Stena Line and the Gothenburg Port Authority will work together to enable the relocation of Stena Line’s terminals and operations from central Gothenburg to Arendal from 2027. A new ferry location will promote Stena Line’s conditions for growth and implement future initiatives to meet its goal of completely fossil-free operations in 2050. At the same time, it provides opportunities to move heavy traffic out of the city centre and benefits the City of Gothenburg’s city development plans.
Stena Line and the Gothenburg Port Authority have signed a memorandum of understanding which means that the parties will work actively together to find a new location for the ferry company’s terminals and operations in the outer port area Arendal. The ambition is to be able to both strengthen Gothenburg as a sustainable Nordic freight hub as well as the common vision of sustainable shipping, and to also go hand in hand with the city’s plans to develop a denser mixed-use city along the river banks. The idea is that Stena Line will be able to enter into a 25-year lease agreement in Arendal no later than 1 January 2027.
“We want to be a driving force in the development of sustainable shipping and grow together with Gothenburg. We are positively entering into discussions about a new location for our port and our terminals because we believe that it can give us as well as the industry the opportunity to accelerate change,” said Niclas Mårtensson, Stena Line Chief Executive.
Stena Line, the City of Gothenburg and the Gothenburg Port Authority have had a close collaboration for many years. The agreement for the sites where the Stena Line terminals are located today have previously been extended to 2035. The agreements have, however, taken into account an earlier relocation if this would be required by urban development and this has now been actualized as a result of the city’s decision to build the Lindholmen-connection tunnel in the Göta Älv river.
“Since the port has secured land and agreements with surrounding operations, we now have a suitable physical location and a basic layout. With this, there are conditions enabling a move forward with a replacement location that benefits Stena Line’s operations. This is in parallel with the port’s ambition to consolidate port operations in the outer port areas, while giving the city access to central areas for urban development”, said Elvir Dzanic, Gothenburg Port Authority Chief Executive.
Fact file: Port of Gothenburg
The Port of Gothenburg is the largest port in Scandinavia. Around 30% of Swedish domestic and foreign trade passes through the Port of Gothenburg and around 50% of all container traffic. The port is a full-service port, and offers industry guaranteed, climate-smart access to the whole world. Direct services to key markets ensure highly efficient, sustainable, and reliable transport 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The focus is firmly on sustainability, innovation, and digitalisation in a concerted effort to maintain the ongoing development of climate-efficient freight transport and calls by vessels. With 25 rail shuttles offering daily departures, companies throughout Sweden and Norway have a direct, climate-neutral service to the Port of Gothenburg. The port operates energy product, vehicle, ro-ro, container, and passenger terminals and has 22,000 employees.