The Baltic countries would very much like to see increased trade with the Nordic countries and opportunities exist for beneficial investments in the region, which is also CMP’s local market. However, despite independence, they are not liberated from Russia, neither economically nor geopolitically.
Lars Christensen writes the blog: marketmonetarist.com
Lars Christensen emphasises that trade with Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland means a lot to the countries in the Baltic. However, a lot of input is required to derive benefit from the full potential between the countries.
As the hub for the countries around the Baltic Sea, CMP has targeted a large part of its business on the Baltic Region, including transit of new cars. There is generally a major Scandinavian focus on Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, due to the tremendous economic development they have experienced since they became independent in the 1990s after the break-up of the Soviet Union.
Lars Christensen is a recognized economist with over 20 years’ experience in international economics, emerging markets and monetary policy, and he has lengthy and personal familiarity with the Baltic States and developments in Eastern Europe since the wall came down.
”Trade with Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland means an enormous amount to the Baltic States. To a large degree they have Scandinavia as their model, however, they have a long way to go. Growth remains high, but there is a need for regulation in relation to bureaucracy, pensions, increased immigration and liberalization of the labour market. Investments from Scandinavia are important, for example, Danske Bank is employing 300 staff for an IT-centre in Lithuania. It is a massive investment in a country where 1-200 staff represent a major business,” says Lars Christensen.
”After the break-up of the Soviet Union, a very strong independence movement emerged in the three Baltic countries and in Poland. There was a strong sense of patriotism, dynamics and a great desire to become market economies. This has largely been successful, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania actually had the fastest growing economies in Europe for a period, but they have also been on a rollercoaster since they embraced the market economy and set membership of the EU and NATO and the introduction of the Euro as their most important goals. The Baltic economies are sound, but that’s not something to celebrate.”
”We are talking about small nations, and their development is related to Russia. When we talk about the Baltic States it’s not so much about the Baltic countries themselves, but about what is on the other side, namely Russia. It is therefore not possible to talk about economics in the Baltic States without talking about geopolitics. The desire to be liberated from Russia is real enough, and membership of NATO and the EU is a geopolitical defence against Russia, but in reality the countries are still deeply dependent on Russia. However, democratization and freedom are important, and once you have experienced freedom you don’t give it up.”
The Baltic States have great potential for growth, but are often overlooked. Investments in Russia and Poland are often referred to with large headlines, but there’s not much in the media about investments in the Baltic States.
”When I take the flight to the Baltic States it also strikes me that there are relatively few suits on-board. On the other hand, there are a lot of individual enterprises and start-ups, which are evidence of the favourable conditions for getting something going in the Baltic States. This is how to view it, but it is more difficult to identify immediately. It should also be remembered that it takes less time to fly from Copenhagen to Kaunas in Lithuania than from Copenhagen to Stockholm. It’s just around the corner,” says Lars Christensen.
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Specialist in High and Heavy
CMP is not just a specialist in car imports, but also in bus and lorry chassis, wheel-loaders, fork-lift trucks and much more in the high and heavy segment. Read more
This is how ships are monitored in the Sound
Shipping in the Sound is monitored through a successful Danish-Swedish collaboration. Incidents are few and far between in the busy and hard to navigate sound. Read more
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Barbara – CMP’s new
She has experience of shipping, commerce and the Chinese market. Meet Barbara Scheel Agersnap, new Deputy CEO of CMP. Read more
Simplicity ensures smooth project loads
Keep it simple. This is how CMP’s Johan Ullenby summarises the collaboration with UTC – a collaboration that has paved the way for smooth handling of project loads. Read more
The Baltic States –
a growth area
There is a major potential for growth in the Baltic States, which is frequently forgotten. So says Lars Christensen, economist and expert in developments in the Baltic region. Read more
GreenPort Congress in Copenhagen
GreenPort Congress is focussed on environmental management in Europe’s ports. CMP is host for this year’s event, which is being held in Copenhagen. Read more
Cruises producing growth in the Baltic region
Cruise traffic can become the Baltic region’s new engine for growth. This was emphasised at CMP’s seminar during Almedalen week in Visby. Read more
CMP expanding at Prøvestenen
CMP’s capacity is now increasing within dry bulk at Prøvestenen.
