The ship Götheborg of Sweden today announced that the planned expedition to Asia is extended with a year, in response to the great interest in the expedition start-up in 2021. Arrival at the end destination in Asia, Shanghai, will be in September 2023. The route is expanded primarily in Europe, with focus on Northern Europe.
The ship Götheborg of Sweden sails to Stockholm
Thursday, 26 August 2021, the ship Götheborg will arrive in Stockholm harbour. It’s the first time in six years that the ship is sailing, and the starting point for the major journey to Asia that the ship will make next year, in 2022. The mission for the journey is to strengthen Swedish-Asian trade relations, and promote the need for innovative solutions for a more sustainable world.
On 16 August 2021, the ship Götheborg of Sweden departed from Gothenburg to sail to Stockholm, drawing great public interest as she left the harbour, shooting salute with eight of her ten cannons. During nearly twenty days the ship will be tested at sea – an important preparation for the coming journey to Asia in 2022.
”It’s been more than 15 years since Götheborg of Sweden last sailed to Asia, in 2005-2007, and we’re extremely excited to see her sail again, said Peter Alexandersson, CEO SOIC Ship Management and the company that operates Götheborg. A lot of work has been done in the last two years to make the ship ready to sail again.”
The journey includes an eight day stop in Stockholm, during which time the ship will be a meeting place for Swedish business. The ship will also be open to the public during three of the days in Stockholm.
”The stop in Stockholm is another important part of the preparations for the Asia expedition, as it represents the harbour stops that will be made while sailing to Asia and works to show the unique platform for Sweden and Swedish companies that the ship will serve as,” said Alexandersson.
The ship left Gothenburg Monday 16 August 2021, and will arrive in Stockholm ten days later. She will leave Stockholm Saturday 4 September 2021 and the sailing leg back to Gothenburg will take nine days. She will arrive in Gothenburg on Sunday 12 September 2021.
In 2022 Götheborg of Sweden will sail to Asia. Heading off in April 2022, the route will go through the Mediterranean and the Suez Canal, and then on to East Asia. The exact route is still to be decided, but preliminary stops are London, Lisbon, Palma de Mallorca, Piraeus (Athens), Alexandria, Djibouti, Muscat, Chennai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. The whole journey will take seven months and Götheborg is expected to arrive in Shanghai in October 2022. The journey will be an opportunity to showcase Swedish business and culture and strengthen and develop business opportunities and relations for businesses in both Sweden and the visited countries.
The ship Götheborg – history
The Götheborg is a full-sized replica of an 18th century ship, that was owned by the Swedish East India Company, and that ran aground and sank outside of Gothenburg in 1745. In 1986 marine excavation of the original ship Götheborg was initiated and in 1995 the building of a new Götheborg was started. Eight years later, in 2003, the ship was launched, and between 2005-2007 the ship sailed the historical route to Asia and back. After that several expeditions around Europe were carried out, the latest one in 2015.
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Götheborg of Sweden is the world's largest active wooden ship and a unique replica of an 18th century Swedish East India Company ship that sank outside of Gothenburg in 1745. The ship is today used as a platform to promote trade and sustainable innovations for a better future. It is also a popular visitor destination. The ship Götheborg is operated by SOIC Ship Management, which is owned by Greencarrier AB, one of the Nordic’s largest, privately owned logistics companies.
When sailing to Stockholm, and back to Gothenburg, the ship Götheborg uses RME biodiesel instead of marine diesel in two of its four fuel tanks. The initiative is part of a bigger sustainability commitment to minimise the ship’s environmental impact and promote solutions for a more sustainable world.
Greencarrier ensures that The Swedish Ship Götheborg sails on Greencarrier AB has acquired all shares in Svenska Ostindiska Companiet AB - SOIC AB - from foundation Ostindiefararen Götheborg. Greencarrier AB thereby also takes over the ownership and responsibility for “The Swedish Ship Götheborg”.