The Alcoa smelters in Iceland’s Eastfjords signed an agreement with shipping company Eimskip today, which will organize all construction, service and transport at the harbor by the smelter in Reydarfjördur.
According to Morgunbladid, once this agreement has been put into effect, the Reydarfjördur harbor will be the largest in Iceland.
“The construction at the harbor is in our hands and once we finish, we estimate that we will have as many operations there [in Reydarfjördur] as in Sundahöfn harbor [in Reykjavík],” said Baldur Gudnason, CEO of Eimskip.
“We will be able to use the facilities for distributing products to and from north and east Iceland. Akureyri [in the north] is closer to Reydarfjördur than to Reykjavík,” Gudnason said.
“Extