In 2011 the volume of rolling freight (RoRo traffic) increased by four percent. Over the same period container freight volumes increased by five percent.
The three Ports of Stockholm ports in Stockholm, Kapellskär and Nynäshamn occupy a very strong position within the RoRo freight segment, or in other words the vehicle transport of goods on ferries. In 2011 RoRo traffic accounted for the transport of 6,496,000 metric tons of goods, which was four percent up on the previous year.
"We are very pleased to be able to report an increase in the volume of goods being transported via Ports of Stockholm, despite the continuing uncertainty in the global economy", says Johan Castwall, Managing Director of Ports of Stockholm. "The best trend can be seen in freight transported via the Baltic countries, where the growth is very positive", he adds.
Growth also continued positively for goods transported by container in 2011, with an increase of as much as 18 percent during the last quarter of 2011. Total handling figures amounted to 27,843 containers (TEUs), which is an increase of five percent compared to 2010. Three shipping companies use the facilities at the Container Terminal at Frihamnen, Unifeeder, Teamlines and SCA Transforest.
"After a tough year for the container sector it is positive to see that volumes shipped via Stockholm increased in 2011 in comparison to 2010. We hope and believe that this positive trend will continue throughout the coming year", says Lars Rexius from Unifeeder Sweden.