Construction of the Svea Terminal – a new rail connected crossdocking terminal for forest products at the Port of Gothenburg – is now under way. The new terminal will offer weather-protected transloading immediately beside the port’s ro-ro and container terminals. Operations are due to commence during the first half of 2020.
At the moment, surface preparations are underway at a forthcoming cross docking terminal at the Port of Gothenburg. 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 square metres (equivalent to around three football pitches) – will be built on the 45,000 square metre terminal site, which will allow transloading to take place without being exposed to the elements.
Apart from the tent, there will 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.
“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,” said Claes Sundmark, Vice President, Container, Ro-Ro and Rail at Gothenburg Port Authority.
One of many Railport System investments
The Svea Terminal, closely linked to the Railport system, is the latest in a series of rail investments made at the Port of Gothenburg in recent years aimed at increasing capacity and reliability. In 2018, Gothenburg Port Authority completed the Arken Combi Terminal, which has significantly boosted rail capacity at the port. 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 the Container Terminal.
“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. This is largely due to the virtually unbeatable rail concept constantly under development in partnership with the Swedish Transport Administration, freight owners, rail operators, shipping lines and port operators,” said Claes Sundmark.
The Svea Terminal is being built on behalf of the Gothenburg Port Authority with Skanska as the contractor. It is due to open during the first half of 2020.