Thursday, June 22, 2017

Swedish Port Completes Renovation and New Construction

Future Proofing for a Hundred Years
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SWEDEN – The Port of Kapellskär, located 90 kilometres (60 miles) north of Stockholm, has just completed a major three year refurbishment. One of Sweden’s most important freight ports and crucial for trade with Finland, Åland and the Baltic States, the port now boasts a new pier, larger logistics area and modernised port facilities. Stefan Hansson, Chair of the Board at Port of Stockholm, said:

“The Port of Kapellskär is extremely important for trade along the East-West axis and for sustainable transport in the rapidly growing Stockholm region. Measured in length, more than three million metres worth of goods are transported through the port annually. In addition, almost one million passengers pass through the port each year. Now finally the prerequisites are in place for traffic to grow even more.”

The reconstructed port now consists of 200,000 square metres of logistics area, an entirely new pier with two quay-berths, a newly renovated pier with two quay-berths and a reconstructed quay-berth. Following the reconstruction work the Port of Kapellskär now has five modern quay-berths. There is also a new pilot harbour adjacent to the south end of the port. Peter Lundman, Technical Operations Manager at the Port of Kapellskär, added:

“This has been long-awaited. Both the traffic through the port and the vessel service traffic has expanded enormously at the Port of Kapellskär and there has been a great demand to expand capacity. Now we have modern facilities that can efficiently handle vessels, cargo and passengers.”

The electricity, water and waste management utilities at the Port have also been modernised. The cost of the refurbishment was SEK 800 million (£72.2 million / $91.45 million / €82 million).