As one of the largest ferry ports in Sweden, located in the south, in Skåne region, Ystad is a natural gateway to the island of Bornholm and Poland.
Port operations consist mainly of daily ferry passenger transport to/from Rønne (Bornholm, Denmark) and Świnoujście (Poland). The port experiences a steady growth in number of travellers, regardless of economic crisis. Ystad is the third largest port in Sweden concerning ferry passengers with well over two million travellers passing through the port yearly. The connection Ystad-Rønne is provided by Molslinjen ro-pax vessels and fast catamarans. The Ystad-Swinoujscie route is operated by Unity Line and Polferries ro-pax and ro-ro vessels, as Ystad is the fifth largest port in Sweden in terms of trucks and trailers. As a total, the port is market leader concerning ferry traffic to Poland. The port is also serving conventional vessels, transporting coal, coke, grain, timber and general cargo. Altogether in 2019 the port handled 250.000 trucks/trailers, 2.300.000 passengers, 650.000 cars, and 3.200.000 cargo tonnes. The port provides trucks, loaders and a mobile port crane with a lifting capacity of 40 tones. Apart from freight management, the port offers storage capacity for short and long periods including third party logistics through external partners.
Additionally, the city of Ystad is a part of the railway line Malmö-Simrishamn and is directly connected by rail to Copenhagen via the Öresund Bridge. In 2012 the port was awarded the Swedish Maritime Forum's environmental diploma for launching the world largest High Voltage Shore Connection to the ferries. The EUR 4.0 mln shore-side supply installation is able to power four ships at the same time, both at 50 and 60 Hz frequencies and at 11,000 voltage.
Port of Ystad, as a result of the thriving increased volumes every year, now expands with two new ferry berths in the avant port, ready for service 2020/2021 to meet the future demands regarding next generation of ferries up to 240 meters.
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