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Passenger, cargo carriage through Estonian ports grows in 2017

In 2017, the number of international traffic passengers served by Estonian ports increased by 3%, the number of national traffic passengers by 7% and the freight volume of ports in tons by 3%. Last year a record number of passengers used the services of Estonian ports. In 2017, nearly 10.9 million passengers visited Estonian ports by international transport, which is 3% more than in 2016.

The growth was mainly due to a gradual increase in the number of passengers travelling between Estonia and Finland, which reached 9 million. Around 160,000 more passengers arrived from Finland and 114,600 more passengers departed to Finland compared to 2016. Between Estonia and Sweden, 1.3 million sea passengers were transported, which is 7% more passengers compared to the previous year.

A total of 592,300 cruise passengers arrived by sea, 19% more than the year before. Three out of four passengers used Estonian ships in international sea traffic.

The number of passenger ship calls at Estonian ports in international sea traffic was around 6,170, 1% less passenger ships than in 2016, and 326 cruise ships called at Estonian ports, compared with 285 in 2016. On international routes, around 2 million vehicles were served by ports, of which 71% were passenger cars and 26% were trucks and trailers. On main national ship lines, around 2.4 million passengers were transported, which is 7% more than in 2016.

On those lines, 899 more ship trips were made than in 2016, totaling 16,100 trips. On main national lines, approximately 1.02 million vehicles were served, which is 85,700 more vehicles than in 2016. In 2017, Estonian ports handled 34.8 million tons of cargo, which is 3%, or 1.2 million tons more than the year before.

A total of 23.5 million tons of goods were loaded and 11.3 million tons of goods were unloaded in Estonian ports in 2017, which means that 4% more goods were loaded and 2% more goods were unloaded than in 2016. In 2017, 114 more cargo ships called at Estonian ports than in 2016. The average gross tonnage of cargo vessels totalled about 11,100.

Transit goods were loaded and unloaded in ports in the amount of 17.9 million tons, which is 1% less than in 2016. Around 12.7 million tons of transit cargo was loaded and 5.1 million tons unloaded at Estonian ports. The most frequently handled group of transit goods at Estonian ports was refined petroleum products, which totaled 11.4 million tons, although the transport of these products decreased by 5% on year.

The loading and unloading of chemicals and chemical products as transit goods amounted to 4.7 million tons, which is 5% more than the year before. In addition to transit goods, 10.7 million tons of goods were transported abroad through ports and 6.2 million tons of goods arrived at Estonian ports, which is respectively 9% and 10% more than in 2016. Goods transported abroad through ports were mainly a mixture of types of goods transported together, 3.1 million tons, and products of forestry and logging, nearly 2.2 million tons.

Goods that arrived at Estonian ports included primarily a mixture of types of goods transported together, 3.1 million tons, and products of mining and quarrying, 1.4 million tons.

Sea container transportation through ports expressed in TEUs increased by 13% compared to the previous year, amounting to around 230,400 TEUs in 2017.

The number of containers shipped out of Estonian ports on vessels was around 111,900 TEUs and the number received at Estonian ports was nearly 118,500 TEUs.

Daimler starts delivering electric trucks in the UK

Daimler is moving ahead with its electric truck programs and it is now expanding its range of first deliveries to customers for the Fuso eCanter electric truck. This week, the German automaker confirmed the first deliveries in the UK are now happening.

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After starting delivery in the US[1] last year and then in Germany a few months back[2], Daimler confirmed that a handful of customers have now received the vehicle this week. As part of Daimler’s open test program, the first nine trucks went to the courier service DPD, the logistics company Wincanton and the baked goods manufacturer Hovis.

Each of those companies operate important truck fleets and if the tests are successful, they could quickly electrify their fleet for urban and short routes as soon as the vehicle goes into volume production, which is expected in 2020. As we previously reported, the FUSO eCanter is meant for urban routes with a range of only 100 kilometers (62 miles) and a load capacity up to three and a half tons – depending on body and usage. The vehicle is powered by an electric powertrain with six high voltage lithium ion battery packs with 420 V and 13.8 kWh each for a total of ~83 kWh of capacity.

The test program will reach 500 trucks over the next few years with small batch deliveries to customers like these until they reach volume production. It’s one of several electric truck programs from Daimler. They are also working on the bigger all-electric eTruck, which has a 26 ton capacity, a massive 212 kWh battery pack, and ~125 miles of range [Gallery].[3]

The range is still limited compared to what Tesla is working on with its ‘Tesla Semi’ program, but the eTruck would be aimed at shorter routes with a higher load capacity than the Fuso eCanter.


  1. ^ starting delivery in the US (electrek.co)
  2. ^ in Germany a few months back (electrek.co)
  3. ^ all-electric eTruck, which has a 26 ton capacity, a massive 212 kWh battery pack, and ~125 miles of range [Gallery]. (electrek.co)

Daimler delivers first all-electric Fuso eCanter trucks to UK customers

Daimler Trucks has handed over the first all-electric Fuso eCanter trucks to customers in the UK. The electric light-duty truck (7.5 tonnes) is added to the UK market following launches in New York, Tokyo and Berlin. In London Daimler handed over the Fuso eCanter vehicles to the courier service DPD, the logistics company Wincanton and the baked goods manufacturer Hovis.

DPD, Wincanton and Hovis are initially starting with a total of nine Fuso eCanter vehicles in their fleets. The vehicles have a range of around 100 km and are used in urban short-radius delivery in and around London. More than 90,000 kms already driven in everyday tests ensure that the customers in Great Britain and other markets can also drive a reliable and economical vehicle.

With the world’s first series-produced all-electric light-duty truck Daimler Trucks is reacting to the continuously growing demand for emission-free and low-noise urban distribution haulage. First UK customers
DPD is an international courier service which delivers 4.8m on parcels a day in over 200 countries. In Great Britain DPD employs over 6,000 employees and drives 2,340 vehicles.

DPD will use two Fuso eCanter for an initial period of two years. Wincanton is Great Britain’s largest logistics service provider and employs around 17,500 employees at more than 200 sites. The company plans to use five Fuso eCanter trucks in its fleet.

Hovis is a company specialising in baked goods and has its headquarters in High Wycombe. It employs around 3200 people in Great Britain. Hovis is starting out with two Fuso eCanter trucks.

Customers in the UK are benefiting from a wealth of experience
The Fuso eCanter was developed by the Daimler subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp. (MFTBC). Production for the European and US market is in Tramagal (Portugal). The Fuso eCanter models for customers in Asia come from the MFTBC plant in Kawasaki.

Following its global market launch in September 2017 in New York the first eCanter went to companies such as UPS in the US, Yamato and 7-Eleven in Japan as well as DHL, DB Schenker, Rhenus and Dachser in Germany. The eCanter has a gross vehicle weight of 7.49 tonnes and depending on the body and area of application a load capacity of up to 4.5 tonnes. The vehicle’s electric drive system comprises six high-voltage lithium-ion batteries with 420 V and 13.8 kWh respectively.

With a permanent-magnet motor it delivers 129 kW (180 hp) of power to the rear axle via a single-speed transmission.

One battery charge facilitates a range of around 100 kms.

This range exceeds the distance usually covered per day in light-duty distribution haulage.

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