PORT OF THE MONTH
This month, the Port of Kokkola is ESPO’s Port of the Month. The Port of Kokkola is Finland’s biggest bulk port, it runs three port-terminals and functions as a ‘tool port’. Let’s have a closer look at this interesting port!
ESPO: Can you briefly tell us about the Port of Kokkola? What are its main characteristics and challenges?
Port of Kokkola: The Port of Kokkola is, calculated in cargo volume, the third largest multipurpose port in Finland, specialised in dry bulk. The port is running three port-terminals, the Deep, Silverstone and General port. Each one is dedicated to different tasks.
The Deep port, founded in the mid 80´s, is dedicated to what we call dark bulk, mainly iron-based raw materials for export, but also import of raw materials for the chemical-metallurgical industry in the vicinity of all three port areas. In the Deep port, we can handle both panamax and cape size ships. The average ship size is 75.000 DWT, while the largest ship that called at the port so far is 180.000 DWT. Based on volumes, the Deep port is by far the largest of the three port-terminals.
The Silverstone port, founded only 10 years ago, handles what we call light bulk, including lime stone and different phosphates. In recent years, the Silverstone port area has been in intense development.
The General port, originally founded in 1825, is dedicated to containers, general and project cargoes, while also some light bulk is still being handled.