IN THIS ISSUE
The industrial park in Malmö gets underway
Development in Malmö Industrial Park is now making progress. Several companies have reserved plots in the area, and construction work will commence in the autumn. Read more
Competitiveness and growth at centre stage. Read more
Quality makes an impression
– CMP must continue to deliver strong products and a high level of service, as well as exploit our geographical location in order to retain and attract more freight, says Barbara Scheel Agersnap.
The address and the challenges might be new, but not CMP’s new Deputy CEO’s interest in business and shipping
As new Deputy CEO for CMP, Barbara Scheel Agersnap has brought with her solid experience of the shipping industry and international commerce, most recently as Executive Director at the Foreign Office’s Innovation Centre Denmark in Shanghai, which helps Danish companies to expand in the Chinese market.
– I worked in China for over three years, and previously travelled a great deal in China in connection with my job in shipping, and it was very exciting to experience the Asian market at close hand. I now have the opportunity to experience the entire value chain and the business in China, from innovation and production to logistics. It has given me a good insight into Chinese culture and business and about how to build up and maintain relationships in China, says Barbara Scheel Agersnap.
From her office on Containervej she has a good view of the container terminal and the cruise ships at Ocean Quay.
– From my office in Shanghai I couldn’t see the port at all, but it is good to be back. I have been working in shipping for 15 years, and have had both operational roles and more strategic roles. I am very happy with the industry.
– Since I started on 1 June I have formed an impression of the dynamics in CMP. I have noted the quality, and that everybody makes an effort and that there is a sense of pride about working in the port. And that’s great, because quality is also required in the competitive situation in which we find ourselves.
– We are located in the part of Europe which emerged from the crisis in the best shape, but there is no law of nature that dictates a specific flow of freight. We have to deliver a good product and a high level of service, and we have to exploit our locations to the greatest extent possible. It is important to retain and attract more freight, Barbara says.
PHOTO: Johan Ramberg
UTC Overseas is a global specialist in what are known as project loads, in other words, freight that is heavy, bulky or complex in some way. The company’s Swedish office is located in Helsingborg, where Mikael Svensson and his colleagues coordinate project loads throughout the world.
”For example, we work with construction machinery, mining equipment and power generators. The freight often weighs between 70 and 300 tonnes, and the customers include companies such as Volvo Construction Equipment, ABB and Siemens”, says Mikael Svensson, Country Manager for UTC in Sweden. As project agent, UTC is not just involved in the actual shipment, but on many occasions also in the customer’s product development and in the installation when the technology and machinery is subsequently put into operation. This means that the most extensive projects can last several years.
”Working in this niche places especially high requirements on both quality and expertise”, observes Mikael Svensson. “We therefore have a large network of engineers, technicians and other specialists who help to tailor our services so that they always match the customer’s requirements”.
Project load to HelsingborgCMP and UTC implemented a joint project about a year ago. It concerned a temporary hospital building in Helsingborg. A construction kit with 170 hospital modules had to be shipped from Germany and put together in Helsingborg. Each module was unique, weighed 30 tonnes and had to be delivered at the right time so that the assembly could function as planned.
”We concluded that CMP was the right collaborative partner”, says Mikael Svensson. “The price was right and CMP offered both a port of shipment and a storage hub in Malmö”.
Mikael is pleased with the collaboration and emphasises the sense of service and initiative that CMP demonstrated – and the ability to focus on opportunities rather than problems.
”There was a willingness to meet our preconditions in relation to factors such as opening hours, staffing, technology and expertise which meant that the collaboration ran smoothly”, he says. “When the modules were stored in Malmö, CMP took the initiative to carry out inspections to ensure that they were properly protected. This is the sort of thing we appreciate. ”The flow of information between us also worked well”, he continues. “Moreover, the deliveries went smoothly. The modules had to be delivered in a particular order to Helsingborg and we didn’t have a single delay”.
