The Port of Gothenburg begins fairway deepening project

The Port of Gothenburg begins fairway deepening project

The Port of Gothenburg has begun its quay reinforcement and fairway deepening project, which plans to expand the draught at the terminal up to 17.5 metres from 13.5 metres.

Quay reinforcement has started at the terminal while the fairway dredging work is set to begin in Q3 of 2026. The project is expected to be completed in Q4 2027/Q1 2028.

The Skandia Gateway project aims to expand the port’s capacity to accommodate ships measuring up to 430 metres in length and 65 metres in width.

The work had already unofficially started with excavation and diving works when representatives from the port, the shipping world, the cargo owner side, and politics had gathered at the far end of the quay in Skandiahamnen, the Port of Gothenburg container terminal, to celebrate the project’s launch.

“When this project is completed by the turn of the year 2027-2028, Swedish industry will have better transport conditions and be better connected to the rest of the world,” said Göran Eriksson, CEO at the Gothenburg Port Authority during the ceremony.  

“This in itself means that Sweden’s competitiveness increases, which is the driving force at the Port of Gothenburg.”

This happened as initial groundwork as well as regular terminal operations were going in full swing all around, reported the port.

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Swedish Infrastructure and Housing Minister, Andreas Carlson, was among the stakeholders present, and he chose to emphasize the importance of the Skandia Gateway project, considering ‘Sweden Inc’s’ conditions to continue developing the country’s prosperity.

“This is crucial not least because Sweden is such an export-dependent industrial country,” said Carlson.

“Shipping and ports have key positions to ensure that growth can continue, that more jobs can be created, and that it can happen in a climate-sustainable way that enables us to reach our ambitious climate goals.”

Last November, the Port of Gothenburg announced that an infrastructure project to rebuild and upgrade a 300-metre-long dock to 2.0 will begin next year.

More recently, the Port of Gothenburg completed one of its largest infrastructure projects ever, carrying out emission-free excavation work using a hydrogen generator featuring completely new technology.

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