The main feature is that Continental Line no longer go via the Oslo Fjord, but directly to West and North Norway. The Poland Line is maintained from Poland via the Oslo Fjord to West and North Norway with weekly frequency. The Baltic Line is spun off and will not be part of the business that Eimskip takes over. DSD, the former owner of Nor Lines continues this line as a wholly owned business.
For the Continental Line, ro-ro, container and project cargo directly from the Continent to the West Coast and Northern Norway is an important new product. For roro Nor Lines will carry vehicles of different size, but also unaccompanied trailer.
The Continental Line serves Eemshaven, Cuxhaven, Sandnes, Bergen, Molde, Bodø, Svolvær, Harstad, Tromsø and Hammerfest each week north bound and calls on Tromsø, Molde and Ålesund southbound. Other ports are served on request.
Almost all ports in the schedule now have ro-ro capacity: Eemshave, Cuxhaven, Sandnes, Bergen, Ålesund, Molde, Trondheim, Bodø and Harstad. Efforts are made to get the ro-ro solutions also in Tromsø and Hammerfest. Meanwhile Nor Lines solves this by "Mediterranean berthing", ie ro-ro ramp directly onto the dock. For the Continental Line Nor Lines offers transport of all kinds of containers and project cargoes on deck - handled by the ships' sophisticated cranes. Nor Lines has its own 45 foot containers and offer door-to-door deliveries. Palletized cargo and general cargo can be handled through the ships' side doors.
Nor Lines agreement to carry cargo on Hurtigruten continues as before. Hurtigruten is the Norwegian coastal steamer that carries passengers and cargo every day from Bergen in West Norway to Kirkenes close to the Russian border.
- With this approach, we will serve customers better with good and fast performance, says Heidi Skare, who is responsible for sea transport in Nor Lines. - We expect that this schedule will continue after the acquisition of Nor Line at Eimskip. The acquisition is now being evaluated by the national competition authorities.