Bob Page is the sailing Englishman who loves Sweden. Now he is ready for his final major assignment: To ensure that the container terminal at the Stockholm Norvik Port becomes exactly as good as everyone anticipates.
In the 1990s Robert “Bob” Page worked with logistics for Volvo in Gothenburg. He really enjoyed his work and became close friends with his colleague Göran.
“Our families celebrated Midsummer according to Swedish traditions and we often went out sailing together. It was a really wonderful time,” Bob Page reminisces.
After spending some years in Gothenburg, the Page family then returned to England. But their memories of Sweden remained, along with a desire to return some day. Six months ago the opportunity suddenly arrived. Bob Page, who has worked for years for the world’s largest container terminal operator, Hutchison Ports, found out that the company would be running the container terminal at the new freight port, the Stockholm Norvik Port, and were looking for a CEO.
“I told my boss that I really wanted the job. He was a bit surprised, as the plan had been that I would shortly retire. But this assignment was so enticing that I was prepared to postpone my retirement,” Bob explains.
On June 1 Bob Page took up his post as CEO of Hutchison Ports Sweden AB. In practice the assignment is to ensure that the container terminal at the Stockholm Norvik Port becomes the major success that everyone is hoping for. The new freight port is expected to be completed in 2020 and Bob is working closely with Ports of Stockholm to make sure that the project stays on schedule and that the technological solutions are up to scratch.
Since he started to work on the project he has himself made suggestions for changes to the design of the container terminal.
“As the legal processes have been protracted, the original plans for the design of the port now have some years on the clock. But the things I have chosen to change are mostly at the fine detail level. The broad strokes look very good,” says Bob.
The development of the container terminal has two phases. In phase one the capacity of the terminal will be sufficient to handle 250,000 TEUs annually. This is four to five times more than the current terminal at the Frihamnen port handles annually.