The Gothenburg Port Authority and APM Terminals Gothenburg have launched a new container storage scheme.
The ‘Port of Gothenburg RAILPORT container storage initiative’ was launched in September to optimise logistical solutions and facilitate the movement of import containers from the port to inland terminals closer to the destination all over Sweden.
The port authority said conditions to optimise the project are now in place, thanks to the port’s network of inland terminals all over the country that are connected to the rail network.
“The inland terminals have everything needed in terms of space, equipment, security and know-how to handle and warehouse container goods,” said Claes Sundmark, VP Sales and Marketing at the Gothenburg Port Authority.
“The logic of this is crystal clear, and we’ve had a really good response from the market, now that we’ve further developed this concept together.”
The port’s rail network, Railport Scandinavia, now has more than 30 inland terminals at locations all over Sweden.
The authority also reported an increase in the proportion of rail transport operations at the port – more than 60 per cent of the container goods that pass the quayside is transported by train into or out of the port on the land side.
“Rail transport operations are reliable, efficient and environment-friendly, and the system has high capacity,” added Sundmark.
“The railway has also grown to become even stronger as a land-based transport option in recent times, partly due to increased diesel prices and the current shortage of truck drivers.”
The Port of Gothenburg said the project builds on the necessity to provide relief from continued strain on the logistics chain – due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.
Early this month, the Gothenburg Port Authority announced its collaboration with Stena Line, DFDS, Ørsted and Liquid Wind to establish Europe’s first electromethanol (e-fuels) hub.
The parties are engaging to set up an eMethanol value chain with the determination to have significant volumes of eMethanol accessible at the Port of Gothenburg.