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Cargo continues shipping through Port of Oslo

Cargo continues shipping through Port of Oslo

The Port is fully operational. Relevant measures are in place and under continual reassessment to ensure that the Port remains fully operational.

PUBLISERT: 15.03.20

Photo: Espen Braata

Passenger ferries (ro-pax) were suspended during the weekend 13-15 March. The Color Line ro-ro operation, with the MV Color Carrier Oslo-Kiel, continues. Stena Line has announced the permanent closure of the Oslo-Frederikshavn route with immediate effect.

Cargo operations (apart from ro-pax ferries) remain fully operational.

Measures to safeguard critical personnel for port and ship operations are in place.  These have been communicated and are being enforced.

Customers of the Port are continually followed up, with a particular emphasis on critical functions.

Shipping guidelines are communicated to ships/lines/agents on SafeSeaNet 

Further information at The Norwegian Coastal Administration.

Measures to protect crane drivers and other personnel critical to ship/terminal operations are in place. The terminal is closed to all visitors, and comprehensive hygiene and contact procedures are enforced.

Yilport Oslo is handling the situation in a very professional manner. There is regular contact between the port and Yilport Oslo. So far, fewer terminal employees are on sick leave than usual, and no measures (such as overtime) are currently in use.

Turnover has been marginally lower in the first quarter compared to 2019.  However, volumes remain high. The economic situation will necessarily have a stronger impact on volumes over time.

The Port is also in contact with the other ports in the Oslofjord, and there is an agreement in place to provide assistance with critical personnel, e.g. crane drivers, if this becomes necessary.

Norway relies on a functioning transport network to ensure timely supply of goods and cargo to its citizens and businesses.   Maritime traffic, road, rail land air are vital to supply lines in and out of the country.

Delivery of cargo and goods through Norway's largest freight terminal continues as usual. Cargo traffic is vital to sustaining the national and regional economy, with up to 80% of goods destined for customers within a two-hour drive from the port. International ferry traffic to and from Oslo has already been cancelled.  

Port of Oslo will continue to evaluate the situation, maintain dialogue with stakeholders, and adjust measures as required.

For more information:

Oslo Port Control: (cellphone) +47 917 99 900

Port Director Ingvar M. Mathisen:  (cellphone) +47 997 40 050

Traffic Director Einar Marthinussen: (cellphone) +47 975 76 768