Ports of Stockholm, Hutchison Ports Stockholm, Mälarhamnar and Wallenius Marine formed a partnership to launch inland shipping between Stockholm Norvik Port and the Mälarhamnar ports of Västerås and Köping. Stockholm Norvik Port opened in May and is located closer than any other container terminal to what is, by far, Sweden’s biggest consumption area. It also offers a shorter route to the open sea than any other east coast port. Mälarhamnar ports is conducting substantial expansion projects with the aim of handling larger freight volumes. Transporting the goods by sea directly to Stockholm Norvik Port, and then on to the Mälarhamnar ports via Lake Mälaren, will offload the currently heavily congested road and rail networks, and is expected to help bring about a more sustainable transport network within the greater Stockholm region. “We believe in the power of partnership and in shifting freight transports from land to water. This partnership will facilitate sustainable transportation in the greater Stockholm region, and the project is consequently of considerable interest to us,” says Göran Söderdahl, Senior Commercial Manager, Wallenius Marine. “If shipping companies, forwarding companies and cargo owners are to be able to operate and use an inland shipping system, the ports must work together in a chain, and there must be suitable fairways for the job. We, the ports, must, therefore, play our part and work together to implement the measures needed to enable this traffic to become a reality in Sweden,” says Carola Alzén, CEO of Mälarhamnar. “We are extremely positive about this collaboration. Stockholm Norvik Port provides a unique opportunity to create an inland shipping system that would enhance the efficiency of transportation in the Stockholm region. It will provide additional opportunities for our customers and will also reduce congestion and the environmental impact of the overland infrastructure,” says Johan Wallén, Marketing and Sales Manager at Ports of Stockholm.