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Oiltanking forms partnership with Operail for chemical transport to Finnish terminals

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Oiltanking has announced the signing of a new partnership with Operail concerning the transport of chemicals on the Vainikkala-Kotka route. The partners agreed that Operail Finland Oy will be responsible for the safe, reliable and efficient rail transport of chemicals to Oiltanking’s terminal facilities in Kotka and other logistical services at the terminal.

The annual freight volume of the new cooperation is estimated to exceed 1 million t. Due to their proximity to the border, Oiltanking Finland’s terminal in Kotka and the facilities in Hamina are considered a gateway to and from Russia. They mainly serve as an important hub for Russian chemical flows; various products enter via rail, are stored in heatable and insulated tanks and forwarded via truck or vessels.

“With Oiltanking’s experience in providing safe, efficient and reliable services in the field of tank storage logistics and Operail’s track record in offering customised and flexible transport services to its clients, we look forward to building a successful long-term partnership,” commented Merja Porkka, Terminal Manager Mussalo, Oiltanking Finland Oy. “Over the past months, both teams have worked intensely to ensure a smooth transition of rail transport services to our new partner Operail without any disruption with our customers.”

“We are very pleased to be part of this exciting cooperation and to pursue our shared goal of growth,” added Tero Kähkönen, Operations Manager at Oiltanking Finland. “Both companies have placed great emphasis on ensuring that the highest safety and environmental standards for the transport of fuels and chemicals are met, and safety trainings and audits are regularly conducted.”

Paul Lukka, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Operail Finland and a member of the Management Board of Operail Group, called the partnership another significant milestone in the still short history of the Group’s Finnish operations. “We are moving forward with giant leaps in Finland and executing our strategy as planned. We are grateful to Oiltanking Finland for the trust they have placed in us, and we will do our best to meet their expectations.” said Lukka. Operail Finland, a subsidiary of the international transport and logistics company Operail, commenced operations in November last year.

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