Container traffic again on record level in Port of Rauma in 2014, but total traffic volume on a slight decrease

In 2014, a record number of 278 000 container units (TEU) were shipped through the Port of Rauma, which is 7.4 percent more than in 2013. The volume of container traffic was the highest ever, with an increase of ca. 19 000 container units over the previous record reached in 2013. Total traffic in the Port of Rauma amounted last year to 5.52 million tons,
showing a decrease 5.3 percent over 2013. The greatest reductions took place in the exportation of pulp and paper, and in the importation of round wood and china clay. The export volumes of grain and sawn goods as well as the importation of liquids, on the other hand, were on the increase.

A total of 1117 vessels (-7.1%) with a total net tonnage of 5.0 million tons (-1.8%) called at the Port in 2014. Exports accounted for 3.88 million tons (-2.1%) of port traffic, imports for
1.58 million tons (-12.2%) and domestic shipments for 0.06 million tons (+66.1%).

"Traffic volumes in the port were on quite nice levels until late summer, but the rapid downfall of the general economic climate in the autumn was also reflected in shipments. The bad news received from the paper industry will influence the development of port traffic in the future", explains Mr. Hannu Asumalahti. "It would appear that transport volumes will in 2015 not quite reach the level of 2014. However, the outlook remains positive for container traffic. The Port Company is preparing for this by starting container terminal investments as soon as the permits and licences become legally valid. The competitiveness of the Port of Rauma will be further enhanced by the project for the deepening of the fairway, which will be carried out in cooperation with the Finnish Transport Agency. The project is expected to start in 2016."

For more information, please contact Mr. Hannu Asumalahti, CEO, telephone +358 (0) 50-303 9700.