Tuesday 17 April 2018

Sweden: Future secure for Granudden through new agreement between Green Cargo and Yilport

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Green Cargo and Yilport have signed a three-year agreement covering rail shuttles between Granudden and Fredriksskans, where Yilport – Gävle’s container terminal – is located. The service began in mid-February and runs seven trains a week.
Gävle is a railway junction where major routes converge, with rail connections to the harbor. Shuttle services run between Granudden and the Fredriksskans container terminal, with 40-foot containers loaded with paper products to be sent out into the world on various shipping lines.

“It’s gratifying to have Yilport entrust us with running the route. With these shuttle services, we’re showing that it’s possible to compete with trucks even on shorter routes of 14 kilometers, if they’re efficiently planned. What’s even better is that we were part of starting the shuttle services in 2008 – and with the exception of two years, we’ve run this transportation solution the entire time,” said Lennart Westring, sales executive at Green Cargo.

With an annual volume of approximately 250,000 TEU, Yilport Gävle Container Terminal is the largest container harbor on Sweden’s east coast and the port where the world’s largest shipping lines call at. A major expansion project is currently under way in which Yilport will double the harbour’s capacity by 2020.

“The volumes from BillerudKorsnäs, which we handle at Granudden, are of crucial importance for the harbor but also a challenge where traffic through the city is concerned. With this agreement with Green Cargo, we have ensured shipments for the next three years with minimal impact on our operating environment,” said Håkan Bergström, Sales Director at Yilport Nordic.

Yilport is a global harbour operator with a total of 26 harbours. In Scandinavia, Yilport operates terminals in Stockholm, Oslo, Gävle and Skutskär.

Green Cargo runs 400 freight trains each day, which is equivalent to the capacity of approximately 10,000 truck transports. We serve 270 locations in Sweden and the major cities in Norway. In cooperation with other operators, we reach thousands of locations in Europe. Green Cargo is the only nation-wide freight transport company that meets the standards set by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation for freight transports (Bra Miljöval). Green Cargo is owned by the Swedish state. The Group has approximately 1,900 employees and annual revenue of SEK 4,3 billion (2017).

(Source: Green Cargo)

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From left to right: Eryn Dinyovszk, MD Yilport Skandinavia and Richard Kirchner SVP of Commercial Green Cargo © Green Cargo