The Port of Gothenburg, the largest port in Scandinavia, is set to expand with the construction of a new terminal at the outer port area.
The terminal will be built using dredging spoils and is expected to be completed at some point after 2020.
The Land and Environment Court has granted the Port of Gothenburg consent to build a new freight terminal beside the existing terminals.
“We are extremely pleased to receive this decision, which will strengthen Gothenburg as the logistics capital of the Nordic region. The terminal is an important part of our future expansion and will present us with an opportunity to handle the increase in demand for sea transport via the Port of Gothenburg,” said Magnus Kårestedt, Port of Gothenburg chief executive.
The maximum draught for vessels calling at the terminal will be 11 meters.
This means that traffic will probably take the form of intra-European freight transport – either as a final destination or to the major transshipment hubs in northern Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium for onward movement to various parts of the world.
Built using dredging spoils
The new terminal will be built using dredging spoils from maintenance dredging that is taking place throughout the port area. The spoils will be deposited in an embanked area in the bay at Arendal and will be made solid by being mixed with cement.
“By using dredging spoils in the construction, we can reuse material that would otherwise be simply sent to landfill,” said Magnus Kårestedt.
Once the new port area has been constructed, eelgrass will disappear from the seabed. Eelgrass is an important part of the marine ecosystem and acts as a nursery for several species of fish.