Port of Norrköping in short
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The Port of Norrköping, on the Baltic Sea coast, about 130 km south of Stockholm, is one of Sweden’s most important gateways for maritime traffic. Approximately half of all Swedes live in east and central Sweden, within a 200 km radius of Norrköping, and this same hinterland contains a major part of the nation’s industrial and manufacturing sector.
Norrköping as a port and logistic hub
Today Norrköping is much more than a centre for sea trade. It has evolved into a full-service port, one of the best equipped in the Baltic Sea region, providing a hub for logistics and intermodal cargo handling for exporting industries as well as importing actors.
In response to changing market patterns in Sweden and across the Nordic countries, the Port of Norrköping has found new status as a distribution hub for the whole Nordic region. The port company, Port of Norrköping, has been at the forefront of a major ongoing project to expand port facilities and enhance the transport infrastructure so as to take full advantage of this vital status.
The Port of Norrköping has a major catchment area for basic industries in trades like paper, pulp, timber, steel, energy, agriculture and high-technological businesses.
Already, for some years, Norrköping has been home to a cluster of companies specialising in third-party logistics. They have made good use of Norrköping’s first-rate transport links – including two motorways, a main railway and an international airport – to provide manufacturers and other cargo owners with an ideal base for distributing their products, not only in Sweden but across the Nordic region, including Denmark, Norway, Finland and the Baltic States.
More recently, the port company, Port of Norrköping, has added further strength to this vital transport operation by investing in new cargo handling facilities and infrastructure improvements. They include:
• A new state-of-the-art container port and combi terminal at the Pampus Terminal.
• A project to widen and deepen the port’s main approach channel, completed in 2010.
These key investments are made in direct response to the needs and demands of its customers. The NHS believes that both the port and its customers have a common goal, which is to create a really effective logistics network that benefits not only port users and local businesses but also the whole economy of the region. An additional benefit – and a particularly valuable one in Swedish eyes – is the reduction in environmental impact that has been achieved by making greater use of sea and rail transport in preference to road haulage.
The Port of Norrköping has an ongoing mission to attract new business and new investors into Norrköping by creating an ideal environment for cargo handling, storage and distribution services.
Full service port
The handling of seaborne cargo remains a key activity for the port company. Norrköping has the advantage of being a full service port, equipped to handle all kinds of cargo, from unitised traffic to breakbulk and from dry and liquid bulks to heavy lift items.
Norrköping is one of Sweden’s principal gateways for forest products, especially paper, pulp, logs and sawn timber, and a main port for cereals and grain handling and one of its.
The range of goods handled by Norrköping includes:
• Containers and road trailers
• Paper and pulp
• Sawn timber, logs and wood chips
• Petroleum products
• Steel products
• Cereals and grain
• Coal and salt
• Heavy lift items.
The port consists of several terminal areas, and the cargo handling is mainly carried out in three main areas, the Inner Harbour, the Öhman Terminal and the Pampus Terminal. These areas are linked to the national road and rail networks.
The Port of Norrköping has focused much of its new investment on the Pampus Terminal. The newly upgraded approach channel allows availability to the port on a 24-hour basis, without restrictions for bad weather or poor visibility.
In 2010 the Pampus Terminal became a full-service facility with the opening of a purpose-built container port with an integrated combi terminal. This allows Pampus to handle a range of traffic, with direct transfers of cargo between sea, rail and road services. Equipment includes two ship-to-shore gantry cranes, while storage space has been increased, with more covered storage for sawn timber. A new direct, electrified rail link is planned in the near future. This will help to speed the flow of rail freight to and from the Pampus Terminal.
Meanwhile, the Inner Harbour is used for handling and storage of breakbulk, dry and liquid bulks and general cargo. There is also a 350 tonne capacity heavy lift crane, the largest of its kind in Sweden, used for handling project cargo.