Wallenius-SOL is a Swedish shipping company with almost two centuries of experience. The alliance between Wallenius Lines and Svenska Orient Linien (SOL) was initiated in 2019. The ro-ro vessels arrive from Sweden and Finland with paper products on cassettes, SECUs and containers, and return northwards with other cargo.
Ragnar Johansson, CEO of Wallenius-SOL, talks about the changes he has seen with regard to the shipping of paper products. A decade ago, each paper mill chartered its own – usually small – ships to convey its products to the same regions. He also noted that no new ships had been built for this type of traffic for 15 years.
Meanwhile, resulting from the emergence of the internet, paper mills have been seeing the demand for particularly newsprint paper dwindling, year after year. Their focus has shifted to such products as consumer packaging board, which is still a strongly growing business. Furthermore, wood fibres are recyclable and the industry is anticipating on the infinite possibilities provided by this raw, natural raw material.