The main hearing concerning the construction and operation of the Stockholm Norvik Port will be held by the Land and Environmental Court of Appeal on 27 August.
Ports of Stockholm is planning a new port for rolling goods (RoRo) and container traffic at Norvikudden in Nynäshamn, the Stockholm Norvik Port. The building and operation of a port requires permit permissions in accordance with the Swedish Environmental Code and the legal process can be protracted.
After the Land and Environmental Court of Appeal ruled to allow the port in December 2010 and the Supreme Court denied permission to appeal this decision in 2012, the Land and Environmental Court issued permits to Ports of Stockholm in October 2014 for the construction and operation of the Stockholm Norvik Port. The Land and Environmental Court also notified the conditions for operation and gave permission for dredging with dispensation to allow dredging material to be dumped at sea. A challenging party appealed against this and it is now time for a new hearing by the higher authority, the Land and Environmental Court of Appeal.
The Stockholm Norvik Port is located close to the shipping lane and has a naturally deep draught that makes the port able to welcome larger ships closer to the expanding Stockholm region. The port will contribute to enabling a portion of the goods currently transported by road or railway to instead be transported by sea as close to Sweden's largest consumer region as possible. This is good for both the environment and for the congestion on today's roads and railways.
The project has been well prepared and construction will begin as soon as all permits have been issued. It will take around three years to build the port.
The Land and Environmental Court of Appeal will announce its verdict on October 30.