The downturn led to a revision in the ownership and management structures at the port with the City of Gothenburg retaining ownership of the port authority – Göteborgs Hamn AB (GHAB) – while privatising the terminals which have been temporarily divided into container/ro-ro (short sea) and car (deep sea), and managed separately. The port is currently looking for private buyers for both terminals. Meanwhile, all operations (including personnel) in the respective terminals will be transferred to newly formed companies for each terminal.
The change in structure and ownership is aimed at achieving greater specialisation and bringing external expertise, according to Peter Karlsson, managing director Gothenburg Car Terminal. It is also designed to give the port authority a greater opportunity to develop the port as a national logistics centre.