Stena Line and the Port of Rotterdam agree to build a second berth at Europoort

London, 10 July 2015 - Stena Line and the Port of Rotterdam announce their collaboration to build a second berth at the Stena Line terminal at Europoort, as part of a 27 million Euro investment.

Freight volumes between Rotterdam and the UK have continued to grow in recent years as the economy recovers from the crash in 2008 and predictions for sustained future growth are positive.

Annika Hult, Route Manager, Stena Line North Sea: “We are pleased with the development of the second berth in Rotterdam and of our routes to Harwich and Killingholme. We believe in the future of Europoort as a strong freight hub on the North Sea and are committed to the development of the terminal as part of a long term investment plan. The second berth allows us to fully facilitate business development long-term and to meet future customer demand.”

Joyce Bliek, Director Containers at Port of Rotterdam: “This is a big investment and demonstrates the confidence in the RoRo-market’s long-term development and the growing freight volumes to and from Rotterdam. The Port of Rotterdam is committed to enable a further growth; amongst others via developing additional rail capacity to strengthen the RoRo rail infrastructure.”

The work to develop the new berth, with a length of 212m and 6.30m draft, will start shortly and is expected to be completed in Q1 2017. The current berth will then be renewed and both berths are planned to be operational by January 1, 2018 offering Stena Line much greater flexibility to service the growing freight market.

Stena Line: Helen Coop, Four bgb (UK), 0044 (0)20-3697 4200

Stena Line

The Stena Line Group is an international transport and travel service company with Europe's most comprehensive route network, with significant market share on all of its business areas. The strong position is the result of an innovative company culture, stimulating service- and product development combined with strategic company acquisitions.

Facts and figures, the Stena Line Group:

22 strategically located routes in Scandinavia, around the UK and to the Baltic countries35 vessels in trafficOver 5,500 employees, turnover approx. SEK 12 billion. Every year over 7* million passengers travel with Stena Line. The company also transport 1.5 million cars and about 2 million freight units.

*Excluding Helsingborg-Helsingör that was sold in the beginning of 2015  

Stena Line on the North Sea: Stena Line operates four routes between the Netherlands, Hoek van Holland and Europoort (Rotterdam), and the UK, Harwich and Killingholme, with seven vessels in traffic. Every year around 675,000 passengers travel with Stena Line on the North Sea and around 440,000 freight units and 130,000 cars are transported.

Port of Rotterdam Authority

The objective of the Port of Rotterdam Authority is to enhance the port’s competitive position as a logistics hub and world-class industrial complex. Not only in terms of size, but also with regard to quality. The core tasks of the Port Authority are to develop, manage and exploit the port in a sustainable way and to render speedy and safe services for shipping.

Facts and figures for the Port Authority and the Port of Rotterdam:

Port Authority: 1,100 employees, turnover approx. € 660 million.

Port area: 12,500 ha port area (land & water, of which ca. 6,000 ha industrial sites). The length of the port area is over 40 km.

Employment: 180,000 jobs. Goods throughput: approx. 450 million tonnes of goods per annum. Shipping: approx. 30,000 ocean-going vessels and 110,000 inland vessels per annum. Added value: (direct and indirect): over €21 billion, 3.5% of GDP.


About Us

Stena Line is one of Europe's leading ferry companies with 37 vessels and 20 routes in Northern Europe. Stena Line is an important part of the European logistics network and develops new intermodal freight solutions by combining transport by rail, road and sea. Stena Line also plays an important role for tourism in Europe with its extensive passenger operations. The company is family-owned, was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Gothenburg. Stena Line is part of the Stena AB Group, which has about 15 000 employees and an annual turnover of around 36 billion SEK.




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The second berth allows us to fully facilitate business development long-term and to meet future customer demand.
Annika Hult, Route Manager, Stena Line North Sea