The Kalmar Harbour Expansion Project: Is it Sustainable?

The Vision:

Screenshot 2015-06-11 15.45.03—The harbour in Kalmar – to make an expansion due to loss of space (University Expansion) and an increase in cargo volume.

—Planned actions:

—Dredging of harbour and fairway

—Filling parts of the harbour to create more storage space

—New jetty, for cargo handling and cruise ships

“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.“ (Brundtland Report, 1987)

Environmental Impacts:

—Dredging – Contaminent, Flora and fauna

—Increased on-land transport

—Impacts due to shipping activity

—-ballast water implications- invasive species

—-emission to air

—-sewage in the baltic sea

—-operational oil spill

Economic impacts:

—Infrastructure, can it cope with the increase of tourists

—-Cruise terminal?


—-Sewage treatment?

—-Recycling center for the garbages?

—More jobs: Harbour, turism inudstry, logistic of suplying the cruise ship

—More tax income

Societal impacts:

—More tourists mean more crowds?

—Increased need for safety in the society

—Possible happy tourists could come back, reputation



There are good possibilities for this vision of an expansion to be realized in a sustainable way. Two (economic and social) out of three aspects would probably be fulfilled by the effects of the expansion itself. Most effort must be put into working with the environmental aspect of the expansion, as this will not come “for free”.


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