In 2014, the Port of Kokkola’s total transport volume exceeded 8 million tonnes for the first time. The number of Panamax and Cape size class vessels grew by nearly 40 per cent. To ensure that the port area will serve the competitiveness of industrial companies using the port, business income is invested for the port area’s long-term development.
“We are building capacity in advance. This requires constant planning and forecasting, but we want to live in tune with the times and grow with the market. Our goal is to increase volume and gain new customers. We are prepared for tomorrow’s needs,” says Torbjörn Witting, CEO of the Port of Kokkola.
The Port of Kokkola actually consists of three different ports. The Deep Port mainly handles so-called dark bulk cargoes. It also features a Rail Wagon Tippler Terminal. The General Port focuses on break bulk and containers. The Silverstone Port, in turn, is specially designed for light bulk and container cargo. In the Nordic countries’ only All Weather Terminal, ships are efficiently loaded and unloaded indoors.
Ostrobothnia’s largest port for exports is growing 3-4 hectares per year. Areas are recovered from the sea by building embankments and by infilling new land areas, on which quays and tracks are built.
“We are Finland’s largest rail transport port. Last year, 15 per cent of VR Transpoint transports ended up at the Port of Kokkola,” says Witting.
The Port of Kokkola has segmented its markets geographically. Russian transit traffic plays an important role. The port also serves Central and Northern Finland’s large industrial units, such as the major companies of the Kokkola region.
For customers, the most essential factor is the port’s ability to handle cargo. Investing in new
landarea, warehouses, cranes and special equipment.
For example The Port of Kokkola has responded to demand by investing in a crane with a lifting capacity of 140 tonnes for containers and especially for project cargo as windmill projects or other large projects in the area. “We have also expanded our storage areas. In addition, regular container traffic runs from Kokkola to Antwerp and Hamburg.”
PORT OF KOKKOLA LTD.
FI-67900 Kokkola, Finland
Deep Port: Dry bulk (dark), liquid bulk
General Port: All Weather Terminal,
break bulk, containers
Silverstone Port: Dry bulk (light), liquid bulk, containers
Channel depths: 13 m safety water
Total quay length: 2,334 m
Volume 2014: 8.6 million tonnes
Open: All year