Port Activity App™
Port Activity App™ is a digital solution used by port operators in Gävle to exchange real-time information prior to and during a vessel’s call. Examples of the times that are published include the estimated and actual arrival and departure times, as well as times about terminal operations. This makes planning the entire call more efficient for all those involved. The Port Activity App™ can be accessed via phones, tablets, and a web page.
The app was developed as part of the three-year, EU-funded project EfficientFlow, in which Gävle Hamn AB participated, and which has now been completed. The development was carried out in close cooperation with the Port of Gävle’s Customer Advisory Board, which consists of representatives of a number of terminals in the port area.
The project was aimed at improving the efficiency of the application process by improving the flow of information for port operators and thereby increasing the competitiveness of maritime transport. Although the EU project has been completed, Gävle Hamn AB continues its work to fully implement and further develop the Port Activity App™, which is the primary result of the project. The app already has new features such as maritime charts showing the position of all vessels on their way to Gävle.
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Port of Gävle is showcased in several different contexts as a port that is a strategically important port for the nation and is part of the TEN-T network. Access to the port is exceptionally good, with connections to international highways and national motorways. All the terminals in the port are connected by rail and connect directly to the Ostkust railway line (Ostkustbanan), the Bergslagen railway line (Bergslagsbanan), and the Northern Main railway line (Norra Stambanan). Together with the Swedish Transport Administration, a major investment was made in the fairway in 2014, which included the widening and deepening of the channel into the port. Following the increase in capacity, vessels that are 42 metres wide, with a draught of 12.2 metres and a load capacity of approximately 100,000 tons, can call at the port of Gävle. A great advantage of receiving larger vessels is that the transport costs for the industry in the region are reduced, which increases competitiveness. Another advantage is that larger vessels also benefit the environment by radically reducing the fuel consumption of vessels per ton transported. The upgraded channel also allows for vessels to enter the port in the dark and with poorer visibility than before.
Vessels in liner service
The world’s large container shipping companies pass through Port of Gävle – some on their own keel and others on commercial feeders. The container terminal is operated by feeder vessels in liner service. These vessels transport containers to and from major European ports. There they are reloaded to their final destination in the world.
Port of Gävle is within two hours of Stockholm. First-class rail connections make it easy for cargo owners throughout Sweden to export and import via Port of Gävle. A rail runs between Port of Gävle’s container terminal and the Stockholm Nord Rosersberg combi terminal, north of Stockholm. Export goods from the Mälardal region reach the combi terminal in Rosersberg so that they can be transported up to Port of Gävle using environmentally friendly transport methods and then be shipped onward with maritime transport, for example. In return, the shuttle takes back goods such as import goods that have arrived by sea, rail or road. The goods are transported down to Stockholm Nord Rosersberg for further transport to their final destination. From the Port of Gävle, a rail shuttle also runs continuously to Brista near Arlanda airport to supply aviation fuel.
The road and rail infrastructure to and from the port is very good and a prerequisite for the efficient flow of goods. Road links are available to the nearby E4, E16 highways, and other national motorways. Thousands of lorries pass through the Port of Gävle each year Many hauling companies have continuous flows and arrive at the Port of Gävle daily with different types of goods. Examples of frequent transport connections are Garpenberg-Port of Gävle, Skutskär-Port of Gävle, Fors-Port of Gävle, Sandviken-Port of Gävle, Grycksbo-Port of Gävle and Ljusne-Port of Gävle.