New RoRo terminal concept being developed at Port Esbjerg
Scandinavian Auto Logistics and Port Esbjerg have joined forces to develop a new RoRo terminal concept, named Flexible Multi-Terminal, as it allows for the handling of cars, trailers, containers, and high-and-heavy cargoes.
The majority owner of Scandinavian Auto Logistics is the Grimaldi Group, which is a multinational logistics group that owns one of the world’s largest fleets of Ro-Ro, multipurpose, pure car, and truck carriers as well as Ro-Ro pax, cruise and ferry vessels.
The CEO of Scandinavian Auto Logistics, Henrik Otto Jensen, explains that “the possibility to handle all types of Ro-Ro cargoes with one of the largest fleets in the world provided the flexibility needed to benefit from the vast network of Grimaldi Lines”.
The Flexible Multi-Terminal is prepared for many of these vessels. This ensures the highest flexibility in the planning, and at the same time the staging area is located directly at the ramps, while the storage areas are located less than 100 meters from the quayside. This increases capacity and provides optimum efficiency in cargo handling operations, which is necessary when this multitude of modular cargoes must be handled.
The CEO of Port Esbjerg, Dennis Jul Pedersen, explains that the investments in the Flexible Multi-Terminal enhance the port’s capacity and provide access to the vast route network of the Grimaldi Lines. This allows for transport of modular goods from the hinterland to three continents, representing some of the fastest growing markets in the world.
The Grimaldi Group operates eight shipping lines on routes connecting Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, West Africa, and North, East and South America, in addition to being present in automotive logistics through the ownership of Scandinavian Auto Logistics, where CEO Henrik Otto Jensen states: “We believe that flexibility and efficiency must be combined, when moving complex cargoes around the world – and this starts when we receive the goods in Port Esbjerg.”
The joint project with Scandinavian Auto Logistics follows Port Esbjerg’s decision to set up pre-assembly sites for the upcoming projects in the offshore wind industry. The future pre-assembly sites in Port Esbjerg will cater to the new and larger turbine installation vessels and the bigger components that need to be assembled directly on the quayside while at the same time giving space for supporting activities and lay-down areas.