Goteborg (aka Gothenburg) is a major port city in Sweden (country's 2nd-largest, after the capital Stockholm). It is located the mouth of Gota Alv River (on Sweden's west coast), covers a total metro area of 448 km2 (173 ml2) and has population around 550,000 (metro 980,000). This ranks the city's metropolitan area the 5th-largest in the Nordic countries' / Scandinavia - following Stockholm Sweden, Copenhagen Denmark, Oslo Norway, and Helsinki Finland.
The town was established in 1621. It is a major university centre, housing Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg. Volvo (car manufacturing company) was founded here in 1927. The city is served by Goteborg Landvetter Airport, located approx 30 km (19 ml) southeast of downtown. Gothenburg hosts some of the biggest annual events in Scandinavia. Among those are Gothenburg Film Festival (held in January, a leading Scandinavian movie event with over 155,000 visitors per year) and a variety of music festivals (held in the summer), such as Metaltown and Way Out West.
Gothenburg cruise port's statistics show the following numbers of "ship visits / handled cruise passengers" per year:
- 2002 (5 / 2400), 2003 (13 / 5500), 2004 (18 / 14200), 2005 (20 / 12700)
- 2006 (18 / 11300), 2007 (23 / 11400), 2008 (18 / 12400), 2009 (34 / 36000)
- 2010 (41 / 51700), 2011 (52 / 64000), 2012 (62 / 70000), 2013 (39 / 40000)
- 2014 (73 / 108000), 2015 (52 / 100000), 2016 (34 / 56000)
- 2017 (44 / 60000) - the largest among the visiting ships were Norwegian Getaway, the new Mein Schiff 6 (launched in May) and AIDAcara.
- 2018 (44 / 60000)
- 2019 (62 / 100,000) - scheduled call by Disney Cruises (Disney Magic ship) and regular calls by Costa Favolosa (leaving roundtrip from Warnemunde-Rostock on 7-day Norwegian Fjords cruises).
- Among the largest cruise companies which vessels visit Visby are Viking Ocean, NCL, AIDA, MSC, Costa, TUI, Marella, also the luxury brands Seabourn, Silversea, Phoenix Reisen.
Port's cruising season runs from early-April through early-October. On average, while the ship is docked in port, each cruise tourist spends EUR 72 (USD 81) on food, tours / excursions and shopping. In 2017, cruise ship industry generated a revenue of almost EUR 4,3 million (USD 4,8 million).
Due to port's strategic location, it easily became Scandinavia's biggest cargo shipping port. Around 70% of Scandinavia's maritime shipping traffic is concentrated within a 500 km / 310 ml radius around Goteborg.
- Port's terminals can handle largest container ships, ro-ro vessels, oil tankers, bulk cargo ships, car and passenger ferries, cruise ships. The port also has large energy terminals.
- The seaport is ice-free the whole year round. Another feature is the comparatively short approach time from open sea to its quays - around 90 min. The quick approach to the city makes Goteborg a most attractive call port for cruise ships.
- Port Gothenburg has many railways. Daily, around 70 freight trains run to and from it, with 25 of those being container cargo shuttles linking the port with all major cities in Sweden and Norway. In the city also meet all Northern Europe's major highways - E6 (Oslo, Copenhagen), E20 (Stockholm), E45 (Karlstad).
- In recent years, the port was largely developed and expanded by building new logistics park, new terminals (Arken marshalling yard's intermodal terminal, Arendal ro-ro terminal), import warehouses (Torsviken), roads and railways, making it Scandinavia's freight hub.
- Nearly 30% of Sweden's foreign trade is handled here. The port employs around 22,000 people.
- For the construction of all the port's new areas is used excavated clay from city infrastructure development projects.
