Long-term development of port of kokkola continues

New quay berth for Hopeakivi harbour during autumn 2021.

Kokkola’s Hopeakivi is a busy harbour, specialising in handling containers and light bulk goods. Due to increased shipping traffic, the port is investing in extending the Hopeakivi quay by 120 metres.

Extending the quay increases port capacity

The Port of Kokkola is Finland’s third largest general port in terms of traffic volumes, with just over 8 million tonnes of cargo passing through it each year. Due to its strategic location, the port plays an important role: it provides a high-speed rail link for Russian freight transports and onward to the rest of the world.

“Terramare extended the quay at the Hopeakivi harbour area by 120 metres. The new quay was built on a pile and pile-wall foundation, and the contract included edge-beam casting, anchorings, rock waste back-filling, structural layers, pipe works, asphalting as well as widening dredging of the harbour basin”, explains Project Manager Marko Saarelma.

Terramare started work on the quay at the port at the beginning of May, and the quay was completed and handed over to the client at the beginning of January 2022.

New generation – new tricks

“It’s was a pleasure to be in Kokkola again, building a now-familiar quay solution. Last time, in 2009, we extended the quays on the side of the harbour basin,” says Project Manager Marko Saarelma.

“This time, a new generation was in charge of the construction, following the retirement of the previous team. With the new generation, operating models had also evolved: we had invested in a large hydraulic vibrator, which was ideal for piling the soil in the Hopeakivi area, enhancing operations. Both nature and neighbours benefited, as using the vibrator was quieter than traditional piling,” says Saarelma with a smile.