Asia Expedition 2022/2023

The ship Götheborg has arrived in Valletta, Malta

Today, Friday 14 October 2022 at 12:00 am, the world’s largest ocean-going wooden sailing ship, and a replica of an 18th century Swedish East India Company ship, Götheborg of Sweden, arrived to Valletta. Before mooring, the ship saluted the city with a gun salute which was answered from the city.

The ship Götheborg has arrived in Valletta, Malta

The Götheborg is on its way to Asia, and Malta is the 12th stopover on the Asia Expedition 2022/2023. The ship will be in Valletta 14–18 October, is moored at Valletta Waterfront, and will be open to visitors during the stopover.

The Götheborg is the world’s largest ocean-going wooden sailing ship, and a replica of an 18th century Swedish East India Company ship that sank outside Gothenburg in 1745.

“ This is the first time that the ship Götheborg visits Malta and Valletta, and we are overwhelmed by the warm welcome from the city of Valletta. We are looking forward to beautiful days”, said Kristoffer Bennis, Expedition Director at Götheborg of Sweden.

The ship is on a two-year long expedition, the Asia Expedition 2022/2023. Following in the historic footsteps of the original ship from the 18th century, the purpose of the expedition is for paying deckhands to be able to sail along and experience sailing an 18th century ship, for people to visit the ship in ports, and to promote trade relations in Europe and Asia.

On each sailing leg about 50 members of the public can sail along as deckhands. The professional crew consists of about 20 professional sailors, which means that there is between 70–80 people on board for each sailing leg.

The ship will sail in Europe in 2022, stay in Barcelona during the winter, and continue to Asia in March 2023. In September 2023, the ship will reach the expedition’s end destination Shanghai. The Götheborg left Gothenburg 8 June 2022 and has since visited Helsingborg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, London, Bremerhaven, Lisbon, Málaga, Nice and Monaco. Next stop after Valletta is Barcelona, the last stop on this year’s expedition.

Short facts

  • Arrival in Valletta 14 October, 2022
  • Gun salute outside the city before arrival
  • Mooring at Valletta Waterfront at 12:00 am
  • Open to visitors 14 October – 17 October
  • Departure on 18 October

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Asia Expedition 2022/2023

Götheborg departed from Gothenburg 8 June 2022, and will arrive in Shanghai in September 2023. During the expedition, the ship is sailing in the Baltic Sea and Northern Europe before continuing to the Mediterranean. During winter 2022/2023 the ship will remain in the Mediterranean, in Barcelona. It will continue to Asia in spring 2023. The mission for the Asia Expedition is for paying deckhands to sail along and experience sailing an 18th century ship, to take on board visitors in port and to promote trade relations in Europe and Asia.

Greencarrier and Partners

In 2019 the Swedish logistics company Greencarrier acquired SOIC Ship Management, that operates the ship Götheborg, and thereby secured financing of the expedition to Asia. In spring 2020 Greencarrier also acquired the ship. Behind the decision lies a long-term interest in and commitment to the ship Götheborg, and the conviction that the ship is built to sail and therefore should do that.

Partners to the expedition are also EKN (The Swedish Export Credit Agency) and Vinnova (Sweden’s innovation agency), along with a great number of suppliers that support the expedition in different ways.

Short facts: 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 1984 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. In 2021 the ship sailed from Gothenburg to Stockholm and back.

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Lars Ringnér

Götheborg of Sweden is the world’s largest ocean-going wooden sailing ship and a unique replica of an 18th century Swedish East India Company ship that sank outside of Gothenburg in 1745. Today, the ship operates with paying deckhands who sail on board to sail along between ports and learn how to sail an 18th century ship. In ports, it is also a popular visitor destination. The ship Götheborg is owned SOIC AB and operated by Rederi Götheborg AB. Both SOIC AB and Rederi Götheborg AB are fully owned subsidiaries of Greencarrier Group, a family-owned company with over 40 years of history specialising in logistics solutions.

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