Seaborne container transports in Finland

Suomen konttikuljetukset meritse

In the report the present situation and development outlook of Finnish container transports have been analysed. Contaíner transports are the fastest growing maritime transport sector. Container transports in the Baltic Sea are predicted to quadruple by the year 2O20. The main part of the growth is due to the increasing Russian container traffic. In the 2lst century container transports in Finland increased by almost 800/0. In 2007 the container transports amounted to 1.6 million TEU (or 12.5 million tonnes). The increase is mainly due to the development of the Russian transit import. The reasons for the increasing container transports internationally are e.g. the increase in the trade of valuable goods, the growing demand for reliable and safe transports, the fact that containers are efficient and flexible also when smaller shipments are transported, the competitive price for ocean transports and the keen competition due to the growth prospect in the field and consequently the good supply of vessel capacity. In Finland the container transports are concentrated to a few potts. Kotka, Helsinki, Hamina and Rauma account for almost 90% of the container traffic. According to the interviewed shipping companies the container traffic should be even more concentrated in the future, e.g. because of the growing container ship sizes. The growing trend to use container transports for several types of goods, will to some extent also increase container traffic in smaller ports. In addition to the growing vessel sizes, central trends are among others congested transshipment ports in Europe and increased competition in the Baltic Sea. Due to the congestion, part of the vessel traffic is transferred to new transshipment ports. The competition in the Baltic Sea strenghens the development of the ports in Russia and Poland as well as the entry of ocean shipping companies on the feeder traffic market. The development of the Black Sea route and the Russian train services will increase the competition for transports especially in the Moscow area. Container transports of the Finnish trade will grow along with e.g. the long-distance exports of the discount store chains and the international purchasing cooperation as well as through international expansion to nearby regions. This report may be found at


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  • Accession Number: 01146902
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: TRL
  • ISBN: 978-951-49-2141-4
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 24 2009 8:27AM