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BTJ 3-4/17 - Report: Baltic ro-ro & ferry and container markets

Publication date: 2017-08-28

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BTJ 3-4/17 - Report: Baltic ro-ro & ferry and container markets

North Europe resembles to a certain degree an archipelago with "islands," like... 

... Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the Netherlands, mostly trading with each other.

They're connected via "bridges," be them regular ro-ro and ro-pax or feeder services.

The very first of them - a rail ferry - was set up in 1892 between Helsingør and Helsingborg.

Over a century later the sea bridge idea is still alive and kicking, the Baltic Sea being a very "unitised" region in this regard, with a diminishing, yet still fair share of break-bulk in the overall general cargo landscape.

Bridge(s) over calm waters, by Marek Błuś

The 3-4/2017 issue of Baltic Transport Journal in the Report section features also:

  • Ahead of the game - Interview with Ron Gerlach, Stena Line's Trade Director Germany, by Przemysław Myszka

Both the figures and market mood seem to indicate that there's currently a high tide for the ro-ro & ferry business, previously haunted by the risks of stricter emission regulations and high bunker prices. We are talking with Ron Gerlach, responsible for Stena Line's routes to and from Germany, about his company's recent performance, cooperation with EKOL and the swap agreement with TT-Line, Baltic network reshufflings, and Stena Line's move within Gothenburg. We are also asking him to share his thoughts on SECA and Brexit.

  • Halfway between. Latest developments in the Szczecin-Świnoujście port complex, by Monika Woźniak-Lewandowska, Communication and PR Specialist, Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority

The Szczecin-Świnoujście port complex is a crucial link in the trade routes connecting Scandinavia and Southern Europe in general, and in the Baltic-Adriatic TEN-T Core Corridor in particular. As such, it is continuously developing to increase its freight-handling capacity. Awarding a contract encompassing a feasibility study and civil engineering design for upgrading the Świnoujście ferry terminal to better serve intermodal traffic has been one of the latest achievements in this regard. However, other projects are in the pipeline as well.

  • Working some weight of. Interview with Danny de Koning, Technical Manager, Samskip, by Przemysław Myszka

"A container is a container," one might say bluntly. But the devil is in the details. Just like cars, for example, today's boxes can sometimes differ significantly from their counterparts made two or three decades ago. We're talking with Danny de Koning, who cut his teeth on container development, about how boxes have changed over the years, why lighter means better, and what we can expect to happen to the good ol'container in the future.

  • Agent of change. Interview with GEODIS' Farhad Kayyum, Regional Product Manager - Rail for EMEA, by Przemysław Myszka

It seems that these days everybody is talking about the New Silk Road and China's One Belt, One Road policy, in the past a hype among a small group of pioneers, but now a must in the portfolio of serious transport and logistics companies. We're talking with Farhad Kayyum from the Levallois-Perret-based GEODIS about his company's involvement in the initiative, past and present experiences, future expectations, and how the Baltic fits into all of this.

  • For the taking. Container barge pilot tests in Poland and Sweden, by Laura Normio, Communication Manager, EMMA

The share of inland waterways in EU's freight transport market is only about 7% these days, a surprising fact given that a single river barge can carry up to 40 times the load of a truck in both a more economical and environmentally friendly way. The recent container barge pilots in Poland and Sweden have proved the potential of inland shipping the Baltic Sea region countries offer.

  • Reefers in the digital age. Smarter refrigeration, by Katsuhiro Tetsuya, Director, Daikin Reefer

The continued growth of global populations and average salaries, combined with the increased demand for year-round imports, is facilitating the expansion of the reefer segment. According to Drewry, a global shipping consultancy, seaborne reefer cargo trade will reach a staggering 120 mln tn by 2020, increasing by an average of 2.5% per annum.

  • The time has come. Tracking of automated container handling equipment, by Andreas Schmitt

Automating one's operations isn't anymore a fad for tech-wired enthusiasts only, but more often than not - simply a necessity to stay competitive in today's market. That's why IDENTEC, supported by its Vilnius-based regional partner and system engineering company AUTEPRA, has been contracted to supply its process automation and fleet telematics Container Terminal Automation System (CTAS) to the Baltic Container Terminal Gdynia (BCT Gdynia).

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