- In 2017, Goteborg was ranked Scandinavia's largest car handling port, with car carrier operations steadily growing since 2012. 2017-Q1's statistics showed 67,682 new cars carried through the port (12% increase over 2016-Q1). Data showed 30% increase in imports, of which mainly Renault and Nissan, followed by Chevrolet, Ford and Opel. All vehicles are handled at the RoRo Terminal and the Logent Ports operated terminals. The car export is mainly Volvo. During 2017's 1Q, the port reported a 3% increase in new cars export, thanks to the sales growth of Goteborg-produced (at Torslanda Plant) Volvo models.
Port's 2016 statistical data showed the following impressive numbers:
- Handled containers 798000 (TEUs)
- Ro-Ro (Roll-on/roll-off) ships 538000
- Cars 246000
- Passengers (ferry and cruise ship) 1,7 million
- Oil 23,7 million tons
- Freight 40,9 million tons.
2017 was the last year when cruise ships docked in Frihamnen. The area is part of an urban development plan for building residentioal and business properties (homes and offices), forcing the relocation of the Frihamnen cruise terminal. The new (America Cruise Terminal) is at Stigbergskajen (in Masthugget). The quay and part of Amerikaskjulet (terminal building) were restored to handle cruise ship tourist startng 2018 spring.
In early September 2017, the Swedish company Swedegas AB (owned by "Fluxys and Enagas") contracted the engine manufacturer "MAN Diesel and Turbo" to supply Port Gothenburg with MAN Cryo (marine LNG fuel gas system) for the port's new LNG bunkering facility.
- The project was started in late-January 2018 and scheduled for completion in 2018. The new facility allows vessels to be fueled with LNG (liquefied natural gas) delivered from trucks or containers during loading / unloading cargo operations. It is purpose-built and serves ships docking at Energy Port's two jetties.
- The new bunkering facility comprises of a discharge station (LNG trailers, containers), feeding pumps, vacuum-piping and bunkering equipment. The new LNG bunkering station is operated and managed by Swedegas - owner of the Swedish gas network (extending from Dragor Denmark to Stenungsund / Gotaland Sweden). Swedegas' network supplies 33 Swedish municipalities, also industrial companies, heat and power plants, vehicle filling gas stations. The company also developes a new infrastructure for transmission of biogas, hydrogen gas and LNG.
- Currently, Skangas is the vessels LNG supplier using a ship-to-ship bunkering system. In 2018, the company was joined by Swedegas AB. Swedegas expanded Port Goteborg's LNG options with the construction of a bunkering facility at the Energy Port. Here LNG purchasers can choose their gas supplier. LNG arrives here by trailer (or in containers) and is distributed via a 450-m / 1480 ft long vacuum-insulated cryo pipeline to the quayside.
On February 7, 2018, was officially opened Arken Combi Terminal (new cargo terminal) resulting in higher freight capacity and improved efficiency. Air pollution is also significantly reduced as over 100 trucks now skip passing through Gothenburg's centre daily.
- The terminal project was co-funded by the port and the Swedish Transport Administration.
- The new combo terminal covers 65,000 m2 (700,000 ft2) and is adjacent to the Ro-Ro and container terminals in the port's outer area. Containers and trucks can now switch between road, rail and sea for transportation throughout Sweden.
- The terminal handles more cargo than the old Gullbergsvass terminal (now closed). Currently, the new facility handles 7 trains per day and has capacity for over 100,000 trailers annally.
- The old Gullbergsvass terminal site will be used for the construction of the West Link rail system (8-km double-track rail through the city centre).
Port Goteborg provides shore-to-ship power capabilities. The technology (by Nidec Corporation, Japan) enables docked vessels to receive electricity from the city's power grid. From the berth, vessels can plug in directly to the grid which allows full onboard operations without using the diesel engines (being shut down right after docking). The Japanese company has installed such shore-power systems in the US ports Los Angeles CA, San Francisco CA, Juneau AK, as well as in other European ports (Goteborg, Travemunde, Livorno, Genoa).
For 2018-H1 (first half), Port Gothenburg reported 19% increase (over 2017-H1) in containership cargo volumes - from 318K to 378K TEUs. The number of new cars through the port increased 10% (from 138K to 152K) Cruise ship passengers were -7% (from 679K to 729K).
