The construction of a new rail-connected crossdocking terminal for forest products at the Port of Gothenburg is underway, with operations to begin in the first half of 2020.
The Svea Terminal, which is being built on behalf of the Gothenburg Port Authority, will offer weather-protected transloading immediately beside the port’s roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) and container terminals.
Export cargo such as paper- and carton board, pulp and sawed timber will be able to travel directly into the terminal for transloading into containers or trailers for onward transport by sea to global markets.
The world’s largest storage tent – 21,600 sq m (equivalent to around three football pitches) – will be built on the 45,000 sq m terminal site, allowing transloading to take place without being exposed to the elements.
There will also be open storage areas and five rail tracks. The track leading into the tent will be a production track and the other four tracks will be used as marshalling tracks for the facility.
Claes Sundmark, vice president of container, ro-ro and rail at Gothenburg Port Authority, said: “Once the new terminal is operational, rail-borne freight volumes at the port could increase even further thanks to the expansion in space and transloading capacity that has been added to keep pace with the market demand.
“The new marshalling tracks will also reinforce the port’s rail offering as a whole>”
The development follows the completion of Arken Combi Terminal in 2018, which boosted rail capacity at the Port of Gothenburg.
Meanwhile, the Swedish Transport Administration is in the process of transforming the Port Line into a double-track system, and APM Terminals has already modernised rail operations and increased the capacity at its container terminal in the port.
Sundmark added: “Compared with the other larger ports in the world, we have an extremely high proportion of containerised goods that pass through the port by the Railport system.”