Swedish Orient Line launches new container shuttle between Gothenburg and Lake Vänern

By Curious

Swedish Orient Line, SOL, are widening their focus and ambitions by investigating the possibility of offering a whole new type of seagoing logistic network for inland transport whilst, at the same time, challenging the existing rail and road solutions in use today.

Swedish Orient Line are again forerunners in investigating potential new ways to expand the use of inland waterways to build a new competitive, environmentally friendly container shuttle between Gothenburg and Kristinehamn.

Swedish Orient Line launches new container shuttle between Gothenburg and Lake Vänern

It would be the first inland waterway based solution and would mean something completely new for the transport and logistics market.

The business model is based upon frequency, precision and cargo capacity, two sailings per week in each direction are planned.

“We see that the future belongs to those willing to take responsibility and understand the value of an active environmentally friendly solution to today’s problems” said Ragnar Johansson, Managing Director of Swedish Orient Line.  “We believe that we can be at the forefront and offer a system for a new sea based solution that is able to challenge the present market”

Initially, it is planned that the service would ship from eastern Värmland (Möckeln area), western Örebro region and south Dalarna. Customers in the timber, wood, paper and mining industries are there with requirements for export of goods and local and national retailers have the need of capacity for the import of their goods.

The idea for the new service originally came from Kristofer Andrén and Lars Rexius, both of them with long, well-established experience within shipping and logistics solutions. During 2017 they have been studying the market and see that the need for both local and regional solutions are required.

As an Operator and Owner SOL offer a stable organisation within their present set-up which includes, Ro-Ro liner services, transport of Breakbulk and Project cargoes, Agency department and also have a Commercial and Technical Management portfolio.

The company has over the last 100 years been able to adjust and improve the services to their customers, this is based upon quality, flexibility short decision paths and entrepreneurial skills.

Source: SOL