In October 2018 started construction works on the new cargo terminal in port's outer area, with scheduled completion in 2025. The 220,000 m2 facility will be constructed on reclaimed land on the Hisingen side of river's estuary (between Alvsborg and Arendal harbours) and by using spoils (350,000 m3) dredged from Gota Alv River. The material is derived from routine dredging that is required to maintain port's max depth. These spoils are then mixed with binding agents (cement and slag).
Goteborg cruise terminal
Port Gothenburg has 2 dedicated cruise ship terminals plus 2 cruise-dedicated quays. Cruising season never ends as the port is ice-free the whole year-round. As tourist information, the port authority provides photos, professional presentations, tourist maps and videos. Professional port services, guided tours and cruise-related activities are also offered to cruise companies via the Gothenburg Cruise Network.
- Port services include cruise terminals, ship chandler (fresh water, waste disposal, grey and black water, bilge and sludge disposal), LNG bunkering (via barge), passenger services, quayside music performances (upon arrival/departure).
- Pilot assistance is compulsory. Tugboat assistance can be provided.
- Here can dock world's largest liners as the port has no limits on vessel length, height or width.
(NEW) America Cruise Terminal
America Cruise Terminal is the Goteborg port's new cruise ship terminal, with scheduled opening in 2019.
- In the early 20th century, the Swedish American Line operated Transatlantic ocean liners between USA and Gothenburg (Stigbergskajen quay, Masthugget). This is the location of the new cruise terminal. It is within walking distance of Goteborg's popular districts Majorna, Linne and Haga.
- The Swedish American Line operated between 1915 and 1975. The company’s large-sized Transatlantic liners offered departures from Drottningholm, Gripsholm, Kungsholm and Stockholm.
- Regularly scheduled public transportation and chartered (shuttle) buses go to the city centre.
- The new America Terminal will be inaugurated in 2018, handling cruise ships with LOA length up to 225 m (738 ft). This means that the biggest cruise vessels will continue to dock at Arendal.
- Construction works also included renovations of the Stigbergskajen quay. It was partially demolished and rebuilt - ramps were constructed and parking areas for buses were created.
- As of January 2017, 17 different cruise ships were scheduled to dock at the new Amarica terminal.
Arendal Cruise Terminal
The Arendal Terminal is located near the Volvo Museum. Terminal building's facilities include cafeteria, gift shop, restrooms (handicapped). From the cruise port to the city is approx 12 km / 8 ml (or 20-min taxi / bus drive).
- berth 751, has port gangways, pier depth 9,8 m, max draft 9,3 m
- max LOA length 320 m / 1050 ft (azipod equipped cruise ships) and 300 m / 985 ft (propeller + thruster equipped ships).
At Skandiahamnen quay can dock even the largest cruise ships. The cruise port is approx 9 km / 5,6 ml from the city centre (or around 20-min bus drive).
- 2 berths
- max LOA length 330 m / 1083 ft, and 400 m / 1312 ft
- ship gangways, pier depth 14 m, max draft unlimited
- The terminal has no building. Shuttle buses are provided between the cruise ship and the port's gate.
Amerikaskjulet allows cruise ships with LOA length up to 175 m (574 ft). The cruise port is approx 2 km (1 ml) from the city center. Shuttle buses are provided (around 10-min drive).
- ship gangways, pier depth 8 m, max draft 7,5 m (25 ft)
- The terminal has no any passenger facilities (buildings, restrooms, shops, etc). there is a taxi rank quayside.
- Amerikaskjulet is planned to receive a dedicated cruise passenger terminal with reception hall, tourist info office, gift shop and other facilities,
- Amerikaskjulet was opened in 1912 and until 1975 had a passenger terminal. In 195, the building was converted into offices.
