STOCKHOLM: March 08, 2017. Hutchison Ports is to operate the container terminal at Stockholm's new Norvik Port, due to open in three years.
The facility, 60 kilometers south of the Swedish capital, will be able to handle up to 500,000 containers and 200,000 rolling goods vehicles annually.
With a maximum depth of 16.5 meters and an initial quayside of 450 meters, Norvik will be able to accept the largest container vessels in the Baltic.
Clemence Cheng, managing director of Hutchison Ports Europe said the new facility would be the nearest box terminal to the Greater Stockholm area that generates 45 percent of Swedish GDP.
"As the only deep-water container facility on the east coast of Sweden, Norvik Port will deliver both economic and environmental benefits by reducing overland transport, bringing ships and cargo closer to the country's largest market," he explained.
Despite good road and rail connections to Stockholm, Norvik is designed to reduce the CO2 emissions from overland transport as part of Sweden's plan to be carbon neutral by mid-century, according to Environment minister Andreas Carlgren.
Hutchison Ports has operated Container Terminal Frihamnen in central Stockholm since 2009. With the opening of the new port in 2020, the terminal will be redeveloped as a residential and recreation area.
Johan Castwall, Ports of Stockholm managing director, added: "Our cooperation with Hutchison Ports is a very important step to make sure that Stockholm Norvik Port will be one of the leading container ports in the Baltic. Together we are creating the best sustainable conditions for transportation of goods to and from the region."