Highlights from Port of Oslo 2015
See pictures of the highlights in the port in 2015. .
2015 has been a eventful year. Here are som highlights.
On 14 January two of a total of eight Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes were delievered to the new container terminal at Sjursøya. The cranes arrived early in the morning with the Finnish boat "Meri Turku» from Gdynia in Poland. The journey went well, but was not entirely without weather-related challenges. Strong winds and sea during the crossing made the boat take an extra stop in Germany before the weather conditions in the Kattegat allowed further journey.
New container terminal operator
Yilport - the new container terminal operator at Sjursøya - started on 4 February. It was a quick but also challenging startup with only three days of transition with the introduction of new equipment and systems. Yilport has throughout the year put the running in place and have stated that they have ambitions to develop Sjursøya Container Terminal further on.
Ferries to the Oslofjord islands more accessible
The ferries to the beautiful islands in the Oslofjord is now departing from a new ferryterminal just in front of the City Hall - and is more accessible for all travelers.
Emergency exercise at the port
Over 40 agencies practiced their emergency work under Harbour EX15 in April which was the largest joint civilian emergency exercise in Norway until now. The exercise took place in Sydhavna, and evaluation of the exercise showed good performance and all parties involved will work further on for even better coordination. Port of Oslo is working systematically with the major companies in Sydhavna to ensure effective coordination in the safety work for the area.
Port of Oslo at Transport og Logistics in Munich
Port of Oslo participated with the other Norwegian ports of Bergen, Stavanger, Larvik, Grenland and Kristiansand at the large transport and logistics exhibition in Munich 5- 8 May. The exhibition brings together 2,050 exhibitors from 62 countries.
Portfestival on 14 June
Every year the port of Oslo invites all citizens to join the celebration of the port festival named "Dockside". Thousands of people visited the event in order to enjoy the day and learn more about the actitivties that take place in the port. This year the event also featured the opening of the harbour promenade. Next year the festival will take place 5. June.
11 000 passengers in one day
Oslo's position as Norway's largest passenger port was evident on 16 June as four cruiseships visited the city. The cruiseships Louis Aura, Mein Schiff 4, Regal Princess and Seven Seas Voyager and the regular lines to Germany and Denmark, Color Fantasy, Stena Saga and Crown Seaways provided more than 11 000 passengers to Oslo this day.
Oslo asphalt shipped for recycling
The Port has set major goals for more cargo and is constantly looking for new types of seacargo. 22 September Norsund was the first ship to transport asphalt from Oslo's streets for recycling at the Lemminkäinen asphalt plants in several locations in the country. Asphalt can be recycled 100% and the recycling saves a non-renewable resource, energy and it reduces emissions of greenhouse gases. It is also environmentally friendly to transport this by sea.
The Port of Oslo has also started shipment of timber and the forestry companies have shown great interest in transporting timber through the Port of Oslo.
Two state of the art container cranes in place in Oslo
In September two new container cranes arrived by sea to Norways largest container port at Sjursøya. The new cranes are especially coloured to fit into the landscape, and the latest technology is chosen to ensure the lowest possible noise from the cranes.
In September over 100 of the ports customers and partners found their way to the Maritime Museum and the annual Harbour Meeting. The ports Chairman, Bernt Stilluf Karlsen summed the many changes the port has experiensed since 2000.
Container Art in Sydhavna
The container artwork, Cubic by Swedish artist Michael Johansson, is easily visible at the entrance to the cargoport Sydhavna. The artwork got its name after a naming contest, and is a joint effort between the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and the Port Authority.
New effective access to Norway's largest cargo port
The new Sydhavna access opened 13 November. Equally important was the closing of a port gate near by a school. The pupils now have a safer route to school.
Last containership to the Ormsund terminal
The containership Amerdjik was the last containership to Ormsund to put the end of container operations at the terminal. In the future all container handling i Oslo will be at Sjursøya Container Terminal.
Port and cargo operations will still take place at Ormsund.
We end this years cavalcade with a picture from Akershusstranda, a area that is transformed into a more public friendly area, with among other things this bench shaped like a lifebuoy. In the bacground the City Hall.