Gävle container port to double capacity with SEK 200 million expansion
Part of the agreement with Turkish Yilport when they took over the operation of the port last year was that Gävle municipality would expand the port’s capacity. The municipality are now investing SEK 200 million in expanding the port to the east.
"It is of vital importance to us as a port operator, for Gävle as a port city and for the entire region," says Fredrik Rönnqvist, CEO of Yilport Gävle.
Initially, the investment was to amount to SEK 70 million. But its was soon realized that a greater investment was needed to ensure the new quay can handle Yilport's larger and more modern cranes.
"It is very important that we remain competitive. For us to have the same type of cranes we currently have on the existing quay, we need to strengthen and rebuild the new quay,” says Rönnqvist.
On Tuesday, the Gävle municipal council approved the investment, which will double the capacity of the container port. The plan is to start expanding this autumn and that the new quay will be ready in the summer 2019. With larger cranes, the quay can handle significantly greater loads – up to twelve tons per square meter.
The investment is financed by loans, which in turn are covered by Yilport paying higher concession fees. Within ten years, the municipality will recoup the investment cost, through the rent that Yilport pays.
“This investment is necessary if the terminal is to grow in the long-term, and we will be able to receive larger vessels," says Fredrik Svanbom, Head of Gävle Harbor.
“The investment means jobs and growth," says Inger Källgren Sawela, a local politician who believes that the investment will make Gävle into the Baltic's largest container terminal "in all categories".
"The best part is that we do not have to invest in cranes, which would have cost half a billion. Yilport makes this investment and was one of the reasons we sold the harbor," says Källgren Sawela.
With the Yilport cranes, up to six containers can be stacked on top of each other and stored between the cranes.