share in asphalt.”
As for other added value, salt is also bagged, while there are several initiatives to sort and process construction and bio-waste to increase reuse/circulation of materials through adding/purifying
value. Again, the ‘green shift’ is predominantly a driver behind
port growth and for greater use of sea transport.
Finally, in respect of 2017, he predicts that there will not be
much further growth in the dry bulk sector, but there are
underlying drivers to ensure substantial growth over the next
In 2016, the Finnish Port of Pori reported dry bulk traffic
down around 150,000 tonnes to 1.2mt. According to
spokesperson Pekka Friman, the port authority is not expecting
any dramatic changes in tonnage handled during the current
Pori mainly handles coal, which saw a drop of approximately
10% last year.
Consignments on the landside are moved by both road and
rail, but not inland waterway, since the port does not have a
connection. Coal, while mostly moved by conveyor, is also
shifted by road haulage vehicles and shovel loaders.
Vessels transporting shipments can vary between 4,000dwt
Friman notes that changes have had to be made to
operations in recent years because of environmental legislation,
which has meant that dust emissions have had to be controlled.
No added value is undertaken on the coal whilst it is in the
Coal handling at the port takes place at the Tahkoluoto deep-
water harbour, where draught of up to 15.3 metres means that
Capesize vessels can be accommodated. A shiploader which has
a capacity of up to 1,200tph (tonnes per hour) is available; this
mainly handles ferrous sulphate, and Ferrix. In addition, the
portal cranes can discharge consignments at approximately
2,000tph, although these figures depend on the type of goods. In
addition, the deep-water harbour is well-equipped for bulk
goods transshipment operations, too.
The quay is 450 metres in length, with one 40-tonne and one
32-tonne crane deployed. These are used for coal and ilmenite
loading and unloading.
A total of 9,500m2 of warehousing facilities is also provided,
while a 5km-long overland conveyor moves coal on the quay to
the adjacent Fortum Power and Heat Ltd’s power plant.
Friman explains that Fortum is not the only client handling
coal in the port. SSAB also manages some transhipment
consignments of this commodity, he says.
In fact,Tahkoluoto harbour is divided into two separate
berths: one of 140 metres, with 10 metres of draught alongside,