The older generation in Gothenburg remember with great nostalgia when cargo ships were moored in the very heart of Gothenburg. Coffee, tea and bananas were unloaded by throngs of dock workers with a tantalising fusion of aromas filling the air. Hundreds of cranes swung back and forth between quayside and hold with their crates, bales, bundles, barrels and logs. Workers calling out to each other; swathed in steam and with sparks flying in every direction.
Nowadays the majority of ships are loaded and unloaded in the outer areas of the port – close to the estuary on the Hisingen side of the river – making the port a less visible part of the city. But the fact is that it is bigger than ever. More cargo passes through the Port of Gothenburg than all the other ports in Sweden combined, and it handles a significant proportion of Scandinavian imports and exports. Around 200 vessels call at the port each week, ranging from small tankers to the very largest ships that sail the oceans of the world.
Experience the port from the sea side
This is the fifth summer in succession that the Port of Gothenburg and the Maritime Museum Aquarium are offering the public the opportunity to take a trip around the Port of Gothenburg.
“There are many people who do not realise how important the port is to Gothenburg and Swedish industry. This is something we are aiming to change,” said Cecilia Carlsson, Vice President Communications at Gothenburg Port Authority.
Book your ticket
See the cruise ship Norwegian Getaway at close quarters. Click here for further information and to book your ticket. https://billetto.se/e/upptack-goteborgs-hamn-biljetter-196998
You also have the chance to visit the Maritime Museum exhibition ‘City along the Waterfront’. Your ticket includes both the guided boat trip and a visit to the Museum.
Guided trips for the general public this summer
Friday, June 2, 1.30pm
Tuesday, August 8, 1.30pm
Tuesday, August 22, 1.30pm
Saturday, September 2, 1.30pm
Thursday, September 14, 1.30pm