Bulk handling expertise

Port of Grenaa expands its expertise within bulk

In close collaboration with its customers, Port of Grenaa plays an active role within the bulk field.

Port of Grenaa is very good at handling large bulk orders. But that is not enough for the large commercial port right on the ‘nose’ of Jutland – right by the Kattegat in the middle of Denmark.

“Bulk cargo is always part of a bigger logistics task where many factors must come together to solve the job in an optimal way. For us here at Port of Grenaa, the most important thing is of course to get the actual cargo off the quay here in Grenaa – but we would like to play a bigger part in the overall job, whenever it seems natural,” says Theis Gisselbæk, business developer at Port of Grenaa.

Port of Grenaa enjoys a wide range of benefits as a commercial port. The most central deep water port in Denmark is placed beneficially close to international sailing routes in the Kattegat, and a water depth of up to 11 metres are just some of the most important benefits.

“Besides the natural benefits, we construct new ones all the time. We believe that it is important to constantly develop our expertise in collaboration between the port and our customers. Port of Grenaa is known for being very flexible. We are a small and very dedicated organisation that can adapt and comply quickly to solve current jobs. Furthermore, we continuously invest in the facilities that are necessary if we want to be more than just a port that can receive and ship bulk cargo. We see Port of Grenaa as being an actively contributing collaborator for customers that need to solve a more complex logistics job,” says Theis Gisselbæk.

Big investments

Significant investments in equipment, warehouses, and large base areas around the port during the last few years have broadened the range of services that Port of Grenaa can offer its customers in the bulk segment. Warehouses and large areas of land enable Port of Grenaa to offer storage of cargo that might need to be redistributed over a period of time.

“We want to invest time and effort in becoming even better within this field. That is why we are adding a learning process to the jobs we solve, in order to gather experience that can be used for jobs later on,” says Theis Gisselbæk. “This happens in close dialogue with our customers who appreciate that we, as a port, actively step in and relate to the overall transport job.”

Increasing activity

The bulk segment is part of Port of Grenaa’s strategic plan for the development of the port’s activities, and Port of Grenaa has started to reap the benefits of the investments that have been made. During the summer, Port of Grenaa has been a pivotal element in the refurbishment of 20 kilometres of railway track on Grenaabanen between Aarhus and Grenaa.

The Port in Grenaa has received approximately 30,000 tons of granite body to be put on the new tracks. The granite arrived in several orders by ship from Norway, and had to be distributed from Port of Grenaa to the building sites that the contractor had built along the 20 kilometre long stretch that was getting new tracks. Port of Grenaa arranged contact to a local carrier who was in charge of the distribution of the many tons of granite. The vehicles then brought back surplus soil from the track refurbishment to Port of Grenaa that must stock 20,000 tons of soil for a possible later expansion of the port.

“The replacement of the tracks was performed to a very tight schedule with delivery in seven stages. For this, the flexibility of the port was important, as well as the carrier’s local knowledge which was obviously of crucial importance for the logistics to all come together,” says Theis Gisselbæk.

Biomass centre

Port of Grenaa has also started a new activity within biomass. The company Bioman has bought two of Port of Grenaa’s tank yards and wants to use them for, among other things, storage of biomass for Danish biogas plants in the future. The sale of the tank yards is a consequence of Port of Grenaa’s strategy for the coming years of development. 

At the same time, Bioman will move the company’s headquarters to Grenaa where administration will also be housed in the future.

”It will get even bigger”

The biomass that comes in via the Port in Grenaa is to be used as, among other things, an addition to the biogas production to boost the process and optimise the quality of the fertiliser product that is left over after gasification.

The biggest part by far of this specific biomass is imported from other countries, and for Bioman, sending the fairly big loads by sea is an obvious solution. The two tank yards at Port of Grenaa increase Bioman’s storage capacity by 32,000 tons spread across 18 tanks. From the port, the biomass is taken by lorry to a range of biogas plants. It is expected that 50,000 tons of biomass will come in yearly via the quay in Port of Grenaa. 

“In this case, the customer has also indicated that the choice of Grenaa is due to a mix of location and our great flexibility. This proves that with a dynamic focus on the bulk area, we are onto something that can grow even bigger,” says Theis Gisselbæk. He adds that Port of Grenaa in general sees more interesting requests regarding new bio products that fit in well with the type of cargo that is handled at Port of Grenaa otherwise.