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The Port of Gothenburg has reported record-breaking container figures in November.
Reports from the Gothenburg Port Authority show successful figures for a very unprecedented year with the COVID-19 pandemic having a large effect on ports across the globe. Despite this, the Port of Gothenburg has managed to remain open throughout, with systems in place to ensure the volume of freight passing through the port can be increased sustainably.
“The most recent report shows a 7% increase in freight volumes from January to November, the highest figure since 2015. The November figures also show that 74,250 TEU was handled, which is the highest November figure ever at the Port of Gothenburg,” said Elvir Dzanic, Chief Executive of the Gothenburg Port Authority.
In other recent news, on 12 December, the port was used as an emergency port for the first time in its modern history, as a bulk carrier loaded with timber caught fire. After seven days at anchor, the vessel finally docked, and the fire could be brought under control. Normal port operations continued as normal throughout this process.
“No port wants a burning vessel in its midst but once the decision had been made, we mobilised all our resources to help her to quayside. We also knew that if any port was equipped to meet this challenge it was the Port of Gothenburg,” continued Dzanic.
Furthermore, as the year drew to a close, the Port of Gothenburg outlined its major milestones of 2021, pinning them into three separate categories – growth, environment, and digitalisation.
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