According to the plan, the terminal will be located at the 180,000 square metre site east of the basin where the existing container terminal is situated. The depth of the water alongside the 500-metre long quay and crane coverage will meet the requirements for feedermax vessels. The terminal will offer all facilities, including a material yard, 24-hour lay-ups, facilities for the Danish tax authorities (SKAT), veterinary facilities, etc. 

Port of tomorrow

All existing calculations indicate that the Port of Aalborg’s container business will grow in the future and that its capacity will run out in 2022 when the port exceeds 100,000 TEU per year. 

In the future, we will see more congestion on the roads and increased use of more environmentally friendly forms of transport. 

At the same time, container traffic in Aalborg will grow as oceangoing vessels get bigger, increasing their dependency on a flexible, regional network of feeder ports.  

The future of Danish container ports will be determined by the development of feeder connections to and from principal ports such as Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Antwerpen, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. The Port of Aalborg will also attempt to retain and develop transit goods, primarily to and from the North Atlantic and secondarily to and from the Baltic. It will only make sense for the gigantic oceangoing ships to sail between the major continental ports and to allow feeder traffic to handle smaller-scale distribution, says Claus Holstein, CEO of Aalborg Havn A/S.

With these plans for Aalborg Container Terminal 2, Aalborg Havn Logistik A/S and the current port operators will address the scenarios being calculated and create more capacity for the container business, increasing it to a total of 200,000 TUE a year.

Calculations are based on well-founded theories that Aalborg’s business sector will continue to grow, both in production volume and consumption, and that the Port of Aalborg will become an even more important logistical junction for the entire region, says Thomas Kastrup-Larsen, chairman of Aalborg Havn A/S’ board of directors. 

Risk diversification

It is the aim of Aalborg Havn A/S’ board of directors that the Port of Aalborg should be even more robust after 2030 as well as independent of individual customers and activities.  This means that the Port of Aalborg needs to grow at a rate that will prevent any single customer from controlling more than 15% of the total turnover.   

This need for a larger terminal is supported by our risk diversification strategy. Building our business on individual, large customers would make us very vulnerable, so we must continue our efforts to attract new customers. We’ll also need more competitive concepts in the future to encourage North Jutland’s import and export customers to use the Port of Aalborg, with its proximity and all of the advantages offered by a modern, regional port, says Claus Holstein.

The start date has not yet been determined but it is expected that it will be possible to commission a new terminal within about two years of initiation of the project.

The existing container terminal will be available for use during the building phase and, depending on general trends, will also be functional in the future. It could also be modernised if necessary.