March 11, 2020
DAILY BRIEF: Icebreakers and industry
Finland's icebreaker fleet is in need of an update.
All the daily Finnish business news that works: Kalmar, Outotec, and Finnish icebreakers make headlines.
Kalmar improves cargo-handling at a Belgian river terminal, Outotec wins an order for an alumina refinery expansion in India, and Finland and Sweden agree on a design project for the next generation of icebreakers.
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will supply Belgian operator Delca Logistics (Delca) with a Super Gloria reachstacker with a lifting capacity of 45 tonnes. Super Gloria is the largest reachstacker in Kalmar’s product range, and it will improve cargo-handling capabilities at Delca’s river terminal in Wielsbeke, located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. Kalmar has previously supplied three Gloria reachstackers to the terminal operator.
Finnish company Outotec will deliver technology and services to National Aluminium Company (NALCO) for its alumina refinery expansion project in in Damanjodi, Odisha, India. The order is worth approximately 15 million euros and covers the engineering of two alumina calciners and hydrate filtration plants, supply of key equipment, as well as advisory services for installation and commissioning. The plants will increase the refinery’s annual alumina production by one million tonnes. The deliveries are set to take place in 2021.
A co-operation agreement for the design of next-generation icebreakers has been signed between the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (FTIA) and the Swedish Maritime Administration (Sjöfartsverket). The agreement covers the design of two icebreakers for Finland and three for Sweden but not the possible construction. The icebreakers are needed to enable winter navigation in Finnish and Swedish ports, which is critical as a very high percentage of the countries’ exports are transported by sea.
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