“The upturn can be attributed largely to the rise in the number of cars shipped via the port, but also to higher volumes at the Energy Port and a good rate of activity at our [general freight] ro-ro terminals,” said Magnus Kårestedt, Gothenburg Port Authority's CEO.
In 2016, 246,000 cars passed through the port - up 15% on 2015 and the highest figure recorded since the financial crisis of 2008. A significant factor in the surge in car movements is Volvo’s continued sales success abroad. Other ro-ro freight - cassettes, rolltrailers, trailers, construction equipment, etc - increased by 2% to 538,000 units.
Lo-lo container traffic was down by 3% in unit terms to 798,000 TEU. This fall was ascribed by Kårestedt to "a challenging year," due to the labour dispute that escalated and resulted in major disruptions. "This is highly unfortunate and it has affected the whole of Swedish industry. We are, however, working on the assumption that the parties will find solutions that will prove sustainable in the long term.”
Energy products traffic increased by 12% to a record 23.7 Mt.
A new cruise ship terminal is under construction at Stigbergskajen in Masthugget. and 2017 will be the final season in which cruise ships can dock at Frihamnen, which forms part of a major urban development scheme. The new facility can cater for 225m long vessels, 25m longer than the limit at Frihamnen.