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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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Bob is Ready for Norvik

Photo: Ports of Stockholm

Bob Page is the sailing Englishman who loves Sweden. Now he is ready for his final major assignment: To ensure that the container terminal at the Stockholm Norvik Port becomes exactly as good as everyone anticipates. In the 1990s Robert “Bob” Page worked with logistics for Volvo in Gothenburg. He really enjoyed his work and became close friends with his colleague Göran. “Our families celebrated Midsummer according to Swedish traditions and we often went out sailing together. It was a really wonderful time,” Bob Page reminisces.

Contract Awarded for Hybrid Icebreaking Tug

Spain's Gondan was tapped to build a tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd for the Port of Luleå (Sweden). Gondan’s new contract with Port of Luleå (Sweden) specifies a new hybrid-powered icebreaking escort tug -- a RAL TundRA 3600-H class icebreaking design. The vessel is designed to perform icebreaking (it is designed to break 1 meter of ice at a speed of up to 3 knots), ice management, escort, ship-assist, coastal towing, fire-fighting and navigation aids service duties. This 36m tug with a hull structure that exceeds Finnish-Swedish ice class rules and has high environmental standards will be classed by Lloyd’s Register. The vessel will be equipped with a hybrid propulsion system that will include two diesel main engines, shaft generators/motors and batteries for energy storage.

Hapag-Lloyd Adds Halmstad to Rotation

Hapag-Lloyd

As one of the top global carriers Hapag-Lloyd offers a comprehensive service network and will add port of Halmstad, Sweden to the Nordic Short Sea Network. As of September Hapag-Lloyd will offer a weekly call in Halmstad, Sweden. With the existing Sweden Denmark Express Service (SDX), we can provide a competitive transit time and direct link from Hamburg/Bremerhaven. The new port rotation for the Sweden Denmark Express Service (SDX) is as follows: Bremerhaven • Hamburg • Helsingborg • Halmstad • Gothenburg • Aarhus • Bremerhaven  

Ice Restrictions Enforced in Sweden

  The Swedish Maritime Organisation has advised the following ice restrictions in force with effect from 18 January 2016: Karlsborg – Luleå Minimum ice class IB and 2000 dwt Haraholmen – Örnsköldsvik och Ångermanälven Minimum ice class IC and 2000 dwt Mälaren, Vänern och Göta Älv Minimum ice class II and 2000 dwt or Minimum ice class IC and 1300 dwt Restrictions may vary. For further details, the latest updates and information about operations in Sweden contact GAC Sweden at agency.sweden@gac.com  

TTS Marine ASA

Finland’s TTS Liftec OY has won a number of contracts for port and terminal equipment recently, including: an order from Sweden’s Stora Enso for 120 x 80 ton RoRo cassettes, which will become part Stora Enso´s North European Transport Supply System (NETSS) for transport of SECU boxes between the Nordic countries and it’s terminals in Europe; and an order from Sweden’s Ståltransport i Avesta AB in Sweden for two translifters type LTH115 -12000. These translifters each have a loading capacity of 115 ton slabs on trestles and coils on cassettes.

It's Official: Sweden Boosts Submarine Fleet

Kockums A26 - picture by SAAB AB

Sweden has given a long-awaited green light to the planned procurement of two new-generation A26 submarines from Saab Kockums. Sweden's official announcement ordering two new submarines to boost its armed forces, months after a futile hunt for a suspected Russian mini-sub in the Stockholm archipelago. A statement released by the defence minister's office on 19 March said that the A26 order will secure Sweden's submarine capability beyond 2030. The subs are also set to be delivered by 2022 at the latest. "The order...

Kursiu links Sweden, Germany and Lithuania

south-eastern Sweden. The service will also call at Klaipeda in Lithuania. strategically located port, with excellent infrastructural links. new service will perform two vital functions. and southern Sweden. in Sweden, under the name Kursiu Linija Sweden AB. chains in Western Europe. our own offices in key locations. Passaden and the 510 teu Atlantic Comet. States, Poland, the CIS and the UK and Northern Europe. Rotterdam, Hamburg, Bremerhaven and Ahus.

New SCA Service, N. Sweden, Port of Hamburg

The Swedish paper and timber products manufacturer Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA) and its transport and logistics unit SCA Transforest have been operating a regular scheduled liner service called Container Express since March 1 2010, linking northern Sweden and the Port of Hamburg. The vessel Flintercape, with a carrying capacity of 809 TEU, sails from the ports of Sundsvall and Holmsund (Umeå) in northern Sweden to Hamburg every 10 days. The 1Aclass ice-strengthened FLINTERCAPE is 465 ft long and 71 ft wide. The vessel had not been in service since it was delivered to the Dutch Flinter Group. With a deadweight tonnage of 9,500 tons, the Flintercape has a draught of 24.5 ft. The maximum service speed is more than 18 knots.

