Container volumes at the Port of Gothenburg rose by 19% in the first six months of the year, with throughput at the Swedish port growing to 378,000 teu.
The growth is high resulting from the fact that last year’s figure was historically weak due to a labour dispute at APM Terminals (APMT) Gothenburg which impacted customers’ willingness to use the port.
Magnus Kårestedt, Gothenburg Port Authority chief executive, said: “Although the container terminal has gone through a very testing period, the situation is looking brighter, with customers and volumes making a welcome return and with several new productivity records during the past six months.
“Whilst the trend is positive, the segment still has a long way to go before it is back where it ought to be.”
There has been no further industrial action at the port since last summer and an agreement with dock workers is nearing fruition.
Gothenberg is now hoping to consolidate its position as Scandinavia’s largest port and will do so by dredging its fairways and the turning area at the container terminal from a of 13.5 m to 16 m, at a cost of SEK4bn (US$450m).