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Published 13 Jun, 2018

Impact of the Fixed Fehmarn Belt Link on the Transport of products from the agriculture sector

The report by TENTacle partner Rostock Port analyses the current situation and possible future effects of the Fixed Fehmarn Belt Link on the modal split and general developments and expectations of products from the agriculture sector as well as consequences and recommendations for the maritime transport industry.

Rostock port examined if the planned construction of the Fehmarnbelt fixed link (FBFL) has a larger influence on the agrarian goods stream, which currently crosses the eastern Baltic Sea.

Taking present plans and estimated figures of the goods and passenger transport as a foundation for the calculations, the western transport flow via the FBFL and the present eastern link will not significantly affect each other. Due to infrastructure investments in the scheme of the FBFL, existing bottlenecks in the railway segment between Maschen and Padborg will be removed and will relief the Great Belt link of increasing goods traffic activities from Germany and South Jutland, which is expected by Denmark. It will lead shorten the travel time on the transport route Hamburg - Luebeck - Copenhagen in particular with re-grouping cargo from ferry to road and/or railway.

Therefore the risk, that just the opening of the FBFL will lead to substantially decreasing agrarian quantities from the port Rostock is highly unlikely and has thereby on the sea port Rostock no direct or significant impacts. But there are of course business opportunities for the region that need to be developed to benefit from future changes in logistics chains.

Download the full TENTacle report here: Investigation of Potentialities and Development Tendencies as well as Derivative of Recommendations for Action in the Market Segment Grain

Contact for further information:
Mario Lembke
Rostock Port