Market situation

Presently, The Port of Larvik is in an expansive phase and has an annual cargo turnover in the region up to two million tons. Traffic through the port can be divided into four main segments; container traffic, ferry traffic, stone export and other general cargo traffic.



Container
Traffic figures for the container ports in Oslo Fjord show that Larvik has tripled its market share in the last decade. 61,700 containers (TEUs) were transported via the Port of Larvik in 2012, compared to 69,300 TEUs in 2011. Imports increased by 12 percent and Larvik became second largest container port in Norway.

The market potential is large – there is a clear tendency that constantly diversified goods are being transported by container, and today`s container transport is so cost efficient that even more goods will justify this type of transport via the network of overseas lines.

Ferry
The ferry traffic is one of the factors throughout the years which has been the basis for the port's economy. Since its start in 1937, as the first ferry connection between Norway and Denmark, this line has developed into one of the most important of the overseas ferry routes.

The ports of Oslo, Sandefjord, Larvik and Kristiansand dominate the ferry market within the south east of Norway. The main participants within this market are Color Line, DFDS Seaways and Stena Line.

In June 2008, the new ferry facilities at Revet were opened. At the same time, Color Line`s new ferry “SuperSpeed 2” was introduced to the Larvik - Hirtshals line. New ship, as well as new travel concepts, have been a big success for the company.

Passenger traffic via the Port of Larvik was 777,000 passengers (+7 percent from 2011) and cargo by ferries 564,000 tons in 2012 (and 2011).

Stone exports
Stone blocks, mainly Larvikitt, have for many years been a predominant export article through the port. Annual export volumes have in recent years varied between 300,000 and 400,000 tons. Stone blocks are shipped either to European ports or in containers for reshipping to overseas vessels that continue on to Asian markets.

"Armour Rock", "Reinforcement Stone" or "Waste Stone" are three names describing the same product, which is a by-product from extracting stone blocks. Up to 800,000 tons are exported yearly on barges to England (among others) where it is used for securing the coastline against erosion.

The market potential is considered sizable, but yearly volume swings back and forth due to duration and quantity of contracts.

Other general cargo
This comprises of cargo traffic generated by Nor Lines' route along the Norwegian coas, Scandinavia and the Baltic States, along with wood products and some iron and steel transportation.

The total cargo turnover yields an annual tonnage of 100,000 tons. 

LARVIK HAVN KF

Havnegata 5, 3263 Larvik
Postboks 246, 3251 Larvik

Telefon: (+47) 33 16 57 50
e-post: post@larvik.havn.no


 
 

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59° 2'25''N  (59.04028 Lat)
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