“It is extremely pleasing to look out over the terminal and see everything working as it should. It wasn’t that long ago that we were sat around the drawing board, pondering over different solutions. Thanks to the excellent collaboration with our contractor NCC and the operator Sandahls Goods & Parcel, we now have a complete, world-class combi terminal and more quickly than we had ever hoped,” said Magnus Nordfeldt, project leader at Gothenburg Port Authority.
It is at the 65,000-square metre terminal area beside the ro-ro container terminals in the outer port area, that containers and trailers are now being transferred between rail and road for onward distribution to companies throughout Sweden.
Moving the terminal from the centre of Gothenburg to the port has generated a whole series of benefits. The new terminal has a higher capacity, it is located closer to the companies that it serves, and it has a better-adapted road infrastructure to and from the terminal. And more than 100 trucks each day avoid having to negotiate Gothenburg city centre, making the whole transport process far more efficient, with less queuing and lower nitrogen oxide emissions.
“No time for a honeymoon”
The Arken Combi Terminal became operational at record speed. Just over a week ago the terminal was deserted, apart from the odd construction machine. Now it is a hive of activity.
“There hasn’t been any time for a honeymoon. In effect, all the freight from the old terminal in Gothenburg city centre was directed here overnight,” said Magnus Nordfeldt.