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Port of Gothenburg opens timber terminal

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Port of Gothenburg opens timber terminal

December 17, 2014 - 04:41
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More sawmills throughout the Nordic region can now ship their timber via the Port of Gothenburg. A new transloading terminal for timber products has opened at the port. The terminal will be run by the family-owned company Sören Thyr AB.

Paper, pulp and timber products account for a large proportion of exports that pass through the Port of Gothenburg. Up to now, the port has lacked a dedicated terminal for transloading sawn timber products. The Port of Gothenburg has therefore invested in a completely new forest terminal that will be operated by the Gävle-based company Sören Thyr AB.

"We welcome Sören Thyr AB to Gothenburg. The company is well known in the industry. Thanks to this investment, more sawmills and paper mills throughout the world can make use of the port's worldwide service network," said Magnus Kårestedt, Port of Gothenburg Chief Executive.

Linked to the rail system

The new forest terminal is adjacent to the port's ro-ro and container terminals. Linked to the rail system, it can handle more than one million cubic metres of timber each year.

The terminal makes it possible for sawmills to send their timber by rail or road. On arrival in Gothenburg, the timber is loaded into the correct unit - a container or trailer for example - for onward shipment worldwide.

"We are extremely pleased that we have managed to establish operations at the largest port in the Nordic region. We know that many sawmills are interested in exporting via Gothenburg and thanks to the new terminal more mills now have the opportunity to do so," said Jörgen Thyr, CEO and son of the founder Sören Thyr.

Investment in the forest industry

The forest terminal is part of an ongoing investment to increase forest product volumes in Gothenburg. Other aspects include new rail solutions, plans for more weather-protected transloading terminals and a new collaborative venture between the Port of Gothenburg and a number of shipping companies* to market the range of shipping and peripheral services to the forest industry.

* Stena Line, DFDS Seaways, CLdN, MSC, SCI Freightman, ACL, Unifeeder and "K" Line.