Svane Shipping A / S became a reality on 1st of May 2007 when the two shipping companies, Neckelmann & Hansen and Svane & Gjørding merged under the name Svane Shipping A/S and thus formed a new, large shipping company in Kolding.
Merging should ensure that Kolding also in the future could present an active port environment and a competitive, modern and solid shipping company for the benefit of both the city, the port and the many customers in the south eastern Jutland area.
The port of Kolding already at that time played a central role for the development of the local area, due to a number of reasons. As a workplace Kolding Port offered the largest numbers of jobs in the city, while at the same time many companies in the local area depended on the deliveries of cargo to and from domestic ports and especially ports abroad.
In 2007 the port of Kolding was the 8th largest port in Denmark measured in cargo tonnage handled, and already at that time with an important advantage as trimodal distribution center. A trimodal platform is a combination of services within handling ships- roads- and rail. In many other ports, the rails were eventually removed, so there was no longer the possibility of transporting and handling cargo directly to and from the port area by train.