Port of Kiel Hits Seven Million Tonnes in 2017
Port of Kiel in Germany passed the seven million tonne mark for the first time in 2017, with a total of 7,407.376 tonnes loaded and unloaded.
This represents an increase of 14.3% over the previous year and is the best annual result ever achieved by the port.
The biggest area of growth was in the bulk goods sector: handling was 24% higher in 2017 than the previous year.
Several developments led to the record results and port growth, including: the expansion of the SCA Forest Products Centre, strong ferry traffic growth to and from Gothenburg, and a boost in hinterland rail traffic.
Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director, Port of Kiel, said: “Kiel achieved a top result and improved performance in all sectors.
“Particularly outstanding were developments at the SCA Forest Products Terminal, which fulfilled all the high expectations and fully justified our investment.”
Following an investment of US $31 million (25 million Euros) to build the SCA Terminal in 2016, over 780,000 tons of paper products were offloaded, stored and distributed during its first year of operation in 2017.
Dirk Claus, Managing Director, Port of Kiel, said: “Paper - one of the most important trading commodities in the Baltic region - has returned to the Kiel Fiord.
“Our investment has re-established Kiel in this market sector.”
Image credit: Port of Kiel