|Authors:||Inger Beate Hovi|
This project surveys current transport solutions from the northern part of Norway with the purpose to investigate if the freight flows between the northern part of Norway and the Continent are dense enough to establish a frequent service containerline. A national network model for freight transport in Norway (NEMO) has been central in the analysis. We have analysed two alternative transport solutions. Alternative one is a seaborne direct line between the northern part of Norway and Rotterdam. The results show that there are enough freight flows to establish a direct containerline, with weekly departures, though the export volume exceeds the import considerably. The alternative transport solution we have analysed is a direct train between Narvik through Sweden and to Hamburg. Also in this alternative we find that there is enoght freight flows to establish a direct train with two departures per week. In this alternative we find a better balance between import and export.