Decreasing activities combined with the future environmental requirements mean that the RoRo terminal Älvsborg in Gothenburg is no longer a solid business. Analyses by consultants Cannizaro point to several areas that hold a potential for operational and organizational improvements, though large savings are necessary across the board.
“Volumes have fallen following the financial crisis and we are facing significant pressure on all parts of maritime transport and therefore also on the terminal when the sulphur directive comes into force on 1 January 2015. And as the terminal is already making a loss, adapting operations to the new reality is urgent. We can only do this together. The aim is to save DKK 65 million a year through more efficient operations so we secure the terminal as a business and as a good major workplace in Gothenburg. We have to create the financial room for making essential investments so we can retain existing business and preferably also attract new,” says CEO Niels Smedegaard according to DFDS' own newsletter.