Euroports Mantsinen Harbour Crane - Port of Pietarsaari

Euroports Commissions Mantsinen 200 Hydraulic Harbour Crane at the Port of Pietarsaari

Jan. 12, 2021 - In mid-December, Euroports commissioned its new Mantsinen 200 hydraulic harbour crane at the Port of Pietarsaari. The major export port mainly handles pulp, sawn timber, coal, and industrial raw materials.

The new crane is a nearly 2 million euro investment.

With the new crane, Euroports will be able to load and unload ships and increase performance figures in all cargo types.

“In terms of production efficiency, we are talking about an increase of more than 10%, as the loading capacity will increase by at least 25%,” says Operations Director Pauli Rautiainen.

The crawler crane is equipped with long booms and a high undercarriage and was assembled in the port area in the second week of December. It was commissioned for production use in week 51.

In practice, the increase in loading capacity means that with the new crane, Euroports will be able to handle four packages of sawn goods at once instead of the current three. Similarly, the four packages of pulp that Euroports can handle now will become six.

The Mantsinen 200 was equipped with a variety of accessories to suit all cargo needs, Euroports noted.

Euroports explained that the crane is used to handle bulk and general cargo, and therefore acquired a fully automated six-unit lifting device for handling pulp, a four-unit lifting device for handling sawn goods, and buckets for handling bulk and pulpwood.

The nearly two-million-euro crane investment is important for Euroports Pietarsaari’s operations. With the new crane, the port will also be able to meet the needs of larger ships calling at the port.

“Our turnover is approximately 7 million euros, so this is a major investment that will take our operations forward. The investment reflects the Group’s confidence in the current and future profitability of the Pietarsaari unit,” says Rautiainen.

Euroports said that it has received a lot of positive feedback from customers about this investment. The crane is equipped with a HybriLift system, which delivers financial savings and reduces emissions. Rautiainen emphasises that environmental friendliness is an important aspect of the port operator’s day-to-day operations.

The device charges its pressure accumulators whenever the boom is lowered, which helps reduce the load on the engine. Compared to traditional models, Euroports aims to decrease energy consumption by up to 35%.

Euroports is one of the largest port-infrastructure companies in Europe. Each year Euroports handles more than 60 million tons of liquid, bulk, breakbulk and containerised goods. The company develops, operates and manages global maritime supply chain solutions for international customers in specific industry sectors. To learn more, visit: www.euroports.com.


Artist's depiction of the new terminal at the Port of Gothenburg, phase 2 included. Image: Gothenburg Port Authority.

Port of Gothenburg Utilizes Dredging Spoils in Construction of New Terminal

180,000 cubic meters of dredged material are currently being reused as filling material in the construction of the Port of Gothenburg's next major investment. When the masses have been stabilized and solidified and further surface work have been completed, 140,000 square meters of new, long-awaited terminal space, will be available in the Port of Gothenburg

Dec. 15, 2020 - The largest port expansion in Gothenburg since the 1970s is underway at the Port of Gothenburg. The terminal will be 140,000 square meters in size (equivalent to approximately 20 football pitches) and will be directly adjacent to other major terminals at the port.

“The terminal is a crucial aspect of the port's long-term expansion plans and will further strengthen Gothenburg as the Nordic logistics capital. By almost exclusively using recycled material in the project, we are also able to expand with environmental consideration” said Joakim Grenmarker, Project Manager at the Gothenburg Port Authority.

Construction of the brand-new terminal at the Port of Gothenburg got under way in autumn 2018. Since then, 1,500 piles have been sinked into the bedrock, and the Arendal bay has been embanked with blasting stones from an adjacent hill.

The embanked bay will constitute the coming terminal area. But first, the embanked bay will be filled with about 180,000 cubic meters of contaminated dredging spoils, and that work is currently underway.

When the material fills the basin, water is forced out and needs to be purified and checked before it is returned to the sea.

“This is done by adding carbon dioxide to the water from the backfill basin, which lowers the PH value so that pollutants can precipitate. The water is then pumped on to a sedimentation basin and on to a sand and active carbon filter. We examine and send water for analysis once a week to ensure that the water is ready to be pumped into the sea,” said Kristina Bernstén, Environmental Engineer at the Gothenburg Port Authority.

The terminal is expected to be completed by 2023, although certain sections might be brought into use before then.

SOURCE: Port of Gothenburg

Port of Tarragona Railway

Port of Tarragona Resumes Railway Service of Paper Pulp with Salamanca

The service will be weekly and will move convoys of 22 wagons and will be coordinated with ADIF and Renfe Mercancias

Jan. 7, 2021 - The Port of Tarragona resumes the weekly railway service of paper pulp with Salamanca. This operation has started operating again this first week of 2021 and is coordinated by the operations service of the Tarragona Port Authority and ADIF. In the first service 12 wagons have been moved and in the following the number will increase to 22.

This service, which was interrupted during 2020, will be carried out in two parts given the length and total weight of the convoy. In this way, it will leave the Port of Tarragona in two separate parts that will join outside the Tarragona port facilities to go together towards Salamanca.

Of the 22 wagons that will consist of each convoy sent from the Port of Tarragona to Salamanca, 18 will be loaded directly from the ships at the terminal that Euroports has in the Cantabrian wharf, while the remaining 4 will be loaded on another route from the same pier, due to its large dimensions.

