A vast amount of wood

Huge quantities of timber felled by the Winter storm "Kyrill" are being transhipped and stored in the Port of Duisburg / An innovative logistics concept solves foresters' problems

Duisburg, (PresseBox) - 60,000 tons of wood have already been loaded onto ships in the logport logistics centre in Duisburg since March 2007. The trees were victims of the storm "Kyrill" which swept through Germany in January 2007. In addition, 65,000 tons of wood have since been held in wet storage in Duisburg Port for Stora Enso, a Finnish paper manufacturer.

The violent storm, which in places cut down complete forests, raged throughout Germany in the night from 18th to 19th January, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) was particularly hard hit. Eckhard Uhlenberg, the state's Environment Minister, reviewed the situation in October 2007: "Kyrill tore down more than 25 m trees in NRW, that amounts to around 15 m cubic metres of solid wood. Two thirds of these had already been transported away from the forests by the start of October; the rest will follow by mid-2008."

Duisburg Port has made a significant contribution to managing the devastation caused by the storm by providing suitable space in the logport logistics centre at short notice and without complications, as Duisburger Hafen AG’s Chief Executive Officer Erich Staake explains: "Following inquiries from the NRW State Forestry Office, we immediately organised facilities tens of thousands of square metres in size to enable the vast quantities of wood to be loaded and stored in Duisburg."

Inauguration of a "Sauerland Express"

The massive quantities of wood needed to be transported away from the forests as quickly as possible because Summer was rapidly approaching, bringing with it the bark beetles much feared by the foresters. The GUD Gesellschaft für Umweltdienste company based in the logport logistics centre took the initiative and invested in appropriate handling and transport equipment. The company's core business is actually transhipping substitute fuels, clarified slurry and biomass for the cement industry and power stations. A "Sauerland Express" running several times per day was inaugurated especially to transport the mass of timber from the Sauerland and Siegerland regions to Duisburg.

Throughout Europe by ship The wood travelled by various routes in NRW. Up to 200,000 tons are handled in Duisburg, whereby a third of this amount is being stored in the port for Stora Enso, a Finnish paper manufacturer, up to the end of 2008. The main advantage of involving the logport logistics centre in the chain of transport is explained by Erich Staake: "The multifarious freight routes in Duisburg enable trimodal transports throughout Europe and even further a field – these include environmentally-friendly freighting by ship. This saves thousands of truck journeys right across Europe."

At present, some three complete shiploads of Kyrill wood leave Duisburg Port each week. It sets off from here via inland waterways, for example, down to the Black Forest and into Austria; or the wood travels by motorised coastal vessels as far away as Finland and Latvia. The background to this is that the storm made the price of wood cheaper, making it possible to export it even to these countries – at least some consolation for the timber industry in North Rhine-Westphalia.

You will find pictures under www.duisport.com in our photoarchive, cathegorie "logport I" (pictures No 801, 802, 803).

Duisburger Hafen AG

Duisburger Hafen AG owns and operates the Port of Duisburg, the world’s largest inland port, on the confluence of the Ruhr and the Rhine. The duisport Group offers the complete infrastructure needed for port and logistics operations including a full-service investor support package. It also provides a wide range of logistics services which back up the portfolio of Port customers including packing logistics.

Rhein-Ruhr Collin KG is a HVAC (heating, ventilating and air-conditioning) as well as plumbing and electrical installation product reseller. Outside its main facilities at its headquarters in Duisburg, the company operates 33 pick-up warehouses managed by four Collin companies. Rhein-Ruhr Collin KG is a member of the GC Group which is an initiative of over 80 medium-sized companies.

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