Copenhagen Malmö Port AB (CMP) is the largest port operator in the Öresund region, one of the most dynamic markets in the Nordic region, with some four million consumers. Each year the company offers efficient transport and logistics services to nearly 8,000 ships. CMP is also located at the gateway to the wider Baltic Sea region with its 100 million consumers and hundreds of thousands of businesses. Because of this strategic location, the company’s facilities often serve as a logistics hub, where CMP’s client businesses collect, store and process their products. Examples of such areas include cars, stainless steel and oil.

CMP is a full-service port. In Copenhagen and Malmö port workers handle a wide variety of goods, including consumer goods, transit oil, grain, scrap metal, building materials, industrial inputs and new cars. Malmö is the largest import and distribution port for new cars in the Nordic region. CMP also handles cruise and passenger traffic, with some of the busiest traffic in northern Europe. Copenhagen is today the largest and most popular cruise destination in the region, with some 820,000 passengers in 2011.

Close partnership

CMP’s facilities offer transport and logistics services in cruise, ferry, RoRo and container traffic, car imports, combi traffic by rail, and oil and dry bulk terminals. The wide span of business segments makes CMP less sensitive to fluctuations in the economy. It also makes it easier for the company to deliver professional services by adapting technology, infrastructure and employees to the customer’s needs. The company’s partnerships with customers are, as far as possible, based on long-term agreements which provide for shared responsibility and risks, with an emphasis on profitability. This reciprocal relationship also allows CMP and its customers to co-fund technology and infrastructure projects, develop new revenue models and build partnerships that are attractive for both parties over time.
CMP is also benefiting from new transport and infrastructure projects in northern Europe, including plans for a bridge between Germany and Denmark, a new rail tunnel between Helsingborg and Helsingør, and new investments in high-speed trains. CMP is in a good position to exploit the commercial opportunities that this will open. The company already serves as a logistics hub for Toyota and Spanish steelmaker Acerinox, for whom Malmö is the reloading point for cargo destined for the Baltics, Russia and other parts of northern Europe. CMP is also an important hub for handling of crude oil shipments between Russia and Australia, the US and other markets.

New expansion opportunities

Longer-term, CMP’s hub location is expected to become increasingly important. A growing number of global manufacturers are seeking to concentrate their distribution to regional hubs. For companies which have a strategic location and are able to offer the right service this will open up significant growth opportunities. Another trend is towards higher rail freight volumes. This so-called combi traffic is already an important growth area for CMP, where volumes have increased by several factors over the last three years.
Cruise traffic also offers new opportunities for growth. The cruise market is dominated by a small number of large carriers which in recent years have invested growing resources in expanding cruise tourism to new markets, including European destinations. Copenhagen has emerged as a hub for this traffic in northern Europe. The number of ships and passengers has increased steadily over the past ten years and Copenhagen has received multiple international awards as a cruise destination. To take advantage of these developments, a new cruise ship quay is now being built in Copenhagen. The new quay will be 1,100 metres long, can accommodate three large cruise ships simultaneously and is scheduled to be ready for the 2013 season.

Tomorrow’s port

CMP is a front runner in terms of implementing new logistics and infrastructure solutions. In future intermodality will be a key concept, which involves handling goods from ships, trains and lorries in one and the same place.
In 2011 the Northern Harbour in Malmö, which has highly developed intermodal solutions, went into operation. Here, ship, rail and lorry traffic are brought together in a way that speeds up and improves the cost effectiveness of goods handling. The Northern Harbour already has two existing tracks for rail freight and the area has been prepared to accommodate additional tracks if traffic volumes were to increase further in future. CMP also has three cargo and ferry terminals in the Northern Harbour. At these new terminals the company can handle five time times more goods than previously. In the Northern Harbour CMP and the City of Malmö, with support from the European Union, have created tomorrow’s transport and logistics hub, which will offer significant development opportunities and where demands for high technical standards and service go hand-in-hand with environmentally adapted, sustainable long-term solutions.