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TransportWeekly - Yilport Holding finalised growth plans for its Swedish GCT

Turkey's Yilport Holding has finalised growth plans for its Swedish Gavle Container Terminal (GCT), 170 kilometres north of Stockholm, which it hopes to expand to an annual capacity of 500,000 TEU.

Yilport, 70 kilometres east of Istanbul on the Med side of the Bosphoros, has the concession for the third container terminal in Sweden with 300,000 TEU capacity, says UK's Port Strategy.

"We are here to compete with regional ports and terminals, but unfortunately there are not enough container volumes in Galve and its hinterland to occupy current and future capacity of our facility," said local Yilport CEO Sean Pierce.

The growth plans for GCT, which is situated on the Swedish Baltic east coast across from the Gulf of Finland, will be delivered in two phases.

First, will come infrastructure upgrades to increase capacity to 400,000 TEU, after which there will be new cranes and yard gear for a container freight station (CFS) operations to bring up capacity to 500,000 TEU by 2018.

As part of its growth plans, Yilport is also set to launch Stockholm Nord Combi Terminal (SCNT) at Roserberg, Sweden.

This will start a rail service between SNCT and GCT, serving a variety of logistics customers in Scandanavia and is expected to be the major rail hub in the region.

Said Mr Pierce: "Our intention is to put the containers onto our private rail service and make it available the same day in Stockholm or elsewhere."

SNCT is designed to have an annual container handling capacity of 150,000 TEU with two RMG cranes and several reachstackers, and is set to open in September.