The Port of Gothenburg is the largest open access energy port in Scandinavia and is renowned internationally for its safety initiatives. Some 2,500 tankers call each year, handling crude oil, petrol, diesel and other energy products.
“In 2016, we broke the record when 23.7 million tonnes of oil passed through the port. If it wasn’t for a scheduled maintenance shutdown, we would have more than surpassed that figure during 2017. There is a clear upward trend in the handling of energy products,” said Jill Söderwall, Head of Commercial Operations at the Energy Port.
The increase in volumes has resulted in a higher level of quay space utilisation, which means that vessels need to be turned around more quickly and more efficiently than previously, yet still adhering to the same strict safety requirements. The entire process requires a finely tuned operating system at every stage, and as part of its development work the Port of Gothenburg has invested in a new automation platform.