Gothenburg adds another rail link

Gothenburg adds another rail link

Karlshamn is set to acquire a rail shuttle that will link the industrial base of southeast Sweden with the Port of Gothenburg and the world. The shuttle will be operated in collaboration with SCT Transport, one of Sweden’s largest container transport providers.

“Each week around 30 containers will be loaded onto rail trucks instead of road trucks,” said Svante Altås, SCT Transport chief executive. “This represents a significant environmental gain as we can eliminate 30 journeys by truck, equivalent to a driving distance of 10,200 km per week. There is a great deal of interest among companies in southeast Sweden in transporting goods by rail to the Port of Gothenburg.”

SCT Transport will operate the Gothenburg-Karlshamn service once a week in both directions during the summer. The plan is to add further weekly departures during the autumn.

The core volumes are sheet metal parts from the Volvo plant in Olofström destined for China although it is hoped that other types of freight that are currently being transported by road to and from southeast Sweden can be switched to rail.

At present rail transport accounts for half the container traffic to and from the Port of Gothenburg container terminal.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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