A scalable infrastructure
WALLENIUS SOL’s new service initially encompasses ten ports, of which six are in the Gulf of Bothnia.
TODAY, THE PORTS serve the Swedish and Finnish forest industry and are situated adjacent to the major mills. As more customers connect to the infrastructure the capacity will be adjusted accordingly. This means that more ports and vessels can be added. When choosing ports on the continent, the focus has been on identifying large logistics hubs that also offer a combination of paper terminals and northbound exports.
The ports in brief
Stora Enso and Metsä Board have two large mills here. This is also a port for the mining and steel industries. To the north there are other industries that are reached via Kemi, which makes it a hub north of the Arctic Circle.
In Oulu Stora Enso has a paper mill where large investments in board production have been made for the future. Oulu is a large university town, with a number of chemical and plastic industries in the immediate area.
In Pietarsaari there is a paper mill that belongs to BillerudKorsnäs located in the area. The region is home to a large number of other industries within plastics, chemicals and steel.
Metsä Board has a pulp mill in Kaskinen, which actually is Finland’s smallest town. In time there may be other types of cargo in Kaskinen, as there are several larger towns within the catchment area to the south.
In Husum there is a mill port that exports paper and board. Metsä Board has invested in a new board machine to convert the production from fine paper to board.
From November 2019, WALLENIUS SOL includes Port of Vaasa in its regular liner network. The service is a major improvement for the region, enabling cost effective and environmentally friendly logistical solutions to the industry and trade.
A major shipping hub. Historically Travemünde/Lübeck has been the primary port for Sweden and Finland for transport further into Europe. Transloading to road or rail for continued transports to the east and south occurs here.
Historically a large forest industry port for further distribution to Benelux, France and Spain. One of the largest ports in Europe for goods that are destined for Asia. Large parts of the world can be reached from the port in Antwerp.
A major paper hub. Stora Enso built its terminal in Zeebrugge in 2000. Zeebrugge is situated close to the sea, which gives a short approach to the port. Many trailers and containers go from Zeebrugge to England and Denmark. There are also rail connections here.
England is generally a large paper importer. Stora Enso, BillerudKorsnäs and Metsä Board have volumes destined for the English market. A large part of the paper consumption occurs in southern and central parts of England.