Wärtsilä to Power Viking Line Ferry

Viking Line ferry. Photo: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä will supply the engines, the navigation system and a broad scope of other products and systems for a new luxury and environmentally friendly ferry being built for the Finland based operator, Viking Line. The ship is being built at the Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry yard in China and there is an option for a second vessel. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in October 2017. Six Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engines running primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG) will provide the propulsion and power for the vessel.

ThyssenKrupp in Talks to Sell Swedish Shipyard to Saab

A-26 Submarine: Rendering courtesy of Kockums

ThyssenKrupp is in talks to sell its Swedish marine defence unit to Saab after failing to reach a deal with Sweden for a new generation of submarines as the country tries to protect its defence manufacturing sector. The companies said on Monday that negotiations over the sale of ThyssenKrupp's Swedish shipyard with operations in Malmo, Karlskrona and Musko to Saab were at an early stage and that more information would follow. Sweden had been seeking ways to share development costs with other potential buyers of its A-26 submarine but failed to agree on commercial terms with ThyssenKrupp…

Canada and Sweden Cooperate on Arctic Science

Photo Credit: Alamy

Canada and Sweden have reached a deal to share data that could help support Canadian claims to a vast swath of the Arctic beyond its natural borders. The two northern nations signed a new five-year "Arctic science cooperation agreement" during a meeting in Stockholm between Canada's Science Minister Kristy Duncan and Bjorn Dahlback, head of the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat. This new five-year arrangement between Natural Resources Canada and SPRS aims to enhance scientific cooperation in the Arctic through collaborative activities including elements such as marine surveying…

BTÓ¦ Orders Damen ASD Tug

Photo courtesy of Damen Shipyards

Sweden-based BogserTeam Ó¦resund (BTÓ¦), part of MarCon gruppen, recently signed a contract with the Damen Shipyards Group for the delivery of a Damen ASD Tug 2810. MarCon gruppen is currently experiencing growth and is undertaking a program of renewal and expansion to its fleets. The ASD 2810 is currently being built on series at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania. The completed vessel will be delivered to the client in June 2016, after which she will sail under her own keel to Sweden.

Sweden’s PowerCell Establishes German Arm

PowerCell Sweden, an energy technology company with a patented technology for generating electricity from fuel cells, announced today it will establish PowerCell Germany GmbH. André Martin, a senior fuel cell expert and former and Member of the Board of Directors of PowerCell Sweden, was appointed Managing Director of the company. Per Wassén, CEO of PowerCell Sweden, said, “The establishment of the German branch is a logic step for implementation of our commercialization strategy. The support by Mr. PowerCell, which develops and distributes advanced fuel cell stacks and systems for stationary and mobile applications, said the foundation of its German brand aims to strengthen its market development in one of the most important European markets.

Volvo to Provide Breathylizers to Nordic Ferries

The Volvo Group has taken a step to reduce the number of intoxicated drivers entering Sweden by providing breathalyzer equipment for truck and bus drivers at ferries serving Sweden. This initiative has been welcomed by the authorities. Over the past few years, there have been several serious accidents involving foreign vehicles driven by drivers who have been intoxicated. Statistics from the police in southern Sweden also indicate a sharp rise in the number of intoxicated drivers. As of March this year, the number of drivers arrested in the port of Ystad for driving under the influence of alcohol has more than doubled compared with the previous year.

TransAtlantic Container Service to Härnösand

Courtesy Transatlantic

TransAtlantic announced a new port of call in North Sweden by adding port of Härnösand to our TransFeeder North product connecting the Bay of Bothnia and the continent. Härnösand will be an excellent option for export and import volumes to North Sweden and an important step to further strengthen our service offering in the Bay of Bothnia. By adding Härnösand as a container port we are able to offer improved cargo flows and shortened inland carriage for the industry in the area. The vessel will call Härnösand on Mondays and the first call is scheduled to May 4th 2015.

Baltic Military Shadow-boxing Said to Reach Cold War Levels

A daily game of Cold War cat-and-mouse is ratcheting up tensions in the Baltic and drawing the biggest military presence into the region for over 20 years, Swedish military officials say. Eye-to-eye encounters with Russian combat jets and reports of suspected submarines in Swedish and Finnish waters are fuelling regional concerns about Russian assertiveness in the wake of the Ukraine crisis and reversing years of defence cuts. Western officials say Russia has stepped up probing flights and mock bomb runs near Europe's borders since 2013, forcing jets from NATO nations and non-NATO allies like Sweden to scramble repeatedly. For its part, Moscow says NATO has dramatically increased reconnaissance flights near its borders.

