Aarhus Havn expansion
Plans for a major expansion of the Danish port of Aarhus have been developed which will see new port areas in the waters to the east of the existing harbour writes Dag Pike.
The working title of the expansion is “Yderhavnen” (the outer port) and is part of the agreement about the port areas near the city, which Port of Aarhus sold to the City of Aarhus for urban development. The expansion, which will now be environmentally assessed, is expected to be carried out in three phases. This is a long term expansion programme with the last phase is expected to be finished in about 40 years time.
Located on the eastern coast of the country the Port of Aarhus is already the largest port in Denmark and continues to expand. It is claimed that around 60% of the container traffic of Denmark passes through the port and a major proportion of the bulk cargoes are also handled there. Port Director Jakob Flyvbjerg Christensen commented, “We are close to completing the port’s current master plan from 1997. And it is with some pride on behalf of the entire company I can say that the forecasts and the vision have turned out to last. Currently we are working on the last phase, which is moving the ferry terminal away from the city to the eastern port. The proposed outer port is an extension of the East Port, thus fulfilling the wish for moving the port out into the sea and away from the city”.
Christensen emphasises that the current port areas are largely utilized and that the Port of Aarhus has sold no less than 600,000 sq. m port area to the city. Initially, the Port of Aarhus plans an extension of approximately 300,000 sq.m, which forms the first phase of the development. This is expected to be completed by 2030 with the second phase of 650,000 sq.m expected to be completed in 2048 and the 450,000 sq.m third phase expected to be completed by 2060.
The environmental assessment that the Port of Aarhus has now requested must examine all relevant environmental conditions. The survey will take several years and there will be a number of consultation phases during the process.
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