Keep it simple!Johan Ullenby is responsible for Port and Terminal Operations in CMP. He summarizes his own way of working with the words ”Keep it simple”. It involves impartially addressing which needs and requirements the customer has and then producing the technology and staffing that is needed. ”Commitment and a sense of service are also very important. And in this context it entails working in a non-bureaucratic and courteous way internally and showing respect and transparency to each other. It is then easier to create a positive spirit, which means that the staff give that little bit extra”.
”Another explanation for the collaboration with UTC going so well was that our Key Account Manager Ann-Charlotte Halldén Åkesson worked closely with the customer”, he continues. “She quickly grasped what it involved, got internal support and then came up with the right solution. Simple!”
UTC and CMP implemented another project during the summer. This time it involved mechanical equipment for Indonesia. Once again it concerned large, bulky technology that was delivered to Malmö, assembled on site in the port for testing, dismantled, packaged and shipped out.
UTC Overseas specialises in project loads that can be both heavy and bulky. The company has collaborated with CMP on several successful projects. And CMP’s Johan Ullenby summarises the formula behind the successes with the words ”Keep it simple”
Keep it simple – the key to effective project loads
UTC Overseas is a global specialist in project loads, in other words, freight that is unusually large, heavy or bulky in other ways. The company has collaborated with CMP in several projects.
Within a couple of years CMP aim for doubling the capacity of handling bulk in Copenhagen. This is possible with the new Environmental Permit to developing the area of Prøvestenen. Several companies connected to the Building Industry now stand ready to move in.
CMP good to go at Prøvestenen
It is common knowledge that CMP has a car handling operation, usually involving passenger cars. 400,000 cars enter Scandinavia, Baltics and Russia via CMP every year. However, there is also another segment of wheeled vehicles, known as High and Heavy. CMP is still just at the start of developing this area.
CMP has the capacity and expertise to handle all kinds of machinery in the segment known as High and Heavy. The numerous arrivals to CMP mean that the customers do not need to be dependent on a single shipping company
“We can increase it endlessly. We have terminals and quays that have the volumes and warehouses for storage both inside and outside”, says Björn Larsson, terminal manager at CMP.
“We also have more frequent arrivals compared with other ports in, which provides flexibility for the customer”, he continues. CMP’s geographic location is also perfect in relation to both the Continent and the Baltic Sea, as well as to the Baltic States and Russia and the global networks that the shipping companies create in their shipping lines.
High and Heavy refers to bulky freight – large vehicles such as bus- and lorry chassis, wheel-mounted loaders, fork-lift trucks, mining machinery, mobile cranes and combine harvesters, basically everything that rolls and which is not a passenger car. But it can also involve large prepackaged packing machines that are stored in large wooden crates.
“We have the expertise to handle all kinds of machinery”, Björn Larsson observes. “The frequent arrivals also mean that the customer does not need to be tied to just one shipping company. We have several shipping companies that call at CMP”.
At least one of the large, container-like ships comes to CMP every week. These ships can raise and lower their floors and have enormous cargo capacity. Almost all high and heavy operations involve exports.
The ships usually depart from Frihamnen in Malmö, but it is also possible to load High and Heavy from Norra Hamnen – with Finnlines. The benefit here is that they depart as often as three times a day, all to Travemünde.
“From Frihamnen it is most likely that the ships go to the Continent – to the ports in Emden, Zeebrugge and Bremerhaven. Some individual shipping companies or arrivals go to Göteborg”, Björn Larsson says.
Just as with the private car operation, precision and great accuracy is required when loading and unloading. However, the distance between the vehicles must be somewhat greater to enable both long and short sides to be firmly secured. The drivers are all experienced with a high level of expertise within the area.
“Our vast know-how and high quality, in combination with a fantastic range of ship arrivals and destinations through the majority of the major shipping companies gives customers unique potential to ship their High and Heavy freight through CMP’s terminals. We guarantee a fast and secure solution together with the shipping companies, which gives the customer cost-effective solutions and a guarantee of stability and development", says Johan Ullenby, COO Port & Terminal Operations at CMP.
