The official launch of the Nor Lines RoRo service between Cuxhaven and Norway took place on 7 May with the first departure of the MS “Kvitbjørn”. One departure per week will link the Cuxport terminal with a large number of Norwegian ports from now on. Cable drums formed part of the cargo on board the freighter “Kvitbjørn”, which is powered by liquid natural gas (LNG).
Manufacturers of German and other Central European products destined for the Norwegian market and Scandinavian goods bound for German consumers now have another alternative for transporting their cargo: on board the new scheduled service that operates between Cuxhaven and its northern neighbour. “The favourable location of the Cuxport terminal and its logistics expertise, particularly in the RoRo sector, played a major role in our choice of port,” says Sigurd Ur, Director for Sales & Marketing at Nor Lines, giving the grounds for the decision to use Cuxhaven.
Heavy goods, which make their way on board using so-called mafi trailers, and consumer goods products, which can be loaded using Nor Lines’ own 45 foot containers with a standard pallet width, are the main focus of handling activities for the new scheduled service at Cuxport. “With our multi-purpose approach, we’re ideally equipped to cope with a wide variety of types of cargo and goods entrusted to us by our customers,” says Michael de Reese, Managing Director of Cuxport.
The newly built freighters, “Kvitbjørn” and “Kvitnos”, which are both powered by LNG, will in future leave the German North Sea coast from the Cuxport terminal bound for Norway once a week. The many destinations for the newly established RoRo service range from the Oslo fjord in the south of the country to ports on the west coast like Bergen, Ålesund and Trondheim and even include Hammerfest located north of the Arctic Circle.
Cuxport GmbH operates a multi-functional handling terminal at the deep-water port of Cuxhaven. In addition to extensive port handling facilities, Cuxport provides an ideal geographical location for all maritime traffic and has ideal connections to destinations further inland. The company is a joint venture where Rhenus SE & Co. KG has a 74.9 percent stake and HHLA Container Terminals GmbH holds 25.1 percent of the shares. The Rhenus Group is a logistics services provider with global operations and annual turnover of EUR 4.1 billion. Rhenus has over 24,000 employees at more than 350 business locations. Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is one of the leading port logistics groups operating at the North Sea ports.
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