01 February 2018

Unleashing multimodal potential

More than sufficient volume at hand for a new ferry / RoRo or rail services to Greater Oslo region

In 2017, Eastern Norway County Network commissioned an analysis of the potential of new multimodal freight services for transport of goods by rail and sea between Greater Oslo and the Northern Scandria®Corridor. The aim has been to prove feasibility of new multimodal freight services by extrapolating data aquired in previuos studies based on statistical export/import data for the year 2016.
Thus, the study identified direct freight flows between Norway and Western / Central Europe of about 5.5 million tons; thereof 800,000 tons from Germany and Poland that principally could be shifted from road to rail or short sea shipping. The authors therefore assume a high potential for new RoRo services, especially between the port of Oslo and the ports of Lübeck, Rostock and Swinoujscie, that already offer efficient RoRo-services across the Baltic Sea.

Export from and import to Norway, measured in billion NOK. Source: SSB table 00809


Concerning terminals, the study identified connections between Alnabru and Hamburg or Malmö as most feasible, due to their well established intermodal connections within Germany and Sweden but also within whole Europe stating that there is a need for a better service level and a thorough look at the price level.
However, the study also identified a number of factors affecting the set-up of such new services, like the price as the most important, but also service level, delivery conditions, regularity, transport time etc. The study points to the fact, that Norwegian shippers and receivers are not always in charge of choosing how their transports are done, as it could be decided by the sender or by a forwarding agent or who sometimes are not even aware of greener choices available, as the truck is so easy to order and handle.

The investigation concludes, that, in order to shift road transports between Europe and Norway to more environmentally adapted modes, there is a need to investigate in detail what services and service levels would be needed from the shippers and what influences their choice..Based on this, one might be in a position to elaborate, service levels, such as transport time and frequency for a possible short sea/ferry solution.

Further information and contact

Jon Petter Arntzen
Eastern Norway County Network
Head of secretariat

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