Wagenborg expands ro/ro service with new Baltic line
Wagenborg Shipping Sweden is expanding its ro/ro liner services in the Baltic region. The company has now started a new ro/ro line between Riga in Latvia and Oxelösund in Sweden.
The new liner service starts with three voyages per week on a fixed timetable and supports the shipments of many types of goods. However, the base cargo is concrete elements and building equipment loaded on trailers.
Other possible cargo includes trailers, both accompanied as well as unaccompanied, general cargo loaded on mafis such as boards, pallets, forest products, containers, and coils, and project cargo. Other types of RoRo cargo such as vehicles, mobile cranes, caravans, campers, and excavators can also be loaded.
‘We have had great support by Godby Shipping for the vessel and our local partners in the Riga area finding a suitable terminal and stevedores,’ says David von Platen, Line Manager of Wagenborg Shipping Sweden AB.
The RoRo line is to shorten the distance and inland haulage for transport between Riga and the Swedish hinterland. The port of Oxelösund is said to enable a good connection to Stockholm and the Mälardalen region or as far as Gothenburg and Southern Norway. The port of Riga has a terminal located near the city centre and can act as a gateway to Russian and Belarus markets.
Bengt Meuller, Managing director of Wagenborg Sweden says: “The third ro/ro line of Wagenborg could start in cooperation with Godby Shipping. Thanks to their flexible fleet, the capacity of the line between Riga and Oxelösund can be increased if needed by adding a new larger vessel or simply adding a second one to the route.”
Earlier this year, Wagenborg expanded its services with a second sailing in cooperation with Holmen Paper AB between Sheerness, Terneuzen and Södertälje. Simultaneously, Wagenborg established a new agency and booking office in Terneuzen with Wagenborg staff taking care of the booking and agency matters on the ro/ro vessels.
This article first appeared on SWZ|Maritime, a sister publication of PCJ.