won the terminal study we conducted jointly with Iggesund to handle the volumes for Iggesund Paperboard and SCA Paper,” says Magnus Svensson, President of SCA Logistics.
“It is very pleasing that we will be able to continue developing and expanding our longstanding partnership with Iggesund Paperboard, which dates back to 1995. Jointly, Iggesund and SCA have the volumes required to generate cost-efficient transport solutions,” adds Magnus.
Demand for containerized freight transport is growing steadily. When SCA’s Ro- Ro vessels begin calling at Kiel, Ro-Ro traffic between Sundsvall, Umeå, London and Rotterdam will be reduced from the current number of two departures per week, to one. The service will be maintained by moving a considerable volume, from Ro-Ro to containers. To allow for this development, SCA Logistics’ existing container route between Sundsvall, Umeå, Rotterdam and St. Petersburg will be expanded.
The container volumes in SCA Logistics’ terminals in Sundsvall and Umeå are expected to grow by 80% to 90% and in Rotterdam by 50%. At the same time, the Ro-Ro volumes at these ports will decline proportionately.
“Global container transport has been increasing for a long time and this trend will continue. This also means that container systems in Europe are becoming so large-scaled and comprehensive that containerization is becoming increasingly competitive for transport within Europe. We want to benefit from this trend and are therefore modifying our transport mix”, says Magnus.
All changes are expected to take place during the third quarter of 2016.
For additional information, please contact:
Magnus Svensson, President SCA Logistics, tel: +46 60 19 35 41, mobile: +46 70 550 61 15
Björn Lyngfelt, Vice President Communications, SCA Forest Products, tel: +46 60 19 34 98.