The inauguration of the Northern Harbour – a milestone for CMP

Some 300 people attended the inauguration of the Northern Harbour on Wednesday. This major new investment is a milestone for Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP), which is also celebrating its tenth anniversary.

“We now have the space to expand by another 500 per cent. So make sure it becomes a reality,” Ilmar Reepalu, the Chairman of Malmö’s City Executive Board, urged.

Before the opening ceremony a number of specially invited guests went on a tour of the harbour by boat. On board were, in addition to Ilmar Reepalu, the Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, CMP’s CEO, Johan Röstin, and the CEO of Skanska Sweden, Anders Danielsson. Johan Wester acted as Master of Ceremonies. With his usual humour, he guided the guests through speeches, breathtaking performances by acrobats under the new container crane and finally the dinner.

In his speech Ilmar Reepalu expressed particular gratitude to the former Mayor of Copenhagen, Jens Karmer Mikkelsen, for his role in helping to establish the partnership in the port which eventually evolved into CMP.
“This is an example of how Europe can exist without borders,” Ilmar Reepalu said.
Jens Kramer Mikkelsen’s successor, Frank Jensen, addressed the same theme when he spoke about the ever stronger ties between Malmö and Copenhagen.
“Ilmar and I are completely agreed that we need to work together to strengthen the integration and expansion of the Northern Harbour, which is of key importance for the whole Öresund region. It is of no significance whether it happens in Malmö or Copenhagen, because it’s good for the Öresund region, so it’s good for Copenhagen,” Frank Jensen stressed.

The Northern Harbour investment is the biggest port investment in Sweden for several decades. The first step towards creating an efficient, sustainable 1.5 million square metre transport hub has now been completed.

The City of Malmö has invested SEK 1 billion in new port facilities and terminals.
“In view of the increase in international goods traffic, new transport flows and Malmö’s strategic location in the Baltic Sea region, the Northern Harbour investment is of immense importance,” Johan Röstin, CMP’s CEO, said.
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