Scandinavia’s Biggest Port to Get Bigger


With expansion plans on the horizon, Sweden’s Port of Gothenburg has been granted permission by the Swedish land and environment court to begin constructing a new freight terminal.

The terminal’s estimated completion date is in early 2020.

The new terminal intends to use dredging spoils from maintenance dredging to build an estimated 200,000 square metres at the outer port area; the ports largest expansion project since the1970s.

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Magnus Karestedt, Chief Executive at the Port of Gothenburg said: “We are extremely pleased to receive this decision, which will strengthen Gothenburg as the logistics capital of the Nordic region.

“The terminal is an important part of our future expansion and will present us with an opportunity to handle the increase in demand for sea transport via the Port of Gothenburg.”

“The maximum draught for vessels calling at the terminal is 11 metres; this means that traffic may take the form of intra-European freight transport – either as a final destination or to the major transhipment hubs in various parts of the world.

“We have already noted an increase in demand from the market. There is also a political ambition in Europe to switch more and more transport from land to sea in order to alleviate pressure on the roads and mitigate environmental impact.”

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The nature surrounding who will operate the terminal as well as the type of goods the terminal intends to handle remains ambiguous.

“The permit will allow us to adapt the design of the terminal to what the market will be like in the future.

“Exactly who it will be has not yet been decided although we already know that there is considerable interest in operating a terminal at the largest port in the Nordic region.”

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