Latest News from Kvarken Ports
Cooperation agreement between Kvarken Ports and RISE to develop Port of Umeå
Kvarken Ports and RISE (Research Institute of Sweden) strengthen their cooperation through a new cooperation agreement. The aim is to cooperate for capacity building in port innovation and thus port development.- Through our collaboration with RISE, we are strengthening the conditions for port development. Together, we get a knowledge platform which in turn will lead to strengthening the port as a sustainable transport, energy and digital node, says Christer Nederstedt, sales and marketing manager at Kvarken Ports in Umeå.
Wasaline launches Green Corridor Fridays
Wasaline will start operating with certified biogas one day a week from October 13, in preparation for the EU emissions trading system that will come into force next year. Biogas is more expensive than LNG (liquefied natural gas), the current primary fuel of M/S Aurora Botnia, but the company will cover the extra costs on behalf of its customers. With certified biogas, all Friday departures until Christmas will be climate neutral.
The port of Umeå has doubled the amount of railway transports in a year
The opening of a new railway terminal has fueled growth in the Port of Umeå. The amount of rail traffic has doubled in less than a year, and the interest towards this new transport mode is still growing.Port operator Kvarken Ports opened a new railway terminal in the Port of Umeå in 2022. The new terminal enables intermodal transports to pass through Umeå. In intermodal freight transport the goods stay in the same container or trailer unit while the transportation mode changes (e.g. from ship to train). The amount of railway traffic from the port doubled during the first year of operations.
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Best ever quarter for Wasaline – Turnover increased by 165%
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, which continued with restrictions in January and February, Wasaline is moving towards a strong year with the new ferry Aurora Botnia, which met all expectations. The half-year volume with passengers increased 471% and in the second quarter the increase was 583%. Half-year turnover has increased by 132% and during the second quarter turnover increased by 165%.The cargo traffic has set records every month. Cargo units have increased by 14.3%.
Business-oriented site manager strengthens Kvarken Ports
Kvarken Ports, which manages the operations of the ports of Umeå and Vaasa, is strengthening its operations in Umeå with a business-oriented site manager who will help to further strengthen Umeå as the logistics hub of northern Europe.
- We are really looking forward to working with Patrick Mattsson. He will be a strong support for our growing organization and an important asset with his many years of logistics experience and his broad network, says Teijo Seppelin, CEO of Kvarken Ports.
The freight volumes via the port of Umeå reach an all-time high despite pandemic years
Kvarken Ports, which manages the operations of the ports of Umeå and Vaasa, reports another record year for freight volumes in the port of Umeå for 2021 despite the prevailing pandemic situation.
- Last year was another record year and we see a continued stable increase, says Christer Nederstedt, sales and marketing manager at Kvarken Ports.
Watch the film showing the development of the Port of Umeå
Right now, one of the region's largest construction projects is underway in the Port of Umeå and we are proud to be at the centre of events. Find out why so much is being built and invested in the port, what has happened in the construction projects and what will happen with this film.
Record year for Cargo on Wasaline – Strong recovery on the passenger segment despite the pandemy year 2021
Wasaline reports in a press release that despite the Covid-19 pandemic that continued for most of 2021, passenger volumes increased by 87.5% and Wasaline carried 107,659 passengers (57,415). The number of passenger vehicles increased by 69.2%. During the Autumn, when the corona passport was used for entry, the passenger growth was significant. After the traffic start of Aurora Botnia, passenger volymes was all-time high every month. Unfortunately, the positive development was interrupted in mid-December when the new Covid-19 variant and tightening of travel restrictions were introduced again.The departures increased by 21.3% to 990 departures (816).