Operail Finland, a subsidiary of the Estonian state-owned freight operator, has launched a dry bulk freight service for Finnish port operator Rauanheimo.
“International expansion is an integral part of our growth strategy and we are delighted to take the next step towards greater goals by starting operations in Finland. This is the moment we have been eagerly waiting for,” said Mr Paul Lukka, chairman of Operail Finland and a member of the management board of Operail Group. “We are now present in Finland and our aim is to secure our position in the market. We already have new plans in place, and we will be happy to share them with the public when the time is right.”
Operail will be providing railway-hauling services for Rauanheimo from the boarder station Vainikkala to the port of Koverhar in Hanko. Joakim Laxåback, managing director of the leading port operator Rauanheimo in Finland said:“It is good that there is interest in the transport market in Finland and that new establishment is taking place. Operail will certainly perform well and perfectly complement VR Transpoint’s existing efficient service.
“Finland is at a long distance from the real world market and it is extremely important that we further strengthen logistics and are cost-effective. These two railway operators, which are in a constant phase of development within their own niche areas, strengthen trade in Finland and our competitiveness on the world market.
“We see substantial volumes for dry bulk transported by rail on the Vainikkala-Koverhar route and in the long term a growing need for rail transport in the whole country, both in terms of domestic loads and transit.”