Sawn timber handling almost doubled in 2014

12/17/2014 – 

On Sunday MV BBC Bangkok coming from La Rochelle made fast at Wismar seaport to take on a cargo of 6,141 tons of bundled sawn timber. This cargo, destined for the Algerian port of Tenes, puts the port clearly beyond the 100,000 ton mark for this cargo type in sea export handling this year.

It is a milestone that  particularly gladdens the partners ILIM NORDIC TIMBER and WISMAR SEAPORT at the end of the year.

It has been possible to significantly step up exports to the Mediterranean region this year and ILIM NORDIC TIMBER has managed to successfully develop new markets especially in North Africa with the quality products from its Wismar plant.

Christoph Zöchling, plant manager at INT Wismar, comments:

„We are proud to be able to announce such positive news before the end of the year. It is not a foregone conclusion that we exceeded the 100,000 tons mark. Apart from an excellent cooperation with Wismar seaport I would like to thank all our staff without whom this achievement wouldn't have been possible. It also goes to show, again, that we chose exactly the right site for our plant. This location at the Baltic Sea does not only make for optimum export conditions but also allows for a stable import of round wood.“

Helmut Bilz, port operation manager, adds on behalf of Wismar seaport:

„The production of the INT sawmill at the Wismar port location is also a major guarantor for the successful development of the cargo handling business at the seaport. Since the timber cluster started operating we have steadfastly moved towards 20 million m³ solid measure in round wood imports.

The main share in this is for the steady supply of the INT sawmill, but  the industrial timber imports by the companies EGGER Holzwerkstoffe and German Pellets established in the timber cluster have also continuously increased.

We are very happy with the perceptible increases in sawn timber exports this year and we congratulate INT on successfully opening new sales markets outside Europe.“

Wednesday night the 128 metre vessel left the port of Wismar with more than 2,000 bundles of sawn timber on board, heading for the Spanish exclave of Ceuta. After refuelling the crew under captain Lianoas Prialgauskas will spend Christmas Eve at sea and are expected to reach the Algerian coast on 25 / 26 December.

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