Plans to build a new major container and ro-ro port in Sweden near the country’s capital Stockholm have moved a step closer after port operator Ports of Stockholm awarded the €60 million contract to construct the quay wall to Dutch group Royal Boskalis Westminster.
Upon its opening in 2020, Stockholm Norvik Port, 50 kilometres south of Stockholm, is expected to be able to handle around 500,000 containers and 200,000 rolling goods vehicles annually, with seven berths for containerships and ro-ro ferries. With a maximum water depth of 16.5 metres, the largest vessels in the Baltic Sea will be able to call at the port, according to Ports of Stockholm.
Royal Boskalis Westminster said construction of the quay wall will commence this autumn and should be completed in the spring of 2020. Boskalis will construct 1,100 metres of quay wall according to the design of the Port of Stockholm, with the depth of the quay wall varying between 16.5 and 10.5 metres.
Ports of Stockholm said when the port is completed it will cover 44 hectares and will have “efficient connections to both road and railway”. Container operations will be run by Hutchison Ports. Construction started in September 2016 and the port opens in 2020, Ports of Stockholm said.
Between September 2016 and March 2017, Boskalis also executed land reclamation activities for the new Stockholm Norvik Port. For this purpose around one million cubic metres was dredged using a large variety of dredging equipment.
Ports of Stockholm said Stockholm Norvik Port is needed for several reasons, notably because “Stockholm is growing, ships are getting bigger”, and a “modern port benefits the environment”.
It added: “The Stockholm Norvik Port will ensure the efficient supply of goods to the Stockholm region, one of Europe’s fastest growing capital cities. With this type of growth, long-term investment in a well functioning infrastructure is essential and the port is an important part of this development.
“Container ship volumes and the volumes of ships carrying rolling goods are increasing. The shipping companies are consequently building increasingly larger vessels, which is both environmentally and economically advantageous. The Stockholm Norvik Port will meet the needs of modern ships for deeper draughts, longer quays, larger terminal areas and short and easy approach lanes from the larger fairways.”
It said Stockholm Norvik Port also complies with the EU ambition to increase the proportion of sea transport in relation to the total amount of transported goods. “A new and modern port with direct motorway and railway connections, built using state-of-the-art technologies, is an efficient and sustainable transport solution,” the port operator said.