Port of Gothenburg

The municipally-owned Port of Gothenburg (Swedish: Göteborgs hamn) is the largest port in the Nordic countries,[2] with over 11,000 ship visits per year from over 140 destinations worldwide. As the only Swedish port with the capacity to cope with the very largest modern, ocean-going container ships, Gothenburg handles nearly 30% of the country's foreign trade, comprising 39 million tonnes of freight per year.[3]

Port of Gothenburg
Coordinates57.7°N 11.93°E / 57.7; 11.93
Vessel arrivals11,000 ships
Annual cargo tonnage39 million tons (2019)
Annual container volume762 902 TEU (2019)
Passenger traffic1 675 341 (2019)
The river-part of the port as seen from the Älvsborg Bridge


The port in 1932

The port is situated on both sides of the estuary of Göta älv in Gothenburg. The north shore, Norra Älvstranden, is on Hisingen island and the south shore, Södra Älvstranden, is on the mainland. It is a combined river and coastal port and the total length of the dock is 13.1 km (8.1 mi). [4][5]

Port sections

The port is divided into a number of sections or harbors.[6][7]

Capacity and cargo

North side of the coastal part of the port, Skandiahamnen

In 2013 the port handled approximately 860,000 containers (TEU) and 160,000 new cars (both import and export).[8] It has 24 scheduled rail freight shuttles, serving Norway and Sweden.[3]

The primary imports are crude oil (20 million tonnes in 2013), textiles and food. The primary exports are new vehicles (trucks, cars, buses, heavy plant), steel and paper. There are specialised terminals for containers, ro-ro, cars, passengers (1.7 million in 2013) and oil and other energy products.[3]

The port is large and deep enough to accommodate even very large ships, such as the Maya of the Mediterranean Shipping Company that arrived at the port on 21 December 2015. It was then the world's largest container ship, 396 m (1,299 ft) long with a draft of 16 m (52 ft) and a 19,224 TEU capacity.[9]

See also


  1. "UNLOCODE (SE) - SWEDEN". service.unece.org. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  2. "RailPort – Rail Freight Shuttles to the Port of Gothenburg". Nordic Energy Municipality – Nominated municipalities. The Nordic Council. 2011. Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  3. "Port of Gothenburg in short". www.portofgothenburg.com. Port Of Gothenburg. Archived from the original on 5 January 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  4. "Göteborgs hamn – Mer än bara gods" [Gothenburg Port – more than just cargo]. www.malmohamn.se. Malmö Hamn. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  5. Bonsdorff, Leo (1931). Göteborgs hamn genom tiderna [Port of Gothenburg through the ages]. Gothenburg: Västra Sverige. p. 6. SELIBR 1352202.
  6. Nilson, Allan T.; Fredlund, Björn (2005). Göteborgs hamn: liv, arbete, konst [Port of Gothenburg:life, work, art]. Sävedalen: Warne. p. 35. ISBN 91-86425-81-1. SELIBR 9876671.
  7. Statistisk årsbok för Göteborg [Statistics for Gothenburg]. Göteborgs statistik, 99-0875351-7. Gothenburg: Göteborgs stadskansli. 1968. p. 118. SELIBR 8203449.
  8. "Containerhamnar". www.goteborgshamn.se. Port of Gothenburg. Archived from the original on 9 November 2015. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  9. Holmberg, Kalle (3 November 2015). "Världens största containerfartyg till Göteborg" [World's largest container ship comes to Gothenburg]. www.dn.se. Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 31 December 2015.