Port Of Goteborg Reports On 1995 Shipments, Recent Port Developments
Officials at the Port of Goteborg, Sweden, have reported that in the first six months of the year, general cargo shipments increased by nine percent, showing an increase in imports as well as exports. During the same period, oil shipments via the Port slipped by 17 percent, most likely due to the fact that refineries have been discouraged from high production by the level of crude oil prices on the world market. However, due to the sheer volume of the oil sector of the Port, the total cargo turnover decreased by eight percent. The industrial district around the Swedish east coast town of Norrkoping has been added to the markets that have direct rail access to the container RoRo terminals at the Port. The service, dubbed "The Atlantic Express," was launched by the Port together with Rail Combi, the unit-load arm of the Swedish State Railways.
The service runs five nights a week, with departure and arrival times adjusted to the needs of the industry, and also to the time tables of important shipping connections. There is no marshalling of these cargo trains; the entire trains are moved directly to dockside rails at the Skandia and Alvsborg Harbors, which specialize in cellular and RoRo traffic, respectively. Also taking place at the Port is a reorganization of operations, in an effort to focus on the needs of consumers. The Port will establish Deep-sea, Feeder, Cars, and Terminal Departments, and each of these departments will be responsible for the entire process of receiving a certain cargo, moving it, storing it, and loading it onto the ship. Up until now, Skandia Harbor, the profit center of the Port, has been divided into departments for dockside operations, yard operations, and shed operations.
The Port has also moved its headquarters to a new office at the center of its operations in the Skandia and Alvsborg Harbors, effecting a change in telephone and fax numbers, the new telephone number being +46 31 731 20 00; and fax number: +46 31 731 22 51.
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