Container volumes increase again at the port of Gothenburg
Port of Gothenburg
Sweden’s major port of Gothenburg has reported 212,000 TEU in the first quarter of 2022, which translates to a 4% growth, the sixth consecutive quarterly increase. It is also the highest total figure for the period January-March since 2014, according to the port data.
In the port of Gothenburg, some 60% of container freight passing through the port is transported by rail.
“The high proportion of rail freight provides a great climate advantage and also helps mitigate the current truck driver shortage affecting many other ports,” said the Gothenburg Port Authority in a statement.
In the previous year, several new rail shuttles were introduced and the number of departures and volumes on existing shuttle routes increased. This can be seen in the figures for the first quarter of 2022, when 126,000 TEU were transported by rail, which for the period is the highest figure in the port’s 400-year history.
”Ultimately, the Port of Gothenburg’s volume upturn is the result of exemplary handling at all levels, from when the vessels arrive in the port area until they leave. When conditions are difficult and vessels call irregularly, extraordinary efforts are required from everyone involved, both on the sea and landside. It is the sum of these efforts we now see in black and white,” commented Elvir Dzanic, Gothenburg Port Authority chief executive.