Port of Gothenburg appoints new Harbour Master; construction of new terminal

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Port of Gothenburg appoints new Harbour Master; construction of new terminal

May 23, 2016 - 14:39
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The Port of Gothenburg has appointed a new Harbour Master – Åsa Kärnebro. Åsa has been deputy Harbour Master at the Port of Gothenburg since 2010. A key area in which Kärnebro says there is potential for development is the port's arrival procedure.

Gothenburg’s new Harbour Master Åsa Kärnebro Picture: Port of Gothenburg

"It is extremely important to retain our position as the largest port in the Nordic region. But this requires clearer collaboration and more extensive sharing of information between the members of the port cluster and the vessels arriving at the port. I am currently investigating how we can encourage all those involved to pull in the same direction even more and improve communication before the vessel arrives. If we can achieve this then we can reduce the lead times”, she said.

Moreover, the Port of Gothenburg is set to expand with the construction of a new terminal at the outer port area. It is the largest expansion project at the port since the 1970s. The terminal will be built using dredging spoils and is expected to be completed at some point after 2020.

The maximum draught for vessels calling at the terminal will be 11 metres. 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. It has still not been decided what type of goods the new terminal will handle – containers, rolling goods such as trailers and cars, passenger traffic or a combination of several types of freight. The area will be 220,000 m2. The cost of the investment is expected to be in the region of one billion kronor.