New Step in GreenCarrier Development

Niklas Olsson, Managing Director of GreenCarrier Sweden AB, has also been appointed Managing Director and CEO of GreenCarrier International with effect from 1 June, 2009. With the Nordic countries and the Baltic States as home markets, GreenCarrier provides forwarding and logistics services, based on the concept of one contact person for all types of transportation all around the world. GreenCarrier International is a key member of the Björk.Eklund Group. Olsson has been with the group since 1987 and became Managing Director of GreenCarrier Sweden in 2004. The GreenCarrier team is also being strengthened at a senior level by the addition of Ulf Sundberg, who was formerly Managing Director of Kuehne + Nagel Sweden.

Stena Buys Scandlines

Ferry operator Stena Line purchased smaller Swedish ferry group Scandlines AB from the state owned railway group SJ for $67.5 million. Scandlines, with 1,180 staff, runs ferries on five routes from Helsingborg and Trelleborg in southern Sweden to Helsingor and Copenhagen in Denmark, and to Sassnitz, Rostock and Travemunde in Germany. Stena Line said the opening of the Oresund Bridge in July 2000, linking Sweden and Denmark, would hit Scandlines' operations. The ferry group already closed a Limhamn-Dragor service, and Helsingborg-Copenhagen ferries will stop next July. "The Oresund Bridge is expected to have a negative effect on Scandlines' operations and this has affected Stena Line's valuation of the Scandlines AB…

Stena Buys Scandlines

Ferry operator Stena Line has purchased smaller Swedish ferry group Scandlines AB from the state owned railway group SJ for $67.1 million. Scandlines, with 1,180 staff, runs ferries on five routes from Helsingborg and Trelleborg in southern Sweden to Helsingor and Copenhagen in Denmark, and to Sassnitz, Rostock and Travemunde in Germany. Stena Line officials said the opening of the Oresund Bridge in July 2000, linking Sweden and Denmark, would have a damaging effect on Scandlines' operations. The ferry group had already closed a Limhamn-Dragor service, and Helsingborg-Copenhagen ferries were to stop next July. However, the number of passengers…

Marine Press of Canada Focuses on Europe

Having released version 4.0 of its Digitrace software, Marine Press of Canada is focusing on Europe with the creation of a new position as sales manager for the European market. Johan Sunnberg, born in Sweden, comes from a management position at Scandinavian Airlines’ Cargo division, and will in this role focus on establishing new business, as well as setting up a distributor network. During October 2001, distributors were also appointed in Germany, Sweden, Finland and Italy. The German market will be the responsibility of SevenCs who is a well- established company in the development of ECDIS charts and S-57 Kernels. Nautic Center in Gothenburg and Troil Marin in Helsinki are long established chart agents representing the UKHO.

Singapore Navy Submarine Returns from Swedish Refit

RSS Swordsman: Photo credit Singapore Navy

The Singapore Navy's second 'Archer-class' submarine 'RSS Swordsman'  returns to Singapore after upgrading. The Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN)  Archer-class submarine, RSS Swordsman, has arrived at Changi Naval Base (CNB) from Sweden. Chief of Navy, Rear-Admiral Ng Chee Peng, and other senior naval officers were present at CNB to witness its return. Launched in Karlskrona, Sweden, on 20 October 2010, RSS Swordsman is one of two ex-Royal Swedish Navy Västergötland-class submarines that Singapore acquired in 2005.

Shipping Services Group Clarkson Open in Uppsala, Sweden

Torbjorn Helmfrid: Photo credit Clarkson Sweden AB

Clarkson Sweden AB say they will focus on servicing the many ferry, ro-ro and specialised product tanker owners in the Swedish, Finnish and Baltic regions. Specialising in Sale and Purchase and Newbuilding contracting,  the office will be staffed by established sector experts, Torbjorn Helmfrid and Per Drape, who until recently worked at Aquamarine Shipping Consultants.

Containerships Rebrands South Baltic Services and Agencies

Containerships is rebranding the South Baltic services and agencies built up under the Kursiu Linija name. From February 1, 2007 all Kursiu Linija services will be operated under the Containerships name. Containerships will also have its own agents in Lithuania and Latvia, under the names of Containerships Lithuania and Containerships Latvia. These replace UAB Arijus and Kursiu Linija Latvia. The Finland, Russia, Poland, Sweden service has also been enhanced from January 30, when the Carina made its first call in Klaipeda. She will add in Klaipeda into her rotation, which will then be: Helsinki - St. Petersburg - Klaipeda - Gdansk - Sodertalje.

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