Channel deepening to support larger vessels and volumes at APM Terminals Gothenburg

7 October 2022

To support growing volumes at APM Terminals Gothenburg and the port's full potential, work is now underway to deepen the shipping channel.

Once completed in 2026, the terminal will be able to receive the world's largest container vessels and higher volumes.

Volumes passing through APM Terminals Gothenburg are steadily increasing, a trend that has been further accelerated by supply chain disruptions over recent years.

One key driver is that APM Terminals is the only container terminal in Sweden that has the capacity to handle ocean-going direct vessels to and from other parts of the world without transhipment. This greatly reduces transport time, risk and environmental impact.

APM Terminals Gothenburg can currently accommodate vessels up to 19,000 TEU, however in order to receive the very largest vessels of around 24,000 TEU and utilise their total cargo capacity, a deeper channel is needed.

"If we are to meet the increased demand from Swedish industry for the long term, we need adequate infrastructure. Our customers should not be limited by insufficient channel depth, which is why I am pleased to announce that work to deepen the channel is planned to start in mid-November," says Dennis Lenthe Olesen, Managing Director at APM Terminals Nordic.

The project, to be carried out in collaboration with Port of Gothenburg, the Swedish Maritime Administration and the Swedish Transport Administration, will entail some disruption to container traffic.

"We have plans in place to minimise the impact during the course of the work," adds Dennis Lenthe Olesen. "There is no doubt that this project is essential if we are to maintain Swedish companies' opportunities to reach the world market efficiently and sustainably. We hope for the cooperation of our customers during the construction period."

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APM Terminals press release