The Port of Gothenburg, Sweden, has announced the construction of a new freight terminal to be completed after 2020 to handle the increase in demand for sea transport via the port.
The port said that it had yet to decide what type of goods will be handled at the new terminal, which could be aimed at handling containers, rolling goods such as trailers and cars, passenger traffic or a combination of several types of freight, thus allowing the port to adapt it to the future market demand.
The new terminal, which is expected to cost approximately 1bn kronor (US$116m), will be able to serve vessels with a draught of up to 11 m.
“This means that traffic will probably take the form of intra-European freight transport – either as a final destination or to the major transhipment hubs in northern Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium for onward movement to various parts of the world,” the port said in a statement.
The terminal, which will have an area of 220,000 sq m, will be run by an external operator. “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,” Magnus Kårestedt, CEO of the Port of Gothenburg said in a statement.
Kårestedt said that the port already noted a rise in demand for sea transport, adding that there is also a “political ambition” in Europe to increasingly switch traffic from land to sea to relieve pressure on the roads and diminish environmental impact.
The new facilities will be built using dredging spoils from maintenance dredging currently going on in the port area. According to the port, “the spoils will be deposited in an embanked area in the bay at Arendal and will be made solid by being mixed with cement”.
Kårestedt explained that the use of dredging spoils allows the reuse of material which would otherwise be sent to landfill, adding however that once the terminal is built, eelgrass, which belongs to the family of seagrasses, will disappear from the seabed.
He added: “Eelgrass is an important part of the marine ecosystem and acts as a nursery for several species of fish. As is always the case when we expand, we compensate for our encroachment on nature and we will therefore replant eelgrass that at least matches the eelgrass that disappears from the bay at Arendal.”