Swedish import and export companies can now benefit from a new deep sea service between the Middle East and China. Maersk Line is about to set up a second deep sea service to Asia from the Port of Gothenburg, starting in October.
Danish shipping company Maersk Line has decided to expand its traffic from the Port of Gothenburg by adding a second deep sea service to China and other countries in Asia and the Middle East. The new service will include a weekly call at the Port of Gothenburg.
"We welcome the new service to the Port of Gothenburg. The fact that Swedish industry is now in a position to reach more destinations directly will reinforce the competitiveness of the whole country," states Magnus Kårestedt, Chief Executive of the Port of Gothenburg.
The move means that Sweden will have three deep sea container services each week to the Far East. In April, the shipping alliance G6* added Gothenburg to its service to Asia and Maersk was already operating a service.
"With two direct services a week, we are confirming our long-term commitment to Sweden and our faith in the market," states Kenneth Soegaard, Head of Trade and Marketing, Maersk Line Scandinavia.
The vessels used on the new service can load 8,000 TEUs and will call at the Port of Gothenburg container terminal, APM Terminals, every Saturday. APM Terminals in Gothenburg is the only terminal in Sweden that has the capacity to handle vessels of this size.
New destinations in the Middle East
The service includes several ports that could previously not be reached directly by container vessels from Sweden, such as the ports in the Middle East. The transit time will be shortened significantly compared with previously.
The service is as follows:
Exports: Gothenburg, Rotterdam, Suez Canal (Egypt), Salalah (Oman), Jebel Ali (United Arab Emirates), Nansha (China), Qingdao (China), Ningbo (China), Shanghai (China)
Imports: Qingdao (China) – Ningbo (China) – Shanghai (China) – Nansha (China) –Yantian (China) – Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia) – Colombo (Sri Lanka) – Suez Canal – Felixstowe (England) – Bremerhaven (Germany) – Gothenburg.
Exports will comprise mainly paper, sawn timber, industrial components and steel. Imports will comprise consumer goods, such as clothes, furniture, electronics and food.