The renovation of Kaskinen-Seinäjoki railway track was to begin in 2011, but in 2012 the Finnish transport agency aborted the process of this planning which was a complete and unexpected turn-around action from the agency.
Immediately hereafter a large group including all stakeholder groups within the project have had several actions with the purpose to get the repair of the railway track back in process (incl. several seminars, visits to Minister of Transport Merja Kyllönen and a petition for the track at www.adressit.com).
The agency´s work plan for the renovation is however still up-to-date and can be put into operation whenever the financial situation improves.
One recent news is that Forest BTL is planning a bio fuel factory close to the port of Kaskinen.The factory — when and if operative — would increase the load factor on the railway three times and make the railway repair decision inevitable. Also bio goods terminals along the railway would be essential.
The port of Kaskinen has also estimated the possibilities of establishment of a goods delivery center to the port (act. 3.7.).
The port is an important export port in Finland for sawn wood, wood products, pulp and the biggest import
port of raw timber in the country. The port of Kaskinen handles around 300 ships a year and fullfills international and national regulations governing the security of ships and ports serving the ships. Port of Kaskinen has four port operators, each specialized on different operations.
Port of Kaskinen offers solutions meeting the logistics market´s special shipping and transportation needs and requirements. The port can handle quadruple volume growth without additional investment needs and it has TEN-T status as a part of the East-West transport corridor.
Also eg. the location and warehousing capacities speak for the fact that the consequences for establishment are good, certain boundary conditions can strenghten the future.
Port Captain Timo Onnela tel. +358 40 7265 740 e-mail: timo.onnela(at)kaskinen.fi