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No more direct Baltic-North America con-ro loop

Publication date: 2017-12-12

Tags: maritime, sweden

No more direct Baltic-North America con-ro loop

Atlantic Container Line (ACL) has decided to drop Gothenburg out of its combined container and ro-ro service that linked Sweden with Canada and the US via Germany, Belgium, and the UK.

The service will come to a halt on January 15th, 2018. However, the company plans to introduce as of January 22nd a feeder service that will connect Gothenburg with ACL's vessels calling at Continental Europe ports.

"It almost felt like a shock when I sat in our headquarters' boardroom, realising that the battle was lost. One of the ports had to be out of various reasons taken out of the loop and unfortunately it was Gothenburg," Anders Ivarsson, CEO, ACL Sweden, commented.

He then added, "It was an extremely difficult day. Nevertheless, we're going to install a feeder service that will meet with ACL's ships on the European mainland, starting January 22nd. The majority of the clients with whom we have talked seemed to even like the idea, because feeder ships are more flexible as they can call at other than Gothenburg ports in the event of a new conflict breaking out. But for the Gothenburg port, which strives after attracting more - not less - direct services, this is of course like a punch in the face."

The A Service of ACL, on which both containers and ro-ro cargo units were carried, used to link on a regular basis the ports of Gothenburg, Hamburg, Antwerp, Liverpool, Halifax, New York, Norfolk, and Baltimore.

Photo: Port of Gothenburg

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