Port of Kaskinen is on its way to doubling the traffic
The demand for port services is on the rise. In four years, Port of Kaskinen has grown by 30 percent and now handles over 1.3 million tonnes of goods annually. But the growth is not stopping here.
“The energy crisis has sped up wind farm construction in Finland. In 2023, wind turbine components will be seen in the port of Kaskinen for the first time, when over 900 components are imported through it. This means about 50 more ships in half a year”, says CEO Patrik Hellman.
To accommodate the large wind turbine components, the port area will be expanded by 3–4 hectares.
In 2022, Kaskinen was chosen as the location for Metsä Board’s new paperboard factory. If the factory is built, it would not only bring hundreds of new jobs to the area, but also increase the traffic in the port.
“The factory would produce 800,000 tonnes of paperboard annually for export through our port. This would double our traffic, which is one of our main strategic goals”, states Hellman.
Metsä Board is expected to make the final investment decision in 2024.
In the midst of growth, Port of Kaskinen is investing in digitalisation and further reducing its carbon footprint.
“We are planning to build a smart space solution – a digital system – that allows us to monitor and optimise the usage of the port’s field area. This will increase efficiency and reduce emissions.”
Furthermore, to enhance energy self-sufficiency and the use of renewable energy, the port will switch to LED lighting and is planning to install solar panels in the port area.