The Port of Helsingborg has grown together with the city over the years and is located in the heart of the city. This offers multiple challenges for urban development, and noise pollution, emissions from ships, machinery and port traffic also present challenges. The port is Sweden’s second-largest container port and is a critical port of import and export activities for the Southern part of Sweden.
The port and city authorities consequently decided to move the container terminal south of the city. This will free up space for central living, and the new port will be both deep and large enough to accommodate large vessels and increasing traffic as forecasts point to an even higher demand for container operations in the future.
But such a major construction project could have negative impact on the environment, not least the vulnerable and protected natural areas near the port. It was critical for the port and city authorities to ensure that the container terminal was designed to meet all needs, both present and future. The new port should also have minimal impact on the marine environment.
Furthermore, the currents around the port are very strong, and the decision-makers in the Port of Helsingborg knew that they would need more extensive data on the current and wave conditions than would be necessary in many other port construction projects. In other words, they needed detailed data on the potential consequences for both safety and environment with the new port to be able to make the right decisions.