Stockholm inaugurates new-look port

Ports of Stockholm “expands city” by 85,000sqm
Ports of Stockholm says it has “expanded the city by 85,000 square metres” by building a new pier and passenger terminal. The new Port of Värtahamnen and Värta Terminal were officially inaugurated yesterday.
Värtahamnen has been under reconstruction since 2013, part of the development of “a completely new city district in Stockholm”, the Stockholm Royal Seaport. Ports of Stockholm has built a new pier and passenger terminal, which the ferry operations at Värtahamnen have now moved to.
The concentration of port operations to the pier has freed up 85,000sqm of land for urban development, making space for 12,000 new homes and 35,000 workplaces.
At the same time, a new landmark has been created in Stockholm. The Värta Terminal, designed by architects CF Møller, is described by the port authority as “a light, expansive and pleasant space for both ferry passengers and the general public”.
“Eleven million passengers pass through Ports of Stockholm every year,” said Stockholm Mayor Karin Wanngård. “They contribute consumer spending of SEK 5 billion (€515 million), fill the equivalent of seven hotels every day of the year and generate 4,100 full-time jobs in the region.”
She added: “The ferry industry is important for Stockholm. It is exciting to see how Värtahamnen has developed and has contributed to the development of the Stockholm Royal Seaport.”
Marcus Risberg, chief executive officer of Tallink Silja Sweden: “This is a historic moment and means significant improvements for our 4.5 million passengers who pass through the Port of Värtahamnen each year. Over the long-term it benefits the entire region. Our operations will be a natural aspect of everyday life in the new city district, with the port just around the corner. It feels really good and inspiring to move in to our new offices, located at the heart of the pulse of operations.”
TTG Nordic