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Establishment of a joint stevedor company in Norway

By Sofia Schultz, September 4, 2017
Greencarrier Freight Services, DFDS Logistics and Seafront Group operate container terminals in Norwegian ports. The activity is significant, but still a small part of the companies' total activities within forwarding, shipping, logistics and terminal operations.

The companies act as stevedors at container terminals in Moss, Drammen, Larvik, Brevik, Kristiansand and Bergen. Together they handled about 280,000 teus in 2016.

Through a recently signed agreement we have established the joint venture Nordic Port Services AS (NPS). Agreements relating to operation of container terminals will be transferred to NPS. Our employees directly involved in operating the container terminals will also be transferred to NPS.

This applies to personnel and activity from the following companies:

• Greencarrier Shipping & Logistics AS, Department of Moss, Drammen, Larvik, Kristiansand and    Bergen.
• Moss Stevedore AS, Moss
• Larvik Container Terminal AS, Larvik
• North Sea Terminal AS, Brevik
• Seafront Port Service AS, Kristiansand

Discharge and loading of containers, clearance of liner ships, storage of containers, (depot services) and gate control of containers are being transferred to NPS together with the ro-ro activity in Brevik. Other terminal activity, 3PL activity and other storage, unloading and loading of other vessel types will not be transferred to NPS but remain an activity associated with the owner companies as is the case today.

Transport of goods in containers has had a very positive development during the past years. Through the establishment of NPS we have the opportunity for further professionalization. The company will be run by its own management team with full focus on this core area.

Norwegian authorities wish to transfer cargo from road to sea and rail. We are certain that efficient and professional steverdoring operations in Norwegian container ports will be an important conduit to help fulfill the government’s goals.
Subject to approval from the Competition Authority within the planned timeline, NPS will be operational no sooner than January 1, 2018.

If you need further information, please contact:

Greencarrier Freight Services:

Øyvind Lygre

oyvind.lygre@greencarrier.no

Tel. +47 905 41895
DFDS Logistics AS:

Vidar Karlsen

vidar.karlsen@dfds.com

Tel. +47 905 94959
Seafront Group AS:

Morten Årikstad

morten@seafront.no

Tel.  +47 911 87500