As the new Harbour Master at the Port of Gothenburg, Åsa Kärnebro has ultimate responsibility for ensuring good order at the port; that vessels arrive and leave efficiently, safely and in a way that is not environmentally detrimental. Her new duties also include representing the port in nautical issues and cooperating with public agencies and shipping organisations in port-related matters.
"It was of course very pleasing and an honour to be approached and the response from colleagues and other people around me has been highly encouraging. I am keen to put together a strong team and continue to develop the port for the future," said Åsa Kärnebro.
More efficient arrival procedure
A key area in which Åsa Kärnebro says there is potential for development is the port's arrival procedure.
"It is extremely important to retain our position as the largest port in the Nordic region. But this requires clearer collaboration and more extensive sharing of information between the members of the port cluster and the vessels arriving at the port. I am currently investigating how we can encourage all those involved to pull in the same direction even more and improve communication before the vessel arrives. If we can achieve this then we can reduce the lead times."
Another important factor that Åsa highlights is collaboration with the City of Gothenburg. She states that a well-founded and fruitful dialogue is important if the port and the city are to develop.
"The Port of Gothenburg has over the years been an extremely important part of the city of Gothenburg. I want to contribute to developing our collaboration even further. It is a great pleasure and a considerable source of inspiration for me to be involved in the work that is taking place in the city to develop the waterfront," said Åsa.