Operations in Backman-Trummer’s new unit goods terminal at Vikby, Korsholm began at the end of March. The terminal provides the company’s road and air cargo operations – which are now concentrated entirely at Vikby – with more than 1000 sq. m. of modern facilities. The move to Vikby will also benefit Backman-Trummer’s sea cargo and 3P storage services; these will continue at Vaskiluoto, where they will now have extra space at their disposal.
Backman-Trummer acquired the Vikby terminal in the spring of 2013. Before opening, the premises underwent a thorough renovation that included expansion of office and terminal facilities, renewal of energy supply systems and construction of ten loading bays adjacent to the terminal. Security at the building was also improved.
“The premises meet AEO norms and the requirements of Trafi, the Finnish Traffic Safety Agency. Employees need a permit for access to the building and visitors must register. Video recorder surveillance installed in both the terminal area and building also covers all cargo handling from beginning to end,” explains Bernt Björkholm, director for cargo operations at Backman-Trummer.
According to Björkholm, the location of the terminal at the junction of the major highways leading west and south from Vaasa is the best possible.
“You save around half an hour in transport time when cargo heading for the ports of southern Finland does not have to go through the centre of Vaasa to and from Vaskiluoto,” he adds.
“The location is also ideal in view of future road links in the region because the planned routes of the future Vaasa bypass and the new harbour highway go past the area,” Björkholm states.