Scan Magazine | Issue 66 | July 2014

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Scan Magazine | Attraction of the Month | Denmark

‘All life is created from the port,’ goes a saying in the local area of Frederikshavn.

Attraction of the Month, Denmark

A growing gateway to Europe The Port of Frederikshavn is one of Denmark’s busiest ports and a main link between Scandinavia and the European continent. And it is getting even bigger. By Thomas Bech Hansen | Photos: Port of Frederikshavn

Look up Frederikshavn on a map, and you will notice a distinct feature about this Danish town near the northernmost tip of Jutland. Punctuated lines indicating ferry routes form an almost artistic pattern as they weave and stretch from the port and into the Kattegat. North, south, east. Long, medium, short.

made in line with the port’s strong ties to the local community. “There is a saying in Frederikshavn that all life is created from the port. And cheap ferry tickets are not enough. So along with the town’s tourism council we are developing new activities and new areas around the port for travellers to enjoy,” says Sørensen.

Motorway starts here

Businesses are also set to benefit. “By 2016 we will have a significantly increased capacity. This is a must because more companies want to locate their business here, and existing ones require deeper waters for larger ships. Put simply, we want to offer the best facilities and worldcalibre maritime services now and in the future.”

“Once you set foot in Frederikshavn, you are right in the heart of destination North Jutland. And, being located in the centre of Scandinavia, we are a strategic hub for traffic to and from the Baltic States and the rest of the world,” says Mikkel Seedorff Sørensen, the port’s CEO. In fact, the port provides direct access to the European motorway grid, as the E45 starts at the gates of the port. As the principal port for ferry routes to Norway, Sweden and the Danish island of Læsø, Frederikshavn is a hub for road transportation between Scandinavia and Europe. Port enlargement Increasing demands have led to an ambitious investment plan, which includes a wider expansion project. This is a strategy

Quay figures: 4,550 ships arrive each year.

Port of the future: By 2016, the Port of Frederikshavn will have: • • • • • •

deepened harbour basins to 11 metres deepened the fairway to 12 metres widened the entrance to 200 metres doubled the port area added basins and wharf facilities enlarged hinterland areas

3,910 ships are ferries carrying 1.76 million passengers, 356,785 passenger cars, 168,206 lorry units, 2,482 coaches and cargo totalling 2.45 million tonnes.

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