Strengthening the supply chain between Denmark and the North Atlantic region
The need for transport and logistics in the North Atlantic region is growing, and Blue Water follows suit from central locations
Local knowledge and global experience are always Blue Water’s starting point. Since 1986, the company has been present with its own offices in the North Atlantic region. At present, as the largest provider of transport and logistics services in Greenland with five local offices in the largest cities and in Reykjavik in Iceland.
"Since the 80s, we have been involved in transport and logistics solutions to and from Greenland - and internally in Greenland. We have continuously grown our activities and built up stronger competences that benefit our customers - and we will continue to focus on this in the future", says Ole B. Ulriksen, who is Director North Atlantic, Blue Water.
And it is not only in the north that development is taking place. In Aarhus – from where the majority of freight transport to the North Atlantic region from Europe departs – Blue Water has raised the stakes. Because of increasing numbers of shipments to Greenland, Blue Water has converted 6,000 m2 into a modern cargo terminal in the port of Aarhus - with direct access to the North Atlantic cargo terminal and the shipping companies that sail around Denmark, Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.
Today, Blue Water handles up to 150 containers on a weekly basis from Aarhus, which is the key point for the supply chain between Denmark and the North Atlantic region. Here, Blue Water has a total of 40,000 m2 of terminal for goods handling and 10,000 m2 of storage facilities.
Expansion of terminals at both ends of the supply chain
To ensure that the growing number of consignments from Denmark can be observed effectively into Greenland, Blue Water has made plans for local expansion over the past few years. This applies in Ilulissat, which is a town on the move, especially due to the new Atlantic airport, which necessitates the handling of additional volumes for the city. Therefore, Blue Water will soon inaugurate a new construction of almost 600 m2 of additional office and terminal facilities in the town centre.
The major part of freight traffic from Denmark continues to go to Nuuk. A new Atlantic airport is also being built here, and the existing port is being expanded, which is why Blue Water plans to invest heavily in a significant terminal and office expansion next to the new, modern port area of Qeqertat in Nuuk.
"We still want to have a share in the ongoing growth in Greenland's expanding capital and the larger coastal cities. On a 9,000 m2 building site with a strategically good location, a new building of 800 m2 office facilities and a 2,500 m2 terminal are projected. We hope to put the new facilities into use at the end of 2024, and thus we want to scale our unique position on the North Atlantic market", says Ole Bøgh Ulriksen.
The largest transport and logistics supplier in Greenland
With a wide agent network and offices in Nuuk, Qaqortoq, Sisimiut, Aasiaat and Ilulissat, Blue Water's specialised employees create solutions for all links in the supply chain - with a local understanding of products and needs.
The various services cover everything from private moving tasks, agency for fishing trawlers, sea and air freight as well as larger project transports. Another focus area is cruise agency, where Blue Water will handle more than 200 calls during 2023.