New intermodal terminal operator at the Port of Gothenburg

2 November 2022

One of the terminals at the Port of Gothenburg is now getting a new operator. Arken Intermodal Terminal at the Outer Ports will be operated from now on by the terminal company Gothenburg Roro Terminal. The recently signed lease agreement comes into force on 11 December and is valid for three years.

The Arken Intermodal Terminal comprises an area of 65,000 square metres adjacent to the Port’s container and ro-ro terminals. The terminal is used for the transshipment of containers or trailers between ships, trains and trucks, for onward transport into the Swedish hinterland or out into the world. With its seven railway lines with a total track length of 3,360 metres, the terminal is focused primarily on handling rail traffic.

As of 11 December, operations will be taken over by an operator that is already well-established at the Port - Gothenburg Roro Terminal. The company has been running the Port’s biggest ro-ro terminal since 2012, where around 600,000 ro-ro units are handled every year, with for example 16 departures per week to the UK and many of the major freight hubs in Central Europe. The ro-ro terminal and the Arken Intermodal Terminal are immediately adjacent to each other.

"There are many new opportunities that this will enable us to realise - not least when Arken’s link to intra-European ro-ro shipping becomes clearer. For example, we’ll be able to link up the terminal’s extensive rail traffic from Norrland to the upcoming green shipping corridor via Ghent, for onward transport to Turkey," says Maria Franksen, CEO of Gothenburg Roro Terminal.

The terminal is of the open access type, and with a total capacity of 90,000 units a year, there is still the capacity to handle additional freight.

"There’s growing interest in running trains to the Arken Intermodal Terminal, and the new agreement with Gothenburg Roro Terminal will enable continued success for intermodal traffic at the Port of Gothenburg. The Arken Intermodal Terminal’s location and its proximity to the ro-ro terminal is a major benefit that can now be used even more efficiently by the Port’s customers and partners," says Jill Söderwall, Vice President Business Areas & Partner Management at the Gothenburg Port Authority.

100 fewer heavy trucks per day in the city centre
The Arken Intermodal Terminal is a relatively new addition to the Port of Gothenburg’s range of terminals. It became operational at the turn of the year 2017/2018, when it replaced a previous terminal in central Gothenburg. This relocation brought major benefits in the form of higher capacity, a better geographical location in relation to industry and a better adapted road infrastructure to and from the terminal. The move meant that around 100 trucks a day could be moved from the city centre, resulting in both shorter queues and lower emissions in the area.

Operations of Arken Intermodal Terminal have until now been handeled by Sandahls Logistik.


Image by Port of Gothenburg

In a nutshell: Arken Intermodal Terminal
The Arken Intermodal Terminal is one of the most modern intermodal terminals in Europe, covering an area of around 65,000 square metres, including weather protection. The terminal has seven railway lines and the facility is electrified. It is adjacent to the port’s ro-ro- and container terminals. The terminal can handle 90,000 units (containers/trailers/swap bodies) every year.

Port of Gothenburg
The Port of Gothenburg is the largest port in Scandinavia. Around 30% of Swedish domestic and foreign trade passes through the Port of Gothenburg and over 50% of all container traffic. The port is a full-service port, and offers industry guaranteed, climate-smart access to the whole world. Direct services to key markets ensure highly efficient, sustainable, and reliable transport 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The focus is firmly on sustainability, innovation, and digitalisation in a concerted effort to maintain the ongoing development of climate-efficient freight transport and calls by vessels. With over 30 rail shuttles offering daily departures, companies throughout Sweden and Norway have a direct, climate-neutral service to the Port of Gothenburg. The port handles energy products, vehicles, ro-ro units, containers and passengers. 22,000 people are employed at the port.

Port of Gothenburg press release