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The Port of Gothenburg is the only Swedish port that can receive the world’s largest oceangoing vessels and in doing so offer direct deep-sea services to other continents. Freight vessels are becoming larger and the fairways leading into the port need to be deepened by around four metres. As part of this major project, a joint consultation process is under way, entitled Skandia Gateway.

The Swedish Maritime Administration and the Gothenburg Port Authority have produced a joint consultation document that sets out the planned surveys and measures, and the potential environmental impact. The consultation document for the Skandia Gateway project is available on the Swedish Maritime Administration website and copies are available at the Gothenburg Port Authority reception desk at Amerikaskjulet, Emigrantvägen 2B, in Gothenburg.

The purpose of the consultation process is to inform and take on board views on the planned measures at an early stage in the process. Based on the outcome of this consultation, the scope of the environmental impact assessment and the level of detail can be defined.

Everyone is welcome to submit views in the following ways:

By email:

Or by post to:
Sjöfartsverket                                                                                          Skandiaporten 19-05264
601 78 Norrköping

Public procurement to SkandiaPorten (Skandia Gateway)
The public procurement documentation for prequalification of the turn-key contract for the waterway deepening project, named "SkandiaPorten - strengthening of quays, a turn-key contract in “partnering/collaboration contract" is now published. It can be downloaded from all official advertising sites for public procurement, for example at www.opic.com and www.upphandlingar.nu as well as from the EU's public website TED.

The application must be submitted electronically and the last date for the application is March 29. See further information in the documentation.
Read more: Invitation to participate in prequalification Skandiaporten

Factfile – Skandia Gateway Project
In just 10 years the average container vessel has become 10 times larger. The limited depth in the fairway means that the largest vessels are currently unable to call at the Port of Gothenburg when fully loaded.

According to a study produced by the Swedish Transport Administration, the fairway needs to be deepened by around four metres if the draught is to be sufficient. The area that requires deepening is almost 5 kilometres long. In total, dredge spoils equivalent to the volume of 20 Globe Arenas will need to be excavated. A vital part of this initiative is the deepening and reinforcement of the quays to allow vessels with a large draught to load and discharge simultaneously and sustainably in the future.

Gothenburg Port Authority is also involved in discussions with contractors
Deepening the fairway will require extensive reinforcement of the existing quays at our container terminal.

The Gothenburg Port Authority is involved in discussions with contractors that may be interested at a later stage in submitting tenders as part of the upcoming procurement process linked to our quay reinforcement programme. Contractors that are interested in taking part in discussions are invited to notify the Gothenburg Port Authority by emailing Jan Andersson, Senior Technical Advisor and Project Manager, at jan.andersson@portgot.se

Participation in the discussions will neither improve nor worsen a contractor’s position in subsequent procurements. No information will be provided that will not be included in any future procurement documents.

The purpose of the discussions is to provide the Port of Gothenburg with greater knowledge of the market. The aim is that it will put us in a better position to formulate future procurement requirements, allowing us to work in close partnership with the contractors and ensure the project proceeds smoothly and effectively.

Read the presentation "Initial Phase Contractor Dialogue 01-10-2019".

You can read more about Skandia Gateway – Fairway deepening at:
The website of Sjöfartsverket


  • So much deeper it needs to be
    4 metre
  • The largest ships loads
    20 000 containers
  • Cost
    SEK 2,55 billion (2020)
  • State funding
    SEK 1.25 billion
  • Needs of dredging
    About 12 million m3
  • The socio-economic benefit is
    A wagered SEK = four back


  • Jan Andersson
    Jan Andersson
    Senior Technical Advisor
    +46 31 368 75 27
  • Kristina Bernstén
    Kristina Bernstén
    Project manager
  • Eva  Wegsjö Sande
    Eva Wegsjö Sande
    Delprojektledare upphandling
    +46 31 368 75 46

The project in numbers

15 years

is the time within the entire investment would be repaid socioeconomically


Direct traffic lines to the rest of the world


percentage of Sweden's foreign trade is transported by shipping


The image shows the area in the port of Gothenburg that needs to be deepened.

The socioeconomic benefit (BCR – benefit-cost ratio) of the investment is very high. According to Transport Administration calculations, every krona invested would produce four in return. The high benefit-cost outcome for the project would also mean that the entire investment would be repaid socioeconomically within just 15 years. 

Many of the larger vessels that call at Gothenburg on a regular basis with Swedish import and export goods have a draught of up to 16 metres, far deeper than the current limit of 13.5 metres.

Container vessels that call at the Port of Gothenburg can carry between 1,000 and 19,500 containers.

After the fairways have been deepened by 3-4 metres, all vessels carrying more than 5,000 containers will be able to put into port carrying a higher volume of cargo than is presently the case. 

When will vessels be able to call at the Port of Gothenburg without any limitations? If everything proceeds according to plan, work on deepening the fairways can commence at some point after 2023. It will then take a few years before the work is finally completed.

Read more about the Skandia Gateway

Our fairway needs to be deeper

Time plan

  • 2025December


  • 2017October