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 will increase 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 is extending the quay at the Hopeakivi harbour area by 120 metres. The new quay will be built on a pile and pile-wall foundation, and the contract includes edge-beam casting, anchorings, rock waste back-filling, structural layers, pipe works and asphalting,” explains Project Manager Marko Saarelma.

Terramare started work on the quay at the port at the beginning of May, and the intention is to finish the work in December 2021, when widening dredging of the harbour basin, also included in the contract, will also be completed.

New generation – new tricks

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