CMP has a high level of capacity within high and heavy
CMP is host for GreenPort Congress 2015, where participants from ports in Europe meet in Copenhagen in October to discuss environmental issues.
The GreenPort Cruise and GreenPort Congress 2015 international conferences are taking place in Copenhagen, 6-9 October 2015.
Emissions, waste and congestion are the most important subjects that will be discussed when delegates from throughout the world assemble for the GreenPort Congress in DGI-Byen in Copenhagen, 7-9 October.
”At CMP we are proud to be acting as host for GPC in Copenhagen. CMP has a prominent green profile, and we are delighted to be involved in further developing the environmental side of port operations,” says Gert Nørgaard, Strategy and Planning Manager, CMP.
Unique for so many people to attend a meeting about the environment”It is unique, the fact that we are capable of getting so many people together on these issues, and that we can increase the focus on legislation and relevant political issues across the day-to-day boundaries,” says Events Manager Isobel Roberts from GreenPort Congress.
GreenPort Congress is a meeting place where the delegates can acquire new knowledge and discuss the latest developments within sustainability and environmental practice, and thereby be more capable of increasing environmental considerations and bringing down CO2 emissions from their workplace. This is the tenth time that the GreenPort Congress will be focusing on the environmental situation in the ports, and the conference is particularly targeting the people who work in administration, logistics, environment and energy for ports, shipping companies, shipping, transport, port towns etc. Danish ports’ best practice, and the requirements they set for all stakeholders in the industry, is one of the topics which will be addressed at the conference.
”In Europe we have stricter statutory requirements, and we are generally in the forefront in terms of the environment, and the delegates are almost all from Europe, however, we always have contributions from the rest of the world too. Even though they might lag behind Europe, they are clear about what has to be improved.” says Isobel Roberts.
An important part of GreenPort Congress is the three daily working groups that the delegates can choose from.
”The working groups are important because they are smaller groups where the delegates both have the opportunity to exchange experiences and obtain new knowledge, and to expand their networks, which is an important benefit of attending. We always ensure that the working groups have a good chairperson, who can get the discussion going. ”
The cruise sector has its own dayThe day before – 6 October – the GreenPort Cruise conference will focus on cruises and the environmental challenges this form of port activity creates, and how the challenges can be resolved.
”The cruise sector has its own problems. The number of passengers is growing, and cruise destinations are often small harbours that are close to historic town centres, so noise and vibrations can be a problem. Thousands of visitors arriving in the course of a day can create major problems for the towns, but also for shipping companies, terminals and bus operators. Another important issue is the waste from the ships,” says Isobel Roberts.
Before the delegates travel home on 9 October they will have the opportunity to take part in a guided tour of Copenhagen Malmö Port.
CMP is host for GreenPort Cruise and GreenPort Congress 2015
New shuttle rail service between Malmö and Stockholm
Future location of the container terminal in Copenhagen to be investigated
More passengers travelling with DFDS
Green Cargo’s new direct shuttle between Malmö and Stockholm is now in operation, linking CMP and Northern Harbour in an attractive new intermodal logistics service.
“The collaboration with Green Cargo in Northern Harbour commenced in early 2014 and gave us access to a large network with numerous destinations”, says Ann-Charlotte Halldén Åkeson, Key Account Manager within CMP. The service and coverage is now being improved even further through a direct shuttle with competitive transit times and flexible handling. This gives the customers access to a comprehensive logistics solution with the port in Malmö as hub.
Green Cargo is Sweden’s most experienced actor within rail logistics. The company offers eco-labelled door-to-door transports in a network that extends throughout Sweden. Green Cargo also reaches thousands of locations on the European continent via partners. The service is based at CMP’s combi-terminal in Northern Harbour, with daily departures Monday – Thursday and on Sundays. The customers can drop off freight as late as 7 in the evening and have it delivered at 6.30 in Stockholm/Årsta the next morning. For example, Green Cargo currently handles parts of the RoRo traffic that arrives from the continent via Finnlines.
