From april 2019 the surface preparations are underway at a forthcoming cross docking terminal at the Port of Gothenburg. Incoming trains with goods bound for export will be able to travel directly into the terminal for transloading into containers and onward transport by sea to the global markets served by Swedish industry.
The world’s largest storage tent – 21,600 square metres (equivalent to around three football pitches) – will be built on the 45,000 square metre terminal site, which will allow transloading to take place without being exposed to the elements.
Apart from the tent, there will be open storage areas and five rail tracks. The track leading into the tent will be a production track and the other four tracks will be used as marshalling tracks to ease pressure and further reduce sensitivity to disruption along the whole of the Port Line.
The Svea Terminal is the latest in a series of rail investments made at the Port of Gothenburg in recent years aimed at increasing capacity and reliability. In 2018, Gothenburg Port Authority completed the Arken Combi Terminal, which has significantly boosted rail capacity at the port. The Swedish Transport Administration is in the process of transforming the Port Line into a double-track system, and APM Terminals has already modernised and increased rail capacity at the Container Terminal.
The Svea Terminal is being built on behalf of the Gothenburg Port Authority with Skanska as the contractor. It is due to open during the first half of 2020.