Mån 6 dec / År 39 / Nr 4 2021

The Port of Gothenburg has the people of the city at heart

The Port of Gothenburg continues expansion as planned and in line with the city’s celebration of its 400-year anniversary in 2021. The port was in fact established in 1620, one year ahead of the city, thus from the very beginning being a prerequisite for the city’s creation and development. This is still true today, as the Port of Gothenburg remains one of Sweden’s most important gateways to the world.
 
A large part of the goods purchased in Sweden have come by sea, and many have passed through the Port of Gothenburg. The port is often referred to as Sweden’s most important gateway to the world, and it becomes even more evident as the port maintains its freight volumes during the coronavirus crisis.
“Operating results from the first part of the year are positive, indicating high freight volumes despite the lock-down in Europe. The planned expansion will go ahead, and above all, continuously reducing the port’s impact on the environment is always at the core of our efforts”, says Cecilia Magnusson, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Port of Gothenburg.
 
Cooperation and people at heart
There is probably no other port in Sweden, maybe not even in Europe, as loved and as often referred to as the Port of Gothenburg. The port is in many ways the very heart of the city. Some of it is built on land that would be most attractive for housing development and for expanding the city centre, but it is still earmarked as a place for port operations.
“In parallel with the port’s day to day activities, we cooperate with the city, the region, with other ports, shipowners, railway developers and the Swedish Transport Administration. Equally important to us is keeping the great reputation that we have, and the pride that is associated with the port. Thus, we keep the people of Gothenburg close to our hearts, we value their opinions and ideas on how the port may be developed further”, Cecilia Magnusson continues. 
 
All projects are green
The current expansion largely revolves around the development of container shipping and the port’s ability to handle increased volumes in a way that reduces the entire shipping business’ impact on the environment. Building stronger collaborations with railway developers and operators is the key.
“Over 60 per cent of our existing container cargo connects to and from the port via rail. Few, if any, other ports in the world come anywhere near that ratio, which is also a key aspect in reducing CO2-emissions in and around the port. At the same time, we must bear in mind that larger freight volumes will put even more strain on the existing railway system in the port. The expansion of the Gothenburg Port Line is a most welcome development”, says Cecilia Magnusson. 
There are many other ongoing projects at the Port of Gothenburg. All have something to do with providing green solutions. One example is the current work being done to create a deeper fairway all the way to quayside. This will allow for the world’s largest ocean vessels to enter the port at full capacity.
The fairway project has great importance not only for Gothenburg but for Sweden as an exporting nation. When completed, the new fairway will open new doors to the world, allowing even more goods to pass through the Port of Gothenburg.