Photo: Port of Gothenburg
Following the transformation of Frihamnen into an urban area, the Port of Gothenburg is restoring the Stigbergskajen into a cruise reception facility named the America Cruise Terminal.
This year will be the final season when cruise ships can dock at Frihamnen. The area will then form part of a major urban home and office development scheme, forcing the present cruise terminal to find a new location.
As such, Gothenburg's new central cruise terminal will move to Stigbergskajen in Masthugget. The quay and part of the terminal building, the 1912-built Amerikaskjulet, are currently being restored, and will be ready to welcome vessels from spring 2018 (as of today, 17 ships are already scheduled to call at the new terminal).
At Stigbergskajen, 10 m of quay will be demolished and rebuilt, followed by bollards reinforcement, as well as the construction of ramps and a bus parking space. Part of the Amerikaskjulet will be converted into a reception hall with a tourist information office, a souvenir shop, and other facilities.
The maximum length of vessels calling at the America Cruise Terminal will be 225 m, 25 m more than currently at Frihamnen. However, the largest vessels will continue to dock at the terminal at Arendal.
"The location is ideal as it is within walking distance of the inviting and vibrant districts of Majorna, Linné and Haga, and just a short journey by public transport or chartered bus into the city centre. Now that the beautiful and historically significant Amerikaskjulet is about to be revived as a passenger terminal, cruise guests can look forward to a warm and authentic reception," Jill Söderwall, Vice President Cruise at Gothenburg Port Authority, said.
Jill also added, "It is an old quay - the first quay in Gothenburg for oceangoing traffic - and it is in considerable need of repair and renovation. We are working flat out to have the work completed before the first call in 2018. We believe that the America Cruise Terminal will lead to more cruise companies including Gothenburg on their itinerary. The extremely keen competition to attract cruise ships makes a good welcome extremely important."
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