Operator keeps ships in line
Port operator Hanna-Leena Koivuranta at the Port of Roytta in Tornio ensures that the six cargo liners time-chartered by Outokumpu operate as planned.
Hanna-Leena is responsible for operating the Outokumpu cargo liners and the management of contract and freight transport operations with her colleague. Every year, more than 500 cargo ships are operated via the Port of Roytta.
Port operators are an important link in the supply chain of Outokumpu's stainless steel products to customers and finishing plants in other countries. Mother coils and other stainless steel coils are transported the few minutes' journey from the mills to the port by cargo trucks. The load is then lifted to dock ramps and further to cargo liners by cranes.
"We make sure that our ships do not stand still but leave on time and a with full load," Hanna-Leena says. "The process flows well, thanks to our good cooperation with the mills, the port's clearing agents and stevedores."
Moving forward thanks to learning new things
"I appreciate that I learn a lot, all the time, in my job. Schedules are tight, and many factors influence them. If something goes wrong, a domino effect can set off a chain of long-lasting events. We must pay close attention to weather conditions as well. Recent winters have been bearable but, for instance in 2011, the thick ice cover hampered the cargo traffic for a long time."
The ships' loads are mostly mother coils which are shipped to Terneuzen, in the Netherlands, for further finishing. Space permitting, loads are complemented by customer deliveries to Europe, transit steel and ferrochrome.
"It typically takes 4–5 days until our cargo liners reach the Dutch shores. On their way back, the ships often carry scrap metal for steel raw material, or other steelmaking materials such as coke."
Hanna-Leena, a Bachelor of International Operations, started at Outokumpu in 2003.
"I started as a temporary export coordinator and moved on to many different positions in financial management. Now, since January 2017, I'm back in export and logistics. I've come a full circle, and the experience I have had in all different roles is now a great advantage to me. I have built a good network of people and deepened by knowledge about steelmaking and the steel industry in general."