“As we see it, there is also great potential for other companies that have operations in the vicinity of Northern harbour, or in other parts of Malmö”, says Ann-Charlotte Halldén-Åkesson. The new direct shuttle is moreover an environmentally-friendly alternative to the many road haulage services between Malmö and Stockholm.
“CMP has both the space and overall capacity in Northern Harbour to handle combi-traffic effectively”, she concludes. ”In the long term we also feel that the direct shuttle will be an asset for those companies that have now started to establish themselves in the nearby Malmö Industrial Park”.
A relocation of the container terminal is a necessary part of the urban development of Copenhagen and the further development of Nordhavn (Northern Harbour). CMP, who operates the container terminal in Nordhavn, will therefore investigate new options for the future location of the container terminal. The current master plan from 2009 for the development of the Nordhavn port area in Copenhagen outlines that the present location of the container terminal in Nordhavn is not a long-term alternative. Consequently, an investigation was initiated during the spring of 2015 to assess the options regarding a potential relocation of CMP’s (Copenhagen Malmö Port) container terminal. The development plans for Nordhavn allow for a relocation of the container terminal to Ydre Nordhavn (the Outer Northern Harbour). Simultaneously, the Port of Køge has approached CMP in the same matter.
The Port of Køge has approached CMP regarding a possible relocation of the future container terminal to Køge. Thus, CMP and the Port of Køge have now signed a letter of intent to explore the possibilities for future cooperation. The investigation of such cooperation will be carried out over the next six months.It’s essential for us that the future location of the container terminal continues to provide the best conditions to serve our area and our customers.
The Port of Køge, with its central location, improved port conditions, and good infrastructure is an interesting alternative to the current location of the terminal in Nordhavn. Therefore, the Port of Køge and CMP have signed a letter of intent to explore the possibility of locating a container terminal in the Port of Køge with CMP as tenant and operator, says Johan Röstin, CEO of CMP.
Twenty per cent – that’s how great the increase in ferry passengers on the route between Copenhagen and Oslo is so far in 2015. DFDS operates the popular service, where the number of passengers has increased almost every month since December last year. As reported by standby.dk.
”I am sure that it is our large-scale investments in the two ferries on the Copenhagen-Oslo route that are now starting to bear fruit. Growth such as this does not come about on its own”, says Kevin Helsinghof, country manager for DFDS in Denmark and Sweden. DFDS is even expecting the number of passengers in 2015 to be the highest for five years.
Last year DFDS completed the refurbishment of the ferries Crown Seaways and Pearl Seaways – investments that amounted to DK 120 million. About 10% of the Danish passengers that travel between Copenhagen and Oslo do so in connection with meetings or conferences – in other words, what is usually called the MICE segment.
Despite this, there are few accidents in the Sound. Every year Sound VTS helps to avert up to 30 potential groundings, which might otherwise have led to unfortunate incidents. The aim is to have no groundings at all, which was achieved in 2014. We haven’t had any such incidents this year either”, says Marco Svantesson, touching the table cautiously.
Like CMP, Sound VTS is a splendid example of successful collaboration across the Sound. The Swedish part of Soundrep comes under the Swedish Maritime Administration and the Danish part under the Danish Navy.
“The fact that we are located together is globally unique. We have completely erased the border between Sweden and Denmark in the Sound. We make no distinction whether the boat is on the Swedish or the Danish side of the sound, it is completely seamless. All employees – from both sides of the sound – work here at Sound VTS and we have the same operational procedures. Number of operators, expenses and so on – everything is divided equally between our two countries. And we eat open sandwiches at meetings”, says Marco Svantesson laughing.
The working language is English, but among ourselves we also speak Danish and Swedish of course. The operators who monitor the Sound work 12-hour shifts. And it doesn’t take long before they learn to understand each other. We are right at the top of the Öresundshuset building in Malmö. The view over the sea is enchanting. Two operators are here at all times monitoring the shipping traffic round the clock, a third is on stand by.
