Port of Hafnarfjordur: Vital midpoint in the Atlantic
04. August 2011
Iceland, along with its service ports, is becoming a vital midpoint between North America and mainland Europe as shipping lanes, Arctic transport and hydrocarbon exploration possibilities growing by the day.
One of Iceland’s biggest ports, located in the southwestern coast town Hafnarfjordur is growing as a popular Icelandic destination for cruise ships and services. It is helped in this respect by being a pretty and interesting town close to the capital Reykjavik, as well as an ideal seaport.
Among various services, the Port of Hafnarfjordur is adept at dealing with containers, bulk, breakbulk, fish, general cargo and oil, and also has important repair facilities.
Hafnarfjordur offers two port facilities located four kilometres from each other. The Straumsvik site is located next to the Icelandic Aluminium Co Ltd (ISAL) smelter and Gasfelagid Liquefied Propane Gas depot. The main berth is therefore equipped with a suction unit for unloading bauxite.
The other site nearer the centre of Hafnarfjordur town has an extensive variety of facilities, including for dry, cool and refrigerated cargo; oil unloading; 24 hour bunkering and mobile cranes to lift up to 150 tonnes.
Due to the close proximity to the centre of the town, cruise liner passengers can enjoy the easy walking distance from the ship to explore Hafnarfjordur. The port is also adequately designed to shelter cruise liners, with a draught of 8-10 metres for ships up to 300-350 metres in length.