[By: Port of Helsingborg]
The figures for 2021 are tallied and show that container volumes exceed record year 2019 volumes. The total volume of cargo by sea increased by more than 300 million tonnes and the number of TEUs* increased by 1000 units. Specialized Project Cargo also shows record figures compared to 2019, and ferry traffic has made a strong recovery compared to last year’s figures, especially in the cargo and truck segments.
Logistics demand is growing globally and regionally, with supply chains still facing disruptions, container shortages continuing, and the pandemic entering its third year. Despite these challenges, the Port of Helsingborg has increased the number of TEU* handled by 1,000 units and the cargo volume increased from 7.944 million tonnes in 2019 to 8.246 million tonnes in 2021.
– Four percent increase in volumes compared to 2019 driven by increased volumes with new contracts from existing customers. We can generate this type of data by demonstrating flexible, creative and sustainable investments that contribute to more efficient and customer-centric solutions. Our goal is to be Scandinavia’s most modern port and our business development choices made during the pandemic have had a positive impact and our 2021 figures show that, says Niklas Rommel, CCO of The Port of Helsingborg.
The port of Helsingborg has not been affected like many other ports when it comes to container shortages, owing to the relatively balanced flow of imports and exports. Customer needs have been prioritized, and this has resulted in growth in sectors such as special project cargo as demand has remained high. There has been a record increase of 684 percent for this type of cargo as compared to 2019.
Strong Recovery for Forsea
The ferries saw a steady increase in both freight and truck traffic compared to 2020. The second half of 2021 also saw an increase in overall passenger numbers after the easing of restrictions, but the recovery in goods and trucks is not as strong. segment which grew by eight and 9 percent respectively.
During the latter half of the fourth quarter of 2021, it was cold in southern Sweden, which led to increased bulk handling for pellets to be used as energy in the district heating system in Helsingborg. The winter of 2020 was relatively mild, and this was reflected in the year’s volumes. Liquid bulk goods have seen a growth of five per cent over 2019, while the total volume of dry bulk has decreased slightly during the same period.
The Port of Helsingborg has actively scaled up its business development strategy over the long term and the investment is reflected in the Port’s volume figures for 2021 with an increase of 300 million tonnes of cargo and an increase of 1,000 handled TEU*.
– We have focused on opportunities and improved what our customers tell us. Information about our services is collected through our customer satisfaction surveys which we conduct annually. In surveys, our customers provide important information about the Port’s services, and this provides us with a basis from which to develop improvement projects. By actively working on emerging improvement areas, we can achieve new targets and volumes. During the pandemic, we also kept a close dialogue with our customers to meet the current needs and reduce the pain points. Niklas says.
Despite imbalances in global supply chains, port operations are based on knowledge, cooperation and a strong contingency plan to maintain an equitable supply of goods in uncertain times. There is no indication at this time that volumes or shipping prices will decrease in the coming months.
Our business plan states that the port aligns with local and regional business development and should take an active part in building prosperity in our community, concludes Niklas.
* The Transport Unit Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit, TEU, measures the volume passing through a port. One TEU corresponds to the volume of a container measuring more than 8x9x20 feet or 36.25 square meters.
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