Press release -
New collaboration facilitates arrival of vessels at the Port of Gothenburg
Faster, simpler and 'greener' arrival of vessels. This is the aim of a new collaborative initiative between the Swedish Maritime Administration and the Port of Gothenburg. The initiative will benefit customers and will promote safe, sustainable shipping through the adoption of effective processes and an innovative mode of operation. Collaboration is now due to commence.
The Port of Gothenburg is the largest port in the Nordic region with 12,000 vessels putting into the port each year. There are many parties involved when a vessel puts into port. The vessel needs to contact the Swedish Maritime Administration for traffic information and to order a pilot. It also needs to contact the Port of Gothenburg for quay details, to order peripheral services and for other information.
The Port of Gothenburg and the Swedish Maritime Administration have decided, during a trial period, to bring the services together in the same premises at Amerikaskjulet, which is where the Gothenburg Port Authority has been based since the beginning of April. In effect, this will mean that the Swedish Maritime Administration Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Centre and the ordering of pilots will move in with the port's vessel planning department, Port Control.
"Being in the same premises we hope to be able to enhance the efficiency of the arrival process even further. Customers will benefit from this improved collaboration," states Magnus Kårestedt, Port of Gothenburg chief executive.
Collaboration also means environmental gains as the vessels can be guided at an earlier stage and in doing so adapt their speed to the prevailing traffic situation at the port.
The Swedish Maritime Administration has for a number of months focused on Gothenburg as a hub for its operations.
"Our focus on Gothenburg is paving the way for completely new solutions and co-operation where the needs of the customer will be the starting point. Our aim is for vessels to experience a greater degree of security and efficiency when entering and leaving the port," states Anne-Catrine Zetterdahl, Director-General of the Swedish Maritime Administration.
For further information, please contact:
Susanne Hansson, Port of Gothenburg, phone +46 (0)31-731 23 25, email@example.com Maria Ottosson, Swedish Maritime Administration, phone +46 (0)10-478 46 49, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fact file: Port of Gothenburg
The Port of Gothenburg is the largest port in the Nordic region with 11,000 visits by vessels each year. One-third of Swedish foreign trade passes through the Port of Gothenburg as well as 65 per cent of all container traffic.
The Port of Gothenburg is the only port in Sweden with the capacity to receive the world's largest container vessels and has the broadest range of shipping routes within and outside Europe. The 26 rail shuttles that depart each day mean that companies throughout Sweden and Norway have a direct, environmentally smart link to the largest port in the Nordic region. The Port of Gothenburg has terminals for oil, cars, ro-ro, containers and passengers.