Port of Gothenburg announced that the Svea transshipment terminal, located between the container and ro-ro terminals, is ready to become operational.
The terminal will receive forest products transported by rail from Swedish mills and then will ensure the transfer of the products to containers for onward transport to various parts of the world.
It is expected that the new terminal will handle 60,000-100,000 TEUs in each year.
The terminal has rail connections and can house a 350-metre train. Sensitive products such as pulp and paper rolls can be transported directly into the facility by rail, where under cover they are transferred into a container before being loaded on board the ship.
The Svea transshipment terminal will offer 45,000 square metres of storage space, of which around half the area – 21,600 square metres, is covered by the world’s largest storage tent, which was recently erected. The tent measures 360 metres by 60 metres and is up to 15 metres in height. The steel beams that support the tent weigh 450 tonnes.
Currently, 60% of the Port of Gothenburg container volumes arrive at or leave the port by railway. “This is the result of the long-term investment in the Railport concept, which connects the whole of Sweden to the Port of Gothenburg by rail,” said Claes Sundmark, Vice president Sales and Marketing at Gothenburg Port Authority.
The investments include the current expansion of the double-track Port Line and construction of the Arken Combi Terminal, which has already led to a substantial reduction in road traffic in Gothenburg. A further investment is APM Terminals’ modernisation and capacity expansion on its marshalling line, where trains are loaded and unloaded inside the container terminal.
The new terminal will not only allow rail traffic increase at the port, but it will also contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions which is an important component of port’s strategy to fight against climate change. By 2030, the Port of Gothenburg intends to cut 70% of the carbon emissions and one of the ways is to continue investing in the Railport concept in an effort to increase the proportion of rail- freight transport. “The Svea terminal is ideally suited to realising this ambition. The terminal will increase rail capacity even further and we will be able to double forest product volumes arriving at the port by rail. It also means that we can reduce the port’s climate footprint and provide further conditions that will allow our customers to make climate-smart choices,” Claes Sundmark said.
In 2018, the Port of Gothenburg has officially opened the Arken Combi Terminal providing increased capacity and improved transport efficiency.