The service will stop at Agadir and Casablanca and is designed to boost Swedish exports such as engineering products, timber products and paper. Sweden exports approximately 400,000 m3 of sawn timber to Morocco annually.
"It is extremely encouraging that Seago Line has identified market potential in the trade between Sweden and Morocco and that it has chosen to invest in Gothenburg as a freight hub," said Claes Sundmark, vice president of Business Area Cargo, Roro and Rail at the Port of Gothenburg.
The new Gothenburg service will call at St Petersburg – Gdansk – Gothenburg – Bremerhaven – Antwerp – Casablanca – Agadir.
Swedish exports to Morocco have more than doubled in the past ten years, and were valued at $320 million in 2013. During the first nine months of 2014, exports rose a further 49% year-on-year.
Seago also announced an extension to its Ligurian Sea Service to include a stop at Casablanca. The service will operate a weekly, fixed schedule with transit time of six days between Leghorn, Italy to Morocco.
As an independently operating entity within Maersk Group, Seago Line is responsible for handling Intra-European container activities and is focused on the European region, Mediterranean, Russia and Baltics.