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Published: 9 January 2018      

Kiel deeper in the forest

The Port of Kiel has inaugurated another warehouse for Russian forestry products at its Ostuferhafen facility

The new Shed No. 12 was built inside just six months and represents an investment of €1.5M. Dr Dirk Claus, Managing Director of Seehafen Kiel GmbH & Co KG, said: “We are investing in our trade relations with Russia and want to further cement our co-operative partnership with Jacob Jürgensen Wood GmbH.”

Jacob Jürgensen Wood is a Hamburg-based trading company that has signed a long-term rental contract for Shed 12 with the port. “We have been working with the Port of Kiel for several decades and look forward to this extending our co-operation,” said Rolf von Loßberg, the company's Managing Director. “We value highly the service that the port of Kiel is able to offer us. Smooth processing and flexible support are two reasons why, at present, we strongly favour Kiel as a Baltic port."

Shed No 12 is directly adjacent to the berth for Russia ferries in the Ostuferhafen and weather-sensitive forestry products can be brought under cover quickly and stored in dry conditions. Jacob Jürgensen's timber business has shown very strong growth in the last few years and a large part of that growth has been generated by Russian timber products. The firm is one of the biggest importers of Siberian larch in Europe and its co-operation now with the port of Kiel contributes to the stable and reliable supply of timber raw materials to European industrial and commercial clients.

The new facility has a footprint of 5,000 m², being 100m long and 50m wide and it has a ridge height of 10m. Last year more than 82,000 m³ of sawn timber products were imported from Russia via Kiel and stored in the Ostuferhafen, an increase of 38% over the previous year.

“Growth in the Ostuferhafen is directly related to our investment in the expansion of warehouse space,” said Dirk Claus.

In just three years, available shed area has been almost tripled to 85,000 m², of which 20,000 m² is available for Russian forestry products. Incoming sawn timber is stored for many months in Kiel before being moved on as required for finishing in Germany, Italy, Spain and Portuga. In addition, some deep sea containers are occasionally packed in the Ostuferhafen for destinations in Australia, New Zealand and South America.

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