We are primarily a service function. The operators have direct contact with the ships and provide them with information about the weather conditions, other ship movements of a special nature and currents. One important aspect is intervening proactively when we see that things are going wrong. Our work can be compared with air-traffic control to some extent. The motto we go by is: ”Correct and relevant information in time so that the right decisions can be taken on board.” And it’s not always easy. During our visit VTS operator Dirk Kihlström struggles to understand a Philippine ship officer whose English is not particularly easy to interpret. Lousy English among the officers is not unusual. So from our side, razor-sharp information is required, not many words and clarity, says Marco Svantesson.
Every year up to 40,000 ships pass through the Sound and this doesn’t include the ferry services. And for Sound VTS to be involved the ships have to be at least 300 gross tonnes. The ships travel in the two large channels, Flintrännan and Drogden, equivalent to motorways on land. If the ship is taller than 35 metres Kastrup Airport has to be informed, which then pays particular attention to air traffic while the ship passes through. This is so that the prescribed margins can be maintained.
A large area is monitored by Sound; from Kullen in the north to Gilleleje and Falsterbonäset in the south.
Sound VTS was formed in 2006, to start with as an EU-financed project. “The IMO resolution (International Maritime Organization) came into force on 1 September 2011, at which time we were given the name Soundrep and the area was expanded to encompass the whole of the Sound”. Marco Svantesson has considered taking the initiative for a collaborative forum for the actors involved in the Sound. So far it it’s still at the idea stage.
“This would enable us to build new bridges and find even more areas in which to cooperate”.
A busy and hard to navigate sound that is narrow, with fast-flowing water and rapid changes in water level and small margins in relation to draught. That is how Marco Svantesson describes the Sound. He manages the Swedish part of Soundrep.
Busy sound under
Sound VTS is a shining example of a successful collaboration across the Sound, with Danes and Swedes successfully monitoring the shipping in the area together.
Cruises – an engine for growth
CMP host for GreenPort Congress
Focus on High and Heavy
The Baltic region has potential
PHOTO: Johan Ramberg
You could say that the main emphasis in the autumn issue of CMP News is on two areas – competitiveness and growth. The terms are closely linked and represent two areas with which we work proactively in CMP in order to develop our operations even further. On of the people you will meet in this issue is the economist and business analyst Lars Christensen, who provides a background to developments in the Baltic region, in other words, the area that constitutes one of CMP’s most important markets, and where we are making a number of future investments. It concerns cruise traffic, where our collaboration with region Gotland and the expansion in Visby was addressed at a seminar in Almedalen this summer. There is great potential and cruise traffic is regarded as a new engine for growth in the region.
Our new Deputy CEO Barbara Scheel Agersnap is interviewed in one of the articles. I am proud that we were able to bring Barbara on board. Her experience is impressive, and will be an important asset in the development work that is taking place – not least in the interesting Chinese market.
Two other areas with a link to our growth are respectively, high and heavy and project loads, which are presented in separate articles. These segments have several points of contact, and I am pleased that CMP is well positioned - both in terms of technical capacity and expertise – in two areas that offer great potential. To some extent, it involves a further development of our know-how within car imports and I think that my colleague Johan Ullenby summarises CMP’s working method and approach well – Keep it simple! Because it is through simple, smart and customised solutions that we will attract more customers within high and heavy and project loads.
Last but not least, CMP News notes that we are hosts for GreenPort Congress 2015. This gives us the opportunity to influence the agenda that governs much of the environmental work in Europe’s ports.
Enjoy the read!
Johan Röstin, CEO of CMP
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growth at centre stage
CMP News is distributed by Copenhagen Malmö Port AB (CMP).
Editor: Johan Röstin.
Writers: Nils Francke, Kajsa Jacobsson, Fredrik Lilieblad and Lotta Solding.
Contact address: CMP, Terminalgatan 18, Box 566, 201 25 Malmö, Sweden.
CMP, Containervej 9, Box 900, 2150 Nordhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark.
More companies for Malmö Industrial Park
Malmö Industrial Park (MIP) is a new industrial estate located in direct connection with CMP’s facilities in Northern Harbour. It is primarily companies within manufacturing, processing and distribution that are being offered attractive and centrally located industrial land in the area. A total of 500,000 square metres is being made available for new establishments. Development of the entire area is expected to be completed in about ten years time, in the mid-2020s.