The railway operation will last less than a week, between the arrival of the empty wagons and their loading and shipment. On Thursday the convoy will come and from Monday the loading operation of the goods themselves will take place. Finally, on Wednesday, all the wagons loaded with paper pulp will leave for Salamanca.

The railway operator in charge of the operations will be Renfe Mercancías in coordination with the operations service of the Port of Tarragona and ADIF.

A Transport of the Future, a Sustainable Means

The commitment of the Port of Tarragona is clear for intermodality in order to optimize the logistics chain and be able to offer a better service to its customers, both from an economic point of view and in terms of sustainability.

The port is a leader in the Mediterranean and is consolidated as one of the ports of entry and exit of goods in Europe. It maintains line with sixty countries through regular shipping lines that it has established with ports around the world. The port is the gateway to Tarragona in the world.

The Port's internal railway network serves all the operating docks. From east to west, there are three branches that connect the internal network of the Port with the ADIF network.

At the port facilities, in 2018, 1,423,483 tons were moved by rail. In total, 4,089 trains and 62,677 wagons circulated through the facilities of the Port of Tarragona.

SOURCE: Port of Tarragona


Cooper Marine & Timberlands Expands Its Logistics and Business Development Team

Strickler AdamsMOBILE, ALABAMA, Dec. 7, 2020 - Cooper Marine & Timberlands (CMT) has expanded and strengthened its logistics and business development team through its promotion of Strickler Adams to Director of Marine Logistics and hiring of Alan Dodd as Director of Business Development.

“Strickler has played a key role in growing our inland marine footprint and providing an unmatched level of customer service for our clients,” said Angus R. Cooper, III, President of Cooper Marine & Timberlands. “Strickler’s leadership will ensure that our team continues to provide the efficient, safe, and reliable operations needed to support our customers’ current and future needs.”

As Director of Marine Logistics, Adams will lead the Cooper Marine & Timberlands vessel and barge logistics team, coordinating the movement of the company’s 400+ barges and 20 towing vessels.

Adams began his career with Cooper Marine & Timberlands in 2013 as a management trainee, where he first learned the company’s marine operations as a linehaul deckhand. Later, Strickler served as Logistics Coordinator and, most recently, as Sales Manager.

Adams is a graduate of The University of Alabama, where he majored in finance and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration.

Alan DoddAlan Dodd has 17 years of industry experience and joins the Cooper Marine & Timberlands team from T. Parker Host, where he was Commercial Development Manager for Houston, Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to his most recent role, Alan was Operations Manager for T. Parker Host’s Houston operation. He began his maritime career with Norton Lilly International, where he served as Marine Operations Agent in Long Beach, California, Customer Service Representative in Charleston, South Carolina, and Port Manager in Tampa, Florida, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Alan obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration at The University of Alabama, where he studied Marketing and Computer Science.

“Alan brings with him a wide breadth and depth of industry knowledge and relationships that will greatly complement our commercial development team,” noted Angus R. Cooper, III. “Alan is charged with ensuring our customers are treated with the highest level of service and that we’re consistently meeting their needs and exceeding their expectations. I have no doubt that Alan is up for that challenge.”

Cooper Marine & Timberlands marine operations are powered by a fleet of 20 towing vessels and more than 400 dry bulk barges. The company’s footprint includes the Tennessee-Tombigbee River system, Ohio River, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Illinois River, Arkansas River, Cumberland River, Black Warrior River, Tennessee River, and Mississippi River. The company’s Port of Mobile stevedoring operation includes two deep-draft terminals for loading and discharging a wide variety of dry bulk commodities.

SOURCE: Cooper Marine & Timberlands


Port of Tarragona - Wood Chips

Port of Tarragona Removes Over 12,000 Tons of Wood Chips as Safety Precaution

Dec. 2, 2020 - The Port of Tarragona, together with a stevedoring company, has completed the removal of the 12,626 tons of wood chips located in the docks of Navarre and Aragon of the Tarragona port area.

Since October 21, about 600 tons per day of wood chips (biomass) have been hauled away by truck. The aim of the Port of Tarragona has been to speed up work to remove the chip to its destination and final function to prevent any future incidents of self-combustion.

The operation has served to remove material that went into self-combustion on September 25, fueled by strong gusts of wind present in those days. At the time of the incident the biomass batteries located at the Aragon dock were waiting to be loaded onto a ship.

In addition, the Port of Tarragona intends to pass along the removal costs to the owners of the biomass material.

The Port of Tarragona has also tightened the conditions for admitting wood chips to prevent new incidents arising from the deterioration of stowage. At this time, it is essential that any wood chip storage is assigned a confirmed ship departure date that, in addition, does not exceed the estimated period of biomass deterioration that could generate self-combustion episodes.

Since last November 2019, the Port of Tarragona has had an authorized occupation of wood chips distributed at the pier of Navarra with 6,700 tons and at the pier of Aragon with 5,926 tons.

After an extended period of outdoor storage, wood chips can undergo self-combustion processes. Inside the chips are a series of physical, chemical and biological processes that lead to an increase in temperature and variations in moisture content, causing a chimney effect, with air circulation from the sides towards the top of the stack.

In the event of this eventuality, the Port of Tarragona ensures that preventive measures are taken to cool the goods in order to avoid risks, such as: reduction of the height of the wood chip piles to 1.5 meters, separation of wood chips into several smaller piles, and expanding the area where the chips are stock piled. In addition, the wood chips will be actively and continuously removed in order to cool and stabilize the temperature.

Source: Port of Tarragona

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