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  • NEW RECORD FOR EXPORT OF SAWN TIMBER

    2017-12-15 The largest single load of sawn timber will be exported from the port of Umeå this week. A total of 45 000 m³ sawn timber is being loaded on m/v African Piper, destined for Alexandria in Egypt.
    The export of sawn timber from Umeå has increased 16 % during January-November this year compared to 2016, and the full-year growth will reach 20 %. Kvarken Ports expects the growth to continue the coming years.

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  • ABB IN COOPERATION WITH KVARKEN PORTS

    2017-12-15 The water area in the port can be used for more than ship mooring. ABB and the port in Vaasa has been cooperating for years, as the port offers test sites for shallow water testing of transformers.

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  • Birka Cruises to Vaasa

    2017-11-16 M/S Birka departs from Stockholm, on June 26th, towards a three day long cruise in the Gulf of Bothnia.The 1500 passengers on board will visit the High Coast/Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, Härnösand, and finally arrive at Vaasa on June 28th. 

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  • FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

    2017-09-06 Check out our presentation video, and other videos from the port of Vasa, on Kvarken Ports YouTube channel.You can also follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn!

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  • First vessel, with components to Finland's largest wind farm, unloaded

    2017-05-23 The first vessel, m/v Amke, with components to the Metsälä wind farm, was unloaded in Vaasa today. The Metsälä wind farm will consist of 34 turbines, becoming the largest wind turbine park in Finland.

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  • Kvarken Region Well Represented at Transport Logistic Fair

    2017-05-12 Kvarken Ports, Wasaline , NLC Vaasa and E12 Atlantica Transport project put up a joint appearance at Transport Logistic Fair in Munich, Germany on 9–12 May, 2017 in an island in the stand of Finnish ports. The four parties market cross-border cooperation, both the current results and future collaboration aspirations.

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  • Local Sawmill Industry Visiting Kvarken Ports Umeå

    2017-05-04 On May 3rd Kvarken Ports arranged a customer day for the local sawmills, bringing together the industry and the companies operating in the port.

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  • Welcome to visit us at Transport Logistic Munich!

    2017-04-12 Transport Logistic in Munich is the world’s biggest trade fair for logistics and supply chain management.

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  • Growth and Investments

    2017-03-20 The second operational year for Kvarken Ports is characterized by growth, stability and investments. The total amount of goods grew 5 %, and reached a total of 3,6 million tons.


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  • EnergyWeek 2017 is here!

    2017-03-14 Visit Kvarken Ports' stand on 21-23 March.

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  • Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    2016-12-20 This year we have donated the money reserved for christmas cards to the Red Cross international campaign "People in Need" and the "Christmas Spirit" campaign, which helps Finnish families in need.We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2017!

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  • New terminal in Vaasa

    2016-12-08 Logistics solution provider Backman-Trummer´s new cargo terminal in Vaasa was opened in September. The terminal is the latest investment among several others that increases the competitiveness of Kvarken Ports Vaasa. Other important investments that has been made are the purchase of two mobile cranes with lifting capacities of 100 tons each, the strenghtening of the Vaskiluoto bridge and the renovation of the rail road to the harbour.


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  • OUR NEW PORT HANDBOOK

    2016-10-14 Are you searching for information about our ports or do you have an interest in our operations? Please feel free to read our new Port Handbook!

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  • doubled container crane capacity

    2016-06-21 Kvarken Ports has invested 27 million SEK in a new mobile crane. The Terex Gottwald GHMK 6507, with a lifting capacity of 125 tons, has been in use since the beginning of June.


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  • WE are now on LinkedIn

    2016-05-23 Follow us and keep track of what’s happening in our ports.

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  • A SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR

    2016-04-18 The joint port company for Umeå and Vaasa, Kvarken Ports Ltd, presented good results, both financially and volume-wise, for it´s first operational year.


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  • Flags Raised in Celebration of Cross-Border Collaboration

    2016-02-16 Today, the Kvarken Council proudly raised Finland and Sweden’s flags outside the Council’s office in Pukinkulma, Vaasa. The Midway Alignment project reached an important milestone when the Finnish government’s Ministerial Committee for Economic Policy decided, at the last moment, to submit the project application to the EU.

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  • new marketing and sales manager

    2016-02-16 Bild på Markus Rönnblom M.A. Markus Rönnblom has been appointed Marketing and Sales Manager for Kvarken Ports Ltd, starting 1.1.2016

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  • Merry christmas from kvarken ports

    2015-12-22 This year we have donated the money reserved for Christmas Cards, to the Red Cross for people in need.Kvarken Ports wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2016!

