German port receives 20,000-ton wood pellet transshipment

By Anna Simet | December 10, 2012

A vessel with nearly 20,000 metric tons of wood pellets was discharged at Wismar seaport the week of Dec. 3, according to wood pellet manufacturer German Pellets.

The port of Wismar is becoming a significant place for German Pellet transshipments, which is located at the site. '”In view of the increasing demand for wood pellets across Europe we have intensified our commercial activities,” said company spokeswoman Claudia Röhr. German Pellets is currently preparing for construction of a storage shed for wood pellets on the port territory, along with Seehafen Wismar GmbH. It is planned to be built in the spring of 2013.

The most recent shipment at Wismar was the first time that a wood pellet freighter of this size was received there, according to German pellets. The pellets came from a plant on the east Canadian coast, and are being stored temporarily in Wismar before being sold to customers in Europe.

German Pellets reported that it is currently building a pellet plant in Texas. From there, the Wismar-based company plans to deliver wood pellets to the European power station market from the spring of 2013. The company intends to build additional plants in North America, and is constructing a transshipment facility for shipping to Europe in the deepwater port Port Arthur/Texas at the Gulf of Mexico.