Skanska and Prologis first on siteMIP is now gradually being opened up for establishments and the construction and installation company had already reserved a 35,000 square metre site. Skanska will build a so-called ”kubiklager”, where premises are then leased to companies engaged in logistics.
Another site was reserved in May, this time by the global company Prologis. The new establishment comprises 100,000 square metres, and is the largest reservation in the area to date. Prologis develops and leases logistics facilities to the manufacturing industry and the retail sector, as well as to companies engaged in transportation and third party logistics. The modern logistics facilities are located in the metropolitan areas and other logistics hubs.
” Prologis is an interesting partner. It is engaged both nationally and internationally in attracting the right companies to the logistics faculties in Malmö Industrial Park”, says Ann-Charlotte Halldén Åkeson, Key Account Manager at CMP.
Centrally located areaThe industrial park’s geographic location makes it simple to distribute freight throughout Northern Europe. As rail, road and sea traffic are linked in Malmö Industrial Park, the trimodal logistics solutions are also well-developed. These solutions enable freight to be simply transferred between rail, road and sea.
”Prologis’ logistics operation will enable new corporate establishments, which are expected to produce more jobs and contribute to growth in Malmö”, concludes Klas Johansson, Real Estate Director at Malmö City.
The local plan became legally valid in May. This sets out the rules for what can be built and which operations can be located in the industrial park. The development is taking place in several stages, starting in the southern part of the area. Planning was completed before the summer and procurement of the construction work has now commenced, the street system for example. Malmö City anticipates the work starting in November. The companies that have reserved land in the area will now be able to start construction work on their sites.
Yet another international company has reserved a site in Malmö Industrial Park. This time it involves Prologis, which develops and leases logistics facilities throughout the world. Work on streets and other infrastructure in the industrial area will also start in the autumn.
Several sites are already reserved in Malmö Industrial Park. Construction work will start in the industrial estate, which is located in direct connection with CMP’s facilities in Northern Harbour, in the autumn.
Cruises - an engine for growth in the Baltic region
Cruise traffic can become a new engine for growth in the Baltic region. This was something the participants in CMP’s well-attended seminar in Almedalen were unanimous about.
At a packed seminar in Visby during this summer’s Almedalen week, the panel were in agreement on one thing - that cruise traffic in the Baltic has great potential for further development. Via sustainable solutions, continued cooperation and a high level of service, cruises can be the region’s new engine for growth.
Almedalen week is held every year in Visby on Gotland. The Swedish political parties, companies and interest organisations gather there to discuss politics and social issues. Thousands of seminars, conferences and other events are held during Almedalen week, which attracted some 35,000 participants in 2015. CMP arranged its own seminar this year too. The theme was the importance of cruise traffic for growth in the Baltic region.
The number of passengers on cruises that visit Sweden is increasing all the time, as is the proportion of cruise passengers out of the total number of tourists. Populous countries like China and Australia are becoming increasingly interested in cruises. Johan Röstin, CEO of CMP, feels that this represents major opportunities, but also challenges.
”An increased number of passengers in each ship that arrives also places greater demands on the structure and logistics in the port”.
Johan Castvall, CEO of Ports of Stockholm, a major collaborator with CMP, emphasised the importance of a longer cruise season, longer mooring times and improved environmental management.
”We look forward to putting new rules in place for grey- and blackwater during 2019”, he said.
Anna Petersson, Head of Section at the Maritime and Civil Aviation Department, Swedish Transport Agency, perceived major benefits in the ports’ impatience in relation to environmental issues while awaiting international regulations to come into force.
”Collecting good examples from a range of ports enables Sweden to be marketed as a sustainable alternative, which can also make us competitive”, she felt, receiving support from Ulrika Hallesius, Director of Public Affairs & Corporate Communications, VisitSweden:
”Cruise traffic is an important way to increase tourism overall in Sweden. It is precisely the quality aspect that is important in distinguishing us”, she felt.