The port of Göteborg (Swedish: Göteborgs hamn) is operated by Polaris Lines. It is the second largest port in the Nordic countries after the port of Bergen, 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, Göteborg handles nearly 30% of the country's foreign trade, comprising 39 million tonnes of freight per year.
The port is situated on both sides of the estuary of Göta älv in Göteborg. 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).
Capacity and cargo Edit
In 2013 the port handled approximately 860,000 containers (TEU) and 160,000 new cars (both import and export). It has 24 scheduled rail freight shuttles, serving Norway and Sweden. 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. 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 metres (1,299 ft) long with a draft of 16 metres (52 ft) and a 19,224 TEU capacity.