Latest news from Kvarken Ports
We welcome our new Harbor Master
We are strengthening the team in Umeå with Markus Franzén as the new Harbor Master. - Markus' experience and competence will strengthen our team in many respects. He comes in at the right time considering the port's continued development and we are very happy that Markus has come to us, says Patrick Mattsson, vice president of Kvarken Ports.
Cooperation agreement between Kvarken Ports and RISE to develop Port of Umeå
Kvarken Ports and RISE (Research Institute of Sweden) strengthen their cooperation through a new cooperation agreement. The aim is to cooperate for capacity building in port innovation and thus port development.- Through our collaboration with RISE, we are strengthening the conditions for port development. Together, we get a knowledge platform which in turn will lead to strengthening the port as a sustainable transport, energy and digital node, says Christer Nederstedt, sales and marketing manager at Kvarken Ports in Umeå.
KUEHNE+NAGEL Establishes 3PL Operations in Umeå
Kuehne+Nagel continues its expansion by opening a 10,000 m2 3PL warehouse in Umeå. The connection to shipping and access to efficient railway connections were aspects in choosing Umeå port for this establishment.
Wasaline launches Green Corridor Fridays
Wasaline will start operating with certified biogas one day a week from October 13, in preparation for the EU emissions trading system that will come into force next year. Biogas is more expensive than LNG (liquefied natural gas), the current primary fuel of M/S Aurora Botnia, but the company will cover the extra costs on behalf of its customers. With certified biogas, all Friday departures until Christmas will be climate neutral.
The port of Umeå has doubled the amount of railway transports in a year
The opening of a new railway terminal has fueled growth in the Port of Umeå. The amount of rail traffic has doubled in less than a year, and the interest towards this new transport mode is still growing.Port operator Kvarken Ports opened a new railway terminal in the Port of Umeå in 2022. The new terminal enables intermodal transports to pass through Umeå. In intermodal freight transport the goods stay in the same container or trailer unit while the transportation mode changes (e.g. from ship to train). The amount of railway traffic from the port doubled during the first year of operations.
Strong growth in traffic at the Port of Vaasa
Future prospects for the port are also excellent
Freight volumes via Umeå's facilities increased in 2022
Recent figures from Umeå's facilities show that the amount of goods to and from the region increased in 2022.- In recent years, even during the pandemic, we have seen a stable increase in the number of handled cargo units (TEU) via Port of Umeå and Umeå combi terminal. Among other things, increased exports of wood products, Wasaline's new ferry and the ongoing new industrialization in the Northern Sweden are behind the increase, where Umeå is becoming the region's natural logistic node. We also feel that more people are willing to invest in more environmentally friendly transport and then shipping and rail are the natural alternatives, which could be another reason for the increase, says INAB's market strategist Daniel Rönnberg.
Best ever quarter for Wasaline – Turnover increased by 165%
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, which continued with restrictions in January and February, Wasaline is moving towards a strong year with the new ferry Aurora Botnia, which met all expectations. The half-year volume with passengers increased 471% and in the second quarter the increase was 583%. Half-year turnover has increased by 132% and during the second quarter turnover increased by 165%.The cargo traffic has set records every month. Cargo units have increased by 14.3%.
Business-oriented site manager strengthens Kvarken Ports
Kvarken Ports, which manages the operations of the ports of Umeå and Vaasa, is strengthening its operations in Umeå with a business-oriented site manager who will help to further strengthen Umeå as the logistics hub of northern Europe.
- We are really looking forward to working with Patrick Mattsson. He will be a strong support for our growing organization and an important asset with his many years of logistics experience and his broad network, says Teijo Seppelin, CEO of Kvarken Ports.
The freight volumes via the port of Umeå reach an all-time high despite pandemic years
Kvarken Ports, which manages the operations of the ports of Umeå and Vaasa, reports another record year for freight volumes in the port of Umeå for 2021 despite the prevailing pandemic situation.
- Last year was another record year and we see a continued stable increase, says Christer Nederstedt, sales and marketing manager at Kvarken Ports.