Norra Hamnen

Malmö’s new Northern Harbour opened in 2011. Three new terminals were opened, increasing CMP’s freight capacity by a factor of five and paving the way for an expansion of container, RoRo and combi traffic, where goods arrive by rail. The project is a joint initiative by the City of Malmö and the EU, which has provided an investment grant. Including CMP’s contribution, about one billion Swedish kronor has been invested in Malmö’s new state-of-the art transport and logistics hub. The expansion is one of the largest infrastructure projects ever completed in the city, covering an area of some 250,000 square metres. The project also includes a quay with railway tracks leading to a new, large cement terminal.

The ability to combine different means of transport in a port is becoming an increasingly important competitive advantage. In industry jargon, cargo terminals need to be “intermodal”, allowing cargo to be moved easily between ships, trains and lorries. This type of flexible cargo handling solution is also a key element of the EU’s long-term vision for a sustainable transport system. The new facilities in the Northern Harbour meet both the demands for intermodality and sustainable long-term solutions.

In detail: the Northern Harbour

  • The new RoRo Terminal can accommodate three ferries simultaneously. The water depth is 8.5 metres, but can be increased to 10 metres in future. The improved location of the new terminal also means that the mooring time per RoRo ship can be cut by an average of 20 minutes.
  • At the Container Terminal CMP has also invested in a new container crane. It has a longer reach, lifts more and faster than the old cranes, and is expected to increase productivity in CMP’s container handling activities by 20–25 per cent.
  • The Combi Terminal currently has two separate railway tracks for loading and unloading. The tracks are 800 metres long and are designed for handling entire train sets. The Combi Terminal has also been prepared to accommodate another three loading and unloading tracks as needs grow in the future.
  • In addition to quays and terminals, new and larger storage areas for containers, trailers and lorries have also been built in the Northern Harbour. Three properties, new connecting roads and a large number of parking spaces have also been built in and around the harbour.
  • At the entrance to the area there is an autogate, which is an automated, cctv-monitored access control system for lorries and trailers. With the aid of technology, goods are “ticked off” automatically and photographed for quality and security purposes. The autogate also tells the driver where in the area the freight should be collected or deposited. The new technology makes things easier by ensuring that the right goods end up in the right place at the right time.

New business park

The three new cargo terminals are the first stage in a long-term development plan for the Northern Harbour district. In the next stage the City of Malmö and CMP will be establishing the Malmö Northern Harbour Business Park. The goal is to attract companies operating in manufacturing, processing or logistics – companies that are looking for access to quayside land with port services, state-of-the-art cargo terminals and intermodal transport solutions. In an initial stage, starting in 2014, some 200,000 square metres will be opened up for new businesses. In the longer term Malmö Northern Harbour Business Park will extend to about 850,000 square metres. As part of the expansion of the business park, CMP’s terminals and quays in the Northern Harbour will also be expanded.