This project’s objective was to broaden and deepen the access fairway to the Pampus terminal of the Port of Norrköping in Sweden.
The port is one of the most modern harbours in the Baltic region and is situated in a key location not only for Swedish exports, but also for the import and distribution of goods to markets in Sweden, the Nordic countries and the Baltic region as a whole. The project aimed to:
- increase accessibility
- allow for more efficient handling of freight flows, with sustainable transport modes
- increase competitiveness for local and regional trade and industry
Improvements to the safety, capacity and accessibility of the port were made mainly by increasing the depth and width of its entrance channel, as well as in the port manoeuvring and docking area. The port’s 3.8 km long access fairway was deepened from 12.7 to 14.9 metres and broadened from 60 to 100 metres. The project also included the improvement of fairway markings to facilitate navigation into the port and the reinforcement of berths, enabling them to hold larger vessels.
Benefits of the project
This project contributes to safer navigation by widening the access to the port and therefore allowing larger vessels to use the infrastructure. Following the improvements, existing restrictions for darkness, visibility and wind have been reduced, allowing for 24-hour access to the port for vessels of a size of 260 x 35 x 13.5 metres.
This specific project also forms part of the Norrköping Intermodal Infrastructure Package, a long-term project aiming at further developing Norrköping as an intermodal node capable of shifting goods from sea to rail/road and vice-versa, increasing the competitiveness of the region and boosting its capacity to attract commercial traffic. Thus, the improvements made will also lead to increased intermodality in the future.
Furthermore, the port is located on TEN-T Priority Project 12 (the "Nordic Triangle") that links the Nordic countries and their capital cities to each other and improves connections to central Europe and between the EU and Russia. The city of Norrköping and its port have been identified by the Swedish transport administration as one of the key intermodal nodes in Sweden within the Nordic Triangle corridor, and this will help to ensure international traffic flows and the viability of the TEN-T network in this region.
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Member States involved:
Start date: October 2008
End date: June 2011
Beneficiaries & Implementing bodies:
Swedish Maritime Administration
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