Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has signed a contract with the Port of Gothenburg to establish the port as transhipment centre for its services in the Baltic region.
To coincide with this development a new transhipment service has been established by WWL specifically for high and heavy RoRo cargoes emanating from the Americas and Asia destined for St Petersburg, Russia. The intention is that the service runs weekly from Gothenburg to St Petersburg via Kota in Finland. The service will most typically carry agricultural and construction equipment as well vehicles.
Kristofer Andrén, CEO, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Sweden, said: "This is a key development in establishing Gothenburg as a gateway for cars and agricultural and construction equipment emanating from Asia and North America and destined for Finland and Russia."
The new services make transport more efficient as vehicles can be shipped on LCTC-vessels all the way to Gothenburg, instead of being transhipped from various ports in Europe using smaller feeder vessels. The use of larger vessels for a longer part of the journey also decreases the environmental impact on the Baltic region.
The new services will be maintained by the 16,940 dwt MV "Vinni". The ship is capable of carrying a wide range of cargoes including cars, buses, trucks and high and heavy RoRo machinery, such as construction and agricultural equipment, as well as other non-containerised cargo.The vessel has three RoRo decks with a height up to 5.6 m as well as car decks. The stern ramp is 9 m wide and has a carrying capacity of 120 t.
Gothenburg as a Baltic transhipment hub