Stena Line meets need with Shipping Logistics

Stena Line is busily expanding its breakbulk activities. This demanding and highly diverse cargo segment is handled by the Shipping Logistics division. Clients can count on tailor-made solutions for
both one-off shipments and long-term, multi-modal cargo flows. In both cases, Stena Line can arrange everything from door to door. This will also be the message conveyed by the company at Breakbulk Europe. “In Antwerp, we want to make clear that we are much more than just a ro-ro shipping company that most people associate Stena Line with”, says Peter Kleberg, Head of Shipping Logistics. Stena Line’s versatility is reflected in the product groups it handles: automotive, steel, chemicals, project cargo, retail, concrete elements and paper & pulp. Kleberg heads Shipping Logistics from the company headquarters in Gothenburg. The team consists of eight people, all of whom have demonstrable track records – and therefore the necessary experience and contacts in the sector. The division is supported by local offices throughout Europe; for example Hoek of Holland is responsible for the Benelux, France, Spain and Portugal.

ECG membership
“We can take on a broader range of tasks and are able to provide full logistics concepts. The wishes of the customer are leading in that respect: we completely adapt our logistics accordingly. This means we can also arrange pre-transport, post-transport and transhipment.” Stena Line’s recent membership of ECG, the Association of European Vehicle Logistics, serves as confirmation of the company’s commitment to play an active role. ECG allows for cooperation with all modes of transport to better serve the automotive market. “Through ECG, we have access to all possible information about the logistics of new vehicles; we can use this to better serve our customers in that market.”

Sufficient capacity
For transport, Stena Line can turn to its extensive route network in Northwest Europe. (Extra) capacity for breakbulk and project cargo has been created both aboard the ships and at the terminals
in recent years. Ro-ro traffic and breakbulk can be optimally combined. For quick and convenient unloading and loading, breakbulk cargo is often placed on MAFI trailers. “For the Russian steelmaker Mechel, which supplies pipes to our port in Liepaja (Latvia), we have for example purchased new heavy load MAFI trailers which can handle up to 100 tonnes. The cargo is
moved by ship to Travemünde. From there, we use trailers to distribute the cargo to customers throughout Europe.” Be it steel, paper, chemicals, project cargo or other heavy cargo: Stena Line prefers to take total control. For the client, this means doing business with one trusted partner that can always offer a fitting, customised solution.

This article was published in magazine: In the spotlight breakbulk


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