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Published 30 Apr, 2018

Impact of the Fixed Fehmarn Belt Link on the Transport of Ferrous Metals

The report by TENTacle partner Rostock Port analyses the current situation and possible future effects of the Fixed Fehmarn Belt Link on the modal split of products from metal industry as well as consequences and recommendations for the maritime transport industry.

Steel is the most widespread base material with applications in all fields of human activity. Globally, steel as a construction material will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. The centre of world steel production is in Asia, close to half of the world production in China. Crude steel production in Sweden and Finland stands at 2.8% and 2.5% respectively of EU-28 production. Sweden’s main trading partners by total volume are Germany, Finland, Norway, United Kingdom and Italy. Transport of iron and steel between Nordic countries and the continent is conducted by sea, rail and road. The estimated share of sea transport in metals transport amounts to considerably more than half of metals cargo volume.

The Fixed Fehmarn Belt Link is to create a further high-capacity land route between Central Europe and Southern Sweden for road and rail transport in competition to existing land, sea and combined routes. Total cargo volume is expected to grow to 43.9 or 49.2 million tonnes respectively in 2035 in the two scenarios studied, while metals’ flows are forecasted to grow to 5.8 or 6.1 million tonnes in 2035 at a slightly lower rate. Metals had a share of 13.4% in 2011, expected to stand at 13.3% or 12.5% in 2035. The report show that ports in the southern Baltic Sea are in a good position to become major ports for Nordic metal products industries. The stronger growth of Nordic countries´ metals trade with Central and East European countries compared to Western Europe seems to offer possibilities for market gains.

Download the full TENTacle report here: Impact of the Fixed Fehmarn Belt Link on the Transport of Ferrous Metals and from Northern to Central Europe

Contact for further information:
Mario Lembke
Rostock Port