04 May Moving Toward a World-Class Container Port in Finland
By Markku Lehtovaara, HR Director at Euroports Rauma Finland Oy
While the world economy and business are slowly recovering, Euroports Rauma Oy has taken on the challenge to become a world-class container operator in Finland. Euroports Rauma, the port of Rauma, and the authorities in Finland have partnered to finalize a 30+ million euro investment make the port of Rauma a world-class container port.
The project to double container terminal capacity and container berth started in April of 2016. Since then, a total of four hectares of new container yard has been built. The new container berth is approximately 520 meters long, with a maximum draft of 12 meters.
Simultaneously with the expansion of the container terminal, the Rauma Channel was deepened from 10 meters to the maximum authorized 12 meters draft by Port of Rauma Ltd in cooperation with the Finnish Transport Agency. The biggest investment in the history of Euroports Finland will be completed in spring 2018, when the new STS-crane at Euroports Rauma will be operational. With the increase in container business, the timing for new STS-crane is just perfect.
“This investment creates capacity for larger vessels and more storage and handling capacity, resulting in higher productivity. Euroports and the port can now receive even larger vessels due to the deepening of the channel and berths, while the transportation efficiency will increase and emissions from traffic will diminish,” says Timo Lehtinen, Managing Director of Euroports Finland Oy.