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Skandia gateway –Deeper fairways at the Port of Gothenburg

The Port of Gothenburg is the only Swedish port that can receive the world’s largest oceangoing vessels and in doing so offer direct deep-sea services to other continents. Freight vessels are becoming larger and the fairways leading into the port need to be deepened by around four metres. The project has been entitled Skandia Gateway and now the application for deferral to Land and the environmental court has been submitted. The work of dredging the fairway as well as the harbor basin and quay measures is expected to be completed by 2026.

Factfile – Skandia Gateway Project

In just 10 years the average container vessel has become 10 times larger. The limited depth in the fairway means that the largest vessels are currently unable to call at the Port of Gothenburg when fully loaded.

According to a study produced by the Swedish Transport Administration, the fairway needs to be deepened by around four metres if the draught is to be sufficient. The area that requires deepening is almost 5 kilometres long. In total, dredge spoils equivalent to the volume of 20 Globe Arenas will need to be excavated. A vital part of this initiative is the deepening and reinforcement of the quays to allow vessels with a large draught to load and discharge simultaneously and sustainably in the future.

Gothenburg Port Authority is also involved in discussions with contractors

Deepening the fairway will require extensive reinforcement of the existing quays at our container terminal.

The Gothenburg Port Authority is involved in discussions with contractors that may be interested at a later stage in submitting tenders as part of the upcoming procurement process linked to our quay reinforcement programme. Contractors that are interested in taking part in discussions are invited to notify the Gothenburg Port Authority by emailing Jan Andersson, Senior Technical Advisor and Project Manager, at jan.andersson@portgot.se


  • So much deeper it needs to be
    4 metre
  • The largest ships loads
    20 000 containers
  • Cost
    SEK 2,55 billion (2020)
  • State funding
    SEK 1.25 billion
  • Needs of dredging
    About 12 million m3


  • Jan Andersson
    Jan Andersson
    Senior Technical Advisor
    +46 31 368 75 27
  • Kristina Bernstén
    Kristina Bernstén
    Project manager
  • Eva  Wegsjö Sande
    Eva Wegsjö Sande
    Delprojektledare upphandling
    +46 31 368 75 46

The project in numbers

15 years

is the time within the entire investment would be repaid socioeconomically


Direct traffic lines to the rest of the world


percentage of Sweden's foreign trade is transported by shipping


The image shows the area in the port of Gothenburg that needs to be deepened.

The socioeconomic benefit (BCR – benefit-cost ratio) of the investment is very high. The high benefit-cost outcome for the project would mean that the entire investment would be repaid socioeconomically within just 15 years. 

Many of the larger vessels that call at Gothenburg on a regular basis with Swedish import and export goods have a draught of up to 16 metres, far deeper than the current limit of 13.5 metres.

Container vessels that call at the Port of Gothenburg can carry between 1,000 and 19,500 containers.

After the fairways have been deepened by 3-4 metres, all vessels carrying more than 5,000 containers will be able to put into port carrying a higher volume of cargo than is presently the case. 

When will vessels be able to call at the Port of Gothenburg without any limitations? If everything proceeds according to plan, work on deepening the fairways can commence at some point after 2023. It will then take a few years before the work is finally completed.

Read more about the Skandia Gateway

Our fairway needs to be deeper

Time plan

  • 2026December


  • 2017October