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  • great Eu-interest for kvarken project 

    2015-09-15 José Anselmo EU Vaasa in Finland and Umeå in Sweden will host important visitors this week as Mr. Brian Simpson, European Coordinator for the Motorways of the Sea (MoS), and Mr. José Anselmo, TEN-T/MoS Policy Advisor, come to explore the results achieved in the first phase of the Midway Alignment of the Bothnian Corridor project, and to familiarize themselves with the know-how and the cooperation between the Vaasa and Umeå cross-border regions.Midway Alignment of the Bothnian Corridor, a joint project between the dynamic Vaasa and Umeå regions, aims at expanding transport cooperation between the regions and creating a sustainable foundation for a safe and environmentally friendly transport system for passengers and freight in the corridor. The first phase of this project will end on December 31, 2015, and the preparations for the next phase have been underway for some time now. A new, environmentally friendly, energy efficient, and reliable ferry for the route between Vaasa and Umeå will be an essential part of the second phase and, simultaneously, of the transport system in the Bothnian corridor.Visitors with Keen InterestMr. Simpson, Euro-MP in 1999-2004, was appointed the Coordinator of Motorways of the Sea last year.  He has shown a genuine interest in this transport project across the Kvarken and, in fact, it was he who suggested this visit.- It is great and, indeed, rare that high EU officials are so interested that they reserve four days in their busy schedules in order to familiarize themselves with our cross-border cooperation, transport project and innovations made by regional enterprises, says Director of the Kvarken Council and Project Manager of Midway Alignment.Familiarizing with the Project and the RegionMr. Anselmo will start the visit by meeting local politicians in Umeå on Monday September 14, and on Tuesday he will explore the accomplishments of the project’s first phase. Further, it will be a study  visit to Kvarken Ports Ltd, as well as Wasaline shipping company, which is owned jointly by the cities of Vaasa and Umeå. Both these enterprises are good examples of practical, hands-on cross-border cooperation across the Kvarken Strait.Mr. Simpson and Mr. Anselmo will arrive in Vaasa on Tuesday evening, September 15, and meet local politicians at a reception arranged by the City of Vaasa. On Wednesday they will take part in a workshop focusing on maritime innovations. In addition to local enterprises, the workshop will be attended by representatives from the Transport Agency, the Ministry of Transport and Communications as well as marine experts.
    REad more at the project web site

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  • Initial design for new Kvarken ferry presented

    2015-04-16 Since August 2014, Wärtsilä has been engaged in initial ship design for the project Midway Alignment of the Bothnian Corridor. The concept, outcome of the the first phase of the ship design process, the so-called Initial Design, has now been published. It covers the main features of the future vessel as well as the space allocation for all the functions that the ferry will be equipped with. Starting from this concept, the work will now focus on ship design in more detail, in a phase called Basic Design. The following phase will cover the competitive bidding for ship-building, and the final design will be carried out together with the shipyard which submits the winning tender.Mr. Tuomas Linna, project manager at Wärtsilä, leads the design team of the ferry intended for traffic across the Kvarken Strait. The design team cooperates closely with the client team that Midway Alignment has convened to advance the daily design work. This group includes representatives from Wasaline Shipping Company as well as experts from the maritime design companies Foreship and SSPA. Mr. Torvald Hvistendahl, Naval Architect at SSPA, coordinates the daily activities in the client team.Read more at the project website

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  • We have now launched Kvarken Ports

    2015-01-02 Yesterday, January 1, 2015, was the kickoff for the new company, Kvarkenhamnar AB – a joint company for the ports of Umeå and Vaasa. The company will be marketed under the name, Kvarken Ports Ltd. The expanded joint operations will contribute to enhancing the efficiency and strengthening the business development of the ports and strengthen the transport routes in the region.

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  • MATTI ESKO NEW CEO OF KVARKENHAMNAR

    2014-09-18 Matti Esko has been appointed CEO of the new company, Kvarkenhamnar AB. Esko was previously the Managing Director of the international transport company, Euroports Finland.Esko has extensive experience in the port and logistics sector and recognizes major potential in the new company.“I look forward to an exciting and challenging assignment, as we create a port company that transcends national borders. Our objective is that Kvarkenhamnar will become a leading port organization in terms of market position, quality, environment and development drive in the expanding trade between the Baltic countries. One of many key assignments will be to ensure continued stable and attractive ferry traffic between Umeå and Vaasa.

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  • JOINT PORT COMPANY UMEÅ–VAASA

    2014-06-16 The Municipal Council has approved the principles for Kvarkenhamnar AB, a company that will be owned by Umeå Kommunföretag (UKF) and the city of Vaasa. The decision also includes the allotment of SEK 15 million to UKF as the shareholders’ contribution for the formation of the company. Kvarkenhamnar will be formed through a limited liability company, which will be owned equally by UKF and the city of Vaasa. It is believed that this expanded collaboration will enhance the efficiency of and strengthen business development and lead to higher volumes of cargo and passengers across the Kvarken Strait.The new company will rent/lease the port facilities from the respective owners. It will involve land areas with associated buildings, waterways, docks, railway facilities and cranes.

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  • PRESS RELEASE City of Vaasa, March 19, 2014

    2014-03-19 A team comprising participants from Umeå and Vaasa has examined how the ports can be developed after the city of Vaasa is obligated to convert its port operation into a company by January 1, 2015 due to an amendment in the municipal legislation.Traditionally, transport routes in the Nordic region have been in a north to south direction. There are currently many reasons to believe that future transport routes are beginning to adopt a west to east direction. At EU level, various forms of collaboration have been established under such denominations as Midway Alignment of the Bothnian Corridor, Comprehensive Port and Ten T-network.

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