In order to accommodate the world’s largest ocean-going vessels, the Port of Gothenburg fairway needs to be deepened to 17.5 metres.
This will prove crucial if Swedish industry is to have greater access to the world in the future.
The Skandia Gateway project is already under way and construction is scheduled to begin during the first quarter of next year.
In general, the project calls for dredging of six kilometres of the fairway that will result in the removal of 12 million cubic metres of clay. At Skandiahamnen, the existing terminal and 1.2 kilometres of quays will be reinforced to allow two ocean-going vessels to load and discharge at the same time.
“We are keeping to the timetable and looking forward to breaking ground. At the moment we are working with technical solutions, calculations, risk analyses, and other preconstruction work. The environmental permit process is taking place in parallel at the Land and Environment Court,” said Jan Andersson, Skandia Gateway Project Manager at the Gothenburg Port Authority.
The permit application was submitted to the Land and Environment Court just before Christmas last year, with additional documentation to be provided if necessary.
Skandia Gateway has three funding bodies: the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Maritime Administration, and the Gothenburg Port Authority. The port is responsible for the cost of reinforcing the quays and dredging the docks.
The work of dredging the fairway as well as the harbor basin and quay measures is expected to be completed by 2026.