May 21 – First shipment for Lakeway Link’s new RoRo-service between Gdynia and Södertälje

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On May 21, Lakeway Link will start a RoRo service between Gdynia and Södertälje, with three weekly departures in each direction.

To deploy this service, Lakeway Link has acquired the Lakeway Express. The RoRo vessel is sailing under Swedish flag and will have its home port in Västerås, where Lakeway Link has its headquarters.

Lakeway Express, with a carrying capacity of 1625 lane metres or approximately 108 trailers, is fully equipped to meet trailer, project cargo and mafi transport needs as well. The vessel will call the OT Port Gdynia and the Port of Södertälje on the Swedish side. The journey between the two destinations is approximately 22 hours. Following the reconstruction of the Södertälje locks in 2026, the service is expected to expand to include Västerås, accessed through Lake Mälaren.

Source: Lakeway Link

Torghatten won the first ferry contract in Sweden

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Swedish Västtrafik announced that Torghatten AB has won the tender for the Strömstad-Koster route for a contract of 15 years.

Torghatten will build two new fully-electric ferries to operate the connection, thereby further expanding its green fleet.

This is a fantastic day for us at Torghatten and Nordic Ferry Infrastructure! We have been working for some time to gain a foothold in Sweden, and Strömstad-Koster will be the starting point for us, says managing director of Torghatten AB, Stein Andre Hergistad-Olsen.

In addition to the new contract for Stömstad-Koster, Torghatten operates the autonomous city ferry Estelle in Stockholm. Torghatten wants to establish itself as a solid ferry operator in Sweden.

Start of Finnlines’ new route between Sweden and Poland

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Finnlines’ new daily maritime bridge between Sweden and Poland started on 10 April 2024.

Route: Malmö, Sweden – Świnoujście, Poland

Ship: RoPax Finnfellow (Swedish flag) – 440 pax – 3,000 lane metres

Antonio Raimo, Line Manager at Finnlines:

“The launch of a new route will benefit Swedish and Polish exports and imports and expands Finnlines’ operations outside Finland, as well as confirming Finnlines commitment to Polish security of supply by calling both the port of Gdynia and soon the port of Świnoujście. We have already strengthened the shore organization and opened an office in Świnoujście.”

Västtrafik takes delivery of ELOISE

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Swedish public transport company Västtrafik has taken delivery of their fourth electric hybrid ferry Eloise.

The 298 passenger ferry has an installed capacity of 1260 kWh, with which she can sail fully electric for six hours, recharging via shore power or, if necessary, the onboard diesel generator.

It is powered by an EST-Floattech battery system.

EST-Floattech’s Green Orca 1050 High Energy Battery System runs on Lithium Polymer NMC cells with a high discharge rate capability.

An in-house designed battery management system (software) and several mechanical features (hardware) ensure continuous safe operations.

Finland Lifts Travel Restrictions

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Last week Finland has announced the lifting of travel restrictions for a number of countries, including Sweden and Germany. The restrictions are based on a new limit of 25 infections per 100,000 inhabitants. Before it was 8.

These first changes to travel restrictions will take effect on September 19.

Ferry companies, unions and other stakeholders welcome the decision but demand predictability in government decisions and communications.

The Final Pieces Of The Puzzle For The New Stockholm Norvik Port

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The Stockholm Norvik Port is the biggest port to be built in Sweden in more than a century, and it is the first time that Ports of Stockholm has built an entirely new freight port from the ground up. The new port will be one of the largest in the Baltic Sea, with capacity for both roro vessels and container ships.

Ports of Stockholm will hand over the keys to Hutchison Ports in November, and the first container vessel is planned to arrive in May 2020.

A little later, in September 2020, Ports of Stockholm will open a new roro-terminal. Interest is great, not least because of the growing freight volumes at both Nynäshamn and Kapellskär. An example of this is traffic to and from Poland, which increased by as much as 70 percent last year.