The Frihamnen terminal is used by both cruise ships and ferries (going to St Petersburg Russia). 2017 was the last year in which the Frihamnen terminal handled cruise liners. This port area will be developed into an urban complex with homes and offices. The new passenger terminal ("America Cruise Terminal") will be built at Stigbergskajen in Masthugget.
- Quay 1 (berths 611-610) allows vessels with LOA length 130 m (427 ft) and max draft 6 m (20 ft)
- Quay 2 (berths 625-620) has a permanent ro-ro ramp. The cruise terminal building is a warehouse. The pier has LOA length 412 m (1352 ft) and max draft 8 m (26 ft).
- Quay 3 (berths 630-631) has a permanent ro-ro ramp, and allows LOA length 135 m (443 ft) and max draft 8,5 m (28 ft).
- Quay 3 (berths 631-634) allow LOA length 211 m (692 ft) and max draft 9,5 m (31 ft).
- Quay 3 (berths 634-638) allow LOA length 336 m (1102 ft) and max draft 9 m (30 ft).
- Quay 4 (berths 641-640) allow LOA length 110 m (361 ft) and max draft 7,5 m (25 ft).
- Quay 5 (berths 655-653) is a container ship terminal served by 2 rail-mounted cranes. It allows LOA length 240 m (787 ft) and max draft 9 m (30 ft).
- Quay 5 (berths 652-650) has a permanent ro-ro berth.
Gothenburg Ferry Terminals
Most of the port's passenger ferry traffic is by Stena Line, Even the company's Head Office is in the city. Stena ships moor at the port's inner harbours. Stena ferry terminals are located in central Gothenburg's western part. Stena ferries go from Sweden to Denmark (leaving from Masthuggskajen to Frederikshavn, on the ship Stena Danica) and to Germany (leaving from Majnabbe, Majorna to Kiel, on the ships Stena Germanica and Stena Scandinavica). These ferries have LOA length 240 m (787 ft) and max passenger capacity 1300, ranking them among the world's largest ferry ships ever constructed.
- While docked in Port Gotenborg, all ferry ships shut down their diesel engines and instead use the port's shore-power supply.
- During the peak summer season (May through August), the port offers up to 6 daily departures. Daily departures are 4 during low season.
- Ferries from Goteborg's "Stena Line Denmark Terminal" depart each day to Frederikshavn Denmark.
- Ferries from "Stena Line Germany Terminal" (A) depart each day to Kiel Germany. Travel includes 1-night stay onboard.
- From Frihamnen Terminal depart ferries to St Petersburg Russia.
Goteborg tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
A wide selection of chartered boat tours are offered with departures from Gothenburg port. The options vary from short trips to several days trips on larger passenger ships and ferries. Destinations include the city plus Gothenburg archipelago's islands, travel services to which are provided by regularly scheduled ferries during the summer.
- Borjessons Sjotaxi company offers charter boat trips to destinations along the coast and in the archipelago.
- Kulturbatarna company operates 1-day cruises in Gothenburg and the archipelago with its 3 ships - Nya Skargarden, Svea af Bohuslan and Ellen af Bohuslan. Lomger itineraries (of several days) along the Bohuslan's coast are also offered.
- Skargardslinjen offers 1-day cruises in Gothenburg archipelago on the ship Trubaduren. Deals are inclusive of food, drinks and entertainment.
- Solbris AB offers cruise trips in Gothenburg archipelago on RIB (rigid-hulled inflatable) boats, also fishing trips and seal safaris.
- Styrsobolaget offers a regularly scheduled cruises from Saltholmen to the archipelago's southern islands (inhabited the whole year round). The company's daily service is to the islands Kallo, Karholmen, Sjumansholmen and Vargo.
- Stromma offers Hisingen Island dinner cruises, boat tours to Alvsborg fortress (located at the Goteborg port's entrance), also sightseeing trips on Gothenburg City's canal system and along River Savean.
- Walona Charter offers regular boat tours during summer to Vinga Island, as well as dinner cruises on its ship Walona.
Port Goteborg cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Goteborg, Gothenburg, Sweden. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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