Copenhagen Malmö Port AB (CMP) is the largest port operator in the Öresund region and one of the largest in the Nordic region. The company offers transport and logistics services to some 8,000 ships, as well as for a large number of land-based transport flows. The Öresund region is a dynamic transnational market in Northern Europe. The nodal points are Copenhagen and Malmö and all in all the region comprises around four million consumers. CMP is also located at the gateway to the wider Baltic Sea region with its 100 million consumers and extensive business structure.
CMP is a full-service port that can receive all types of freight and all types of ships. Full-service also means that CMP provides quay berths and accompanying infrastructure and a wide range of ship operations. In-house services also include a combi-terminal with the focus on intermodal logistics solutions, where freight is efficiently reloaded between ships, lorries and trains. The wide range of services is based partly on our own services and technology, and partly on collaborations with selected business associates. This mix means that CMP can always provide a full range of modern services for its customers that are sustainable in the long-term.
Freight handling in Copenhagen and Malmö includes consumer goods, transit oil, grain, scrap metal, input goods for industry and new cars. In addition, volumes are increasing within building materials as well as partially within new areas such as energy (wood pellets, household waste) and recycling, which are generating interesting business opportunities. A particularly expansive area is new cars, where CMP has grown substantially for several years in a row, and has gradually taken market shares.
CMP is making targeted marketing initiatives in China. The background is that many Chinese companies are on the threshold of establishing themselves in Europe to access new markets with their products. Our marketing is directed at companies that work in areas such as vehicles, work machines or environmental engineering and that want to establish a distribution hub in Northern Europe.
In Copenhagen CMP also handles some of the most extensive cruise and passenger traffic in Northern Europe. During 2012 Copenhagen received some 840,000 passengers and is currently the largest and most popular cruise destination in the region.
A nodal point - hub
CMP’s facilities offer transport and logistics services in cruise, ferry, RoRo and container traffic, car imports, combi-traffic by rail, as well as oil and dry bulk terminals. The focus on more areas in the business segment makes CMP less sensitive to economic trends. This breadth also makes it easier to supply services, where technology, infrastructure and staff can operate within several different business areas, as well as adapt to the respective customer’s requirements.
CMP is already a logistics hub for Toyota and the 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 a hub for intermediate storage for transit traffic of crude oil shipments between Russia and Australia, the US and other markets.
Longer-term, CMP’s hub location is expected to become increasingly important. Increasing numbers of global manufacturing companies – many with their base in Asia – want to concentrate their distribution at regional hubs. For companies that have a strategic location and are able to offer a broad service, this will open up new growth opportunities. Another trend is towards an increase in rail freight. This combi-traffic is already a growth area for CMP, with volumes multiplying in recent years. Capacity has been expanded in Northern Harbour in Malmö in order to derive benefit from the growth potential. At the same time, the terminal area has been prepared to accommodate additional tracks if volumes of combi-traffic were to increase further in the future.
Cruise traffic also offers 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, including European destinations. The number of ships and passengers has increased steadily over the past ten years and Copenhagen has received several international awards as a cruise destination. A new cruise ship quay is now being built in Copenhagen to take advantage of these developments. The new quay – which will be 1,100 metres long with three terminal buildings – can accommodate three large cruise ships simultaneously and is scheduled to be ready for the 2014 season. A cruise operation will also commence in Malmö during 2013, with an estimated 40,000 passengers and 7,000 crew in the first season.
CMP – a port operator of the future
CMP is a front runner in terms of implementing modern logistics and infrastructure solutions. At the same time, the company is in a phase of large-scale investment, with around SEK 2.5 billion being invested in Copenhagen and Malmö between 2010 and 2014. The investments comprise new freight and passenger terminals, quay installations and machinery, cranes and other technical infrastructure. The investments are being made in the light of the increased freight volumes that CMP is going to attract in coming years.
Furthermore, in conjunction with Copenhagen City Council and Malmö City Council, investments are being made in access roads and other infrastructure in connection to the ports. For example, Malmö City Council is investing SEK 300 million in the road network outside the port. In Copenhagen the access roads to the port area are being improved, facilitating CMP’s container handling and other operations. New investments are also planned in rail traffic, for example in Malmö where the aim is to expand capacity and shorten queuing times for goods trains to Northern Harbour.
CMP’s two facilities in Copenhagen and Malmö have been designated EU Core Ports. This has taken place within the framework of the EU’s Connecting Europe programme, which is investing 50 billion euros in the most important infrastructure. It is significant that CMP is viewed as a part of this prioritised infrastructure. The transport aspect of Connecting Europe includes a number of strategic transport corridors with nodal points linking the continent together. The fact that CMP’s ports are included in this network means that the company will to a greater extent be able to obtain public support for investments and future development. The status as Core Port also facilitates cooperation with national infrastructure actors in Denmark and Sweden, which is to the benefit of CMP.