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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Sweden News

Wallén, Scheja Join Ports of Stockholm

In the first half of 2018 two new members will augment the Ports of Stockholm Sales and Marketing force. Johan Wallén, former CEO of the container shipping company Team Lines, will become Director of Sales and Marketing and Stefan Scheja, previously Master Mariner at Tallink Silja, has already taken up his position as Ferries and Cruises Manager. “We are very happy to welcome Johan Wallén and Stefan Scheja. We are well on the way to achieving our vision of rebuilding and expanding our ports, and freight and passenger volumes are steadily increasing across virtually all segments.

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  

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.

Photo Credit: Alamy

Canada and Sweden Cooperate on Arctic Science

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…

Jonathan Puonti (Photo: Sea IT)

Sea IT Welcomes New Recruits

Sea IT continues to win large scale integration projects from the maritime sector and has welcomed John Olsson and Jonathan Puonti, two technical specialists to the team. Olsson has studied at Chalmers University of Gothenburg in Sweden and holds a wide array of maritime certificates. He has served several years working for shipping companies around the world in different positions. From his maritime career, Olsson has expertise in technical integrations including C and Ku-band…

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.

RSS Swordsman: Photo credit Singapore Navy

Singapore Navy Submarine Returns from Swedish Refit

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.

Clive Palmer & Fredrik Johansson

Titanic ll Project Interior Designers Chosen

Blue Star Line engages Tillberg Design of Sweden to provide architectural & design services for the interior of the 'Titanic II' project. Titanic II, a full scale version of the original ship, is being designed by the Finland-based Deltamarin and will be built by leading Chinese shipbuilders CSC Jinling Shipyard. The replica of the original RMS Titanic, is scheduled to sail from Southampton to New York on her maiden passenger voyage in 2016. Blue Star Line Pty Ltd Chairman Professor…

Joachim Lagerstedt

Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics Wins Contract

Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics has been appointed as Sloman Neptun’s agent in Sweden. Sloman Neptun Shipping & Transport GmbH has appointed Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics AB  as its agent in Sweden. The two companies will work in partnership to offer a full range of logistics services between Sweden and the North African countries of Algeria, Morocco, Libya and Tunisia from January 2015. Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics, an independent full service agency based in Sweden and owned by the Swedish Greencarrier Group and the German company Menzell & Döhle…

A new 245 metre-long pier has now been completed and is ready to handle the vessels and freight volumes of the future Photo Port of Kapellskär

Kapellskär Port All set to Receive Biggest Vessel

The Port of Kapellskär, Sweden, is being rebuilt to be able to accommodate larger vessels and meet market demands for current and future freight volumes. Now that the new 245 metre-long pier is completed, the port has two new modern quay-berths. The new pier has been operational from yesterday (13th June). The entire port is expected to be completed before the end of 2016, following three years of construction work. “It feels really good now that the new pier is ready and we can see the results of what we have worked on for so many years…

Container Terminal at Frihamnen Photo Ports of  stockholms

Ports of Stockholm Container Volume Zoom

A new record has been set for the number of containers transported to the Container Terminal at Frihamnen. Never before have so many containers been transported by sea directly to the strongest growing capital city region in Europe and Sweden's largest consumer market. At the beginning of December 2016 Ports of Stockholm exceeded the previous record set at Frihamnen of just over 51 000 containers*. The number of containers in 2016 will be around 54 000. “It is extremely positive…

Photo Ports of Stockholm

Stockholm Ports Container Throughput Rises

A new record has been set for the number of containers transported to the Container Terminal at Frihamnen. Almost 54,000 containers have been transported by sea directly to the strongest growing capital city region in Europe and Sweden's largest consumer market. At the beginning of December 2016 Ports of Stockholm exceeded the previous record set at Frihamnen of just over 51 000 containers*. 53 945. “It's extremely positive that the shipping companies are happy with the efficiency and collaboration at Frihamnen, and that this has resulted in increased volumes in container handling.

Photo: Eimskip

Eimskip Shifts Sweden Container Route

Eimskip said it will begin calling Helsingborg, Sweden as of May 4 and at the same time cease calling Halmstad. The company’s office in Sweden will also move to the harbor area to be closer to the container terminal and the vessel arrivals. A warehouse will be opened close to the terminal where loading and unloading of containers take place. The last service call in Halmstad is planned for April 27. Additionally, the Helsingborg port, home to the fourth largest container port in Scandinavia…

Panellists discussed Swedish challenges and European best practices for inland navigation in Stockholm. Photo Port of Hamburg

Public Support Needed to Promote Inland Navigation in Baltic Region

Inland navigation has a lot of potential in the Baltic Sea Region, even though the geographical and administrative conditions for inland navigation differ from country to country. This was highlighted by the panel that debated the future of inland navigation in Sweden as part of the 7th Strategy Forum for the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The Strategy Forum was organized in Stockholm and gathered together over 1200 participants to discuss future challenges and opportunities in the Baltic Sea Region.

TEUs shipped to Ports of Stockholm increased by five percent Courtesy Ports of Stockholm

Stockholm Ports Set Record

The number of TEUs shipped to Ports of Stockholm increased by five percent over the first quarter of 2016. During the first quarter of 2016 there was a five percent gain in TEU numbers at Ports of Stockholm compared to the same period of the previous year. These are the strongest ever first quarter numbers for the port. “This shows positive development at the Container Terminal at Frihamnen and we are very pleased to see that more goods are arriving by sea directly to the major consumer market in the Stockholm region…

Photo courtesy Swedish Coast Guard

Bulker Runs Aground in Sweden

Liberian-flagged bulk carrier MV Victoria is reportedly stuck on a shoal off the west coast of Sweden with a 3-meter gash in its hull after running hard aground Saturday night. According to local reports, the 190-meter ship was en route from Rostock, Germany to Guinea in West Africa with a cargo of wheat when it ran aground at about 11:30 p.m. local time Saturday night off the coast of Varberg, Sweden. No leaks or oil spills have been reported. So far no pollution has been reported.

Karin Nilsson (Photo: PowerCell Sweden)

PowerCell Sweden Appoints Nilsson as CFO

The newly listed fuel cell company PowerCell Sweden AB (publ) has appointed a new CFO. Karin Nilsson assumes her new position in August 2015. Nilsson joins PowerCell from vehicle digital market place KVD Kvarndammen AB, where she has served as CFO since 2010. She will take up her new position as CFO for PowerCell Sweden AB in August 2015. Nilsson has international experience from several financial positions, e.g. Sibelco AB and Gunnebo AB. During her time at KVD Kvarndammen AB she was also responsible for the HR and IT functions.    

Cavotec Acquires Combibox Systems

Sweden's Cavotec Group strengthens customer base with acquisition of ground support equipment manufacturer Combibox, also of Sweden. Cavotec explains their success at generating added value for customers and the Group by applying technologies perfected for airports to port applications for ships: an approach Combibox has also adopted. “With more than 30 years of experience in the airports industry, Combibox is extremely well-established; it has an outstanding customer base with product references all around the world.

Next step for SSPA Sweden AB

The 4th of April Helén Jansson takes on the newly established position as Communication and Market Manager at SSPA Sweden AB. It launches Step 2 in the company strategy; a more explicit communication of the broad SSPA knowledge base and all the service opportunities that are offered to the market. - The maritime industry offers the society tremendous opportunities in many fields such as technology, sustainable development and social welfare. We believe that by clearly show the SSPA contribution-span we can…

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…

The MarTID partnership was started more than a year ago, a partnership solidified in the summer of 2017 in the office of Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President, World Maritime University. L to R: Associate Professor, Michael Manuel, WMU; Greg Trauthwein, Vice-President, New Wave Media; Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President, WMU; Murray Goldberg, CEO, Marine Learning Systems.  Photo courtesy WMU

MarTID Survey Closing Today

January 31, 2018 is the deadline for the first global survey for the Maritime Training Insights Database (MarTID), giving the industry one last chance to take 20 minutes and become a part of this historic initiative. The partnership was started more than a year ago, a partnership solidified in the summer of 2017 in the office of Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President, World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden, with the signing of an MoU with the World Maritime University, Marine Learning Systems and New Wave Media, publishers of Maritime Reporter & E‪ngineering News and MarineLink.com.

Telenor Connexion joins Business Sweden delegation to Korea to discuss next generation of transportation in smart cities. (Photo: courtesy of Business Sweden)

Swedish Transportation Delegation Visits Seoul

Sweden’s Minister for EU Affairs and Trade to Seoul, Anne Linde, and a high level Swedish business delegation, including Seth Ryding, Head of APAC at Telenor Connexion, are invited as key partners for the Next generation transportation in Smart Cities summit in Seoul on September 20-21. South Korea has for many years been one of the fastest growing economies in the world and today the country is ranked as the 12th largest economy globally considering purchasing power. A very strong…

Swede Ship Marine Acquires Sublift Boat Hoists

In 2014 Swede Ship Marine acquired the SUBLIFT boat hoist operation. A new company has been formed called Swede Ship Sublift AB. The first deliveries of boat hoists from the yard at Djupvik on the island of Tjörn, Sweden to customers in Sweden and Norway took place in the autumn 2014. SUBLIFT's origin is the in Sweden well known “Slamkryparen”, the so called “Mudskipper”. It is a design with a unique submersible function bringing boats up from the water on a slipway to a storage location on land and back.

International Cooperation will Streamline Maritime Transport

Sweden, South Korea and Denmark have initiated a global partnership on the development of e-navigation solutions. Modern technology will lead to higher safety and more efficient transports at sea. The Swedish Maritime Administration is leading the largest European e-navigation project, MONALISA 2.0. The main objective of MONALISA 2.0 is Sea Traffic Management (STM) and to find solutions that will improve dynamic route planning and collaboration, while promoting a common exchange of voyage plan information.

Image provided by NATO

NATO Begins 'Dynamic Mongoose' Sub-Hunt Exercise

Naval forces from 10 NATO nations and Sweden have launched one of its biggest-ever anti-submarine exercises in the North Sea in Norway to practice detecting and hunting submarines in an annual exercise whose real-world relevance has grown in the past year. Dubbed 'Dynamic Mongoose', the training pits submarines from Germany, the U.S., Sweden and Norway against surface ships employing a suite of sonar, sensors and maritime air patrols. The exercises are expected to last until May 13 and involve more than a dozen warships and submarines, as well as planes and helicopters.

Image: Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Israeli to Block Gaza flotilla Boat

The Israeli military is monitoring a blockade-busting flotilla on its way to the Gaza Strip and is preparing to block it if need be, Channel 2 news reported. The convoy, consisting of several small vessels, was expected to sail from Greece to Gaza in the coming days, carrying humanitarian supplies for the Hamas-controlled enclave. The Marianne of Gothenburg, which departed on Friday for Greece, is part of Freedom Flotilla III, according to Ship to Gaza Sweden. The boat, which was purchased jointly by the Ship to Gaza Sweden and Ship to Gaza Norway…