Permits and regulations

There is a series of documents that govern operations in the Gothenburg port area.

The basic document comprises the Bye-Laws for the Port of Gothenburg, which were adopted following a decision by the City Council and the County Administrative Board on May 1, 1995. In addition to the Bye-Laws there are several other governing documents that have been adopted by the Port Authority. All the documents are listed below.

You must always contact Port Control on 031-368 75 15 or portcontrol@portgot.se in the event of uncertainty regarding understanding and interpretation of the rules and recommendations.

Towing and escort towing
Special tug regulations are in place at the Port of Gothenburg according to the Bye-Laws of Port of Gothenburg 20§.

The tug regulations in Port of Gothenburg are developed in consultation with the Swedish Maritime Administration and stipulates number of tugboats during arrival and departure in Port of Gothenburg. They are calculated for normal current conditions and wind force of max 10 m/s.

When exceeding these normal conditions or other circumstances that could appear, it might be necessary to increase the number of tugboats. The Pilot decides in consultation with the captain in each case how a planned vessel operation can be performed with sufficient safety margins.

Guidelines for requesting the correct number of tugs on arrival and departure are available for each terminal.

Future development of the tug regulations must be in consultation with the Swedish Maritime Administration, Gothenburg pilot area.

 

Towage at the Port of Gothenburg

Escort towing is compulsory at the Port of Gothenburg for tankers of more than 30,000 tonnes. The towing company at the Port of Gothenburg, Svitzer, can offer this service. Vessels that are subject to compulsory escort towing must comply with the OCIMF (Oil Companies International Maritime Forum) recommendations.

For detailed information about which rules apply regarding towing of tankers at the Port of Gothenburg, see our general port rules and regulations below.

Certain types of work within the port area require a permit. Below you will find the forms for applying for a diving permit, hot work permit and power connection for vessels at the America Quay.

Certain types of work within the port area require a permit. Below you will find the forms for applying for a diving permit, hot work permit and power connection for vessels at the Stigberg Quay.