Freight News September

The summer arrives quicker every year, and I must say that this period of the year is at the top of a good life. I did a lot of things far away from the normal working day and enjoyed every minute of the holiday.

Two weeks ago I held the first Group Freight Management team meeting in Riga after the holiday period. It is always a lot of fun to meet and discuss our challenges for the period to come.

The freight market in Western Europe is strong and we have exceeded our budget in 2015 year to date.

I feel that a lot of our customers business is good and that our transport industry needs improved margins to be able to make progress and invest for the future. The number of sailings at full capacity in our network is good proof of your support and business growth.

My concerns are still the Eastern market and in August we have reduced our frequency and capacity between Travemünde and Latvia to one vessel.  Hopefully the corridor to Russia will recover but I don't feel this will happen in 2015.

The summer doesn’t seem to be over- September has given us some lovely sunny days and my motorbike is still shining outside the window - let's take a tour!

Freight Director 
Björn Petrusson

New Area Sales Manager in Norway.

Linn Victoria Nordbakke has been appointed as Area Sales Manager Norway.

Linn will work on looking after our Norwegian freight customers and on expanding our Customs Service products in Svinesund in co -operation with the team in Frederikshavn and the rest of the teams in Region Nordic Countries & Poland.

New appointed Freight Manager Central Europe

Christoph Schwarz will bring additional strength to the Freight sales team in Central Europe, with his logistics background, especially in Intermodal logistics.


Christoph comes from a position as Manager of the North South trades within Kombiverkehr, and within Stena Line Freight he will report to the Freight Commercial Manager Central Europe and will focus on network sales in that market area.

Linking south of Sweden to Finland

In a transhipment cooperation with SOL we can now offer a frequent RoRo service between Trelleborg and Hanko. This offers fixed scheduled departure times at a combined price through one single booking.

We ship unaccompanied trailers, containers and project cargo. Please contact your usual sales contact with us for more information and our Customer Service Teams for your bookings.

Stena Line and the Port of Rotterdam agree to build a second berth at Europoort

Stena Line and the Port of Rotterdam announced their collaboration to build a second berth at the Stena Line terminal at Europoort*, as part of a 27 million Euro investment.

Freight volumes between Rotterdam and the UK have continued to grow in recent years as the economy recovers from the crash in 2008 and predictions for sustained future growth are positive.

Annika Hult, Route Manager, Stena Line North Sea said "We are pleased with the development of the second berth in Rotterdam and of our routes to Harwich and Killingholme. We believe in the future of Europoort as a strong freight hub on the North Sea and are committed to the development of the terminal as part of a long term investment plan. The second berth allows us to fully facilitate business development long-term and to meet future customer demand."

Joyce Bliek, Director Containers at Port of Rotterdam: "This is a big investment and demonstrates the confidence in the RoRo-market's long-term development and the growing freight volumes to and from Rotterdam. The Port of Rotterdam is committed to enable further growth; amongst others via developing additional rail capacity to strengthen the RoRo rail infrastructure."

The work to develop the new berth, with a length of 212m and 6.30m draft, will start shortly and is expected to be completed in Q1 2017. The current berth will then be renewed and both berths are planned to be operational by January 1, 2018 offering Stena Line much greater flexibility to service the growing freight market.

*Europoort is owned by the Port of Rotterdam and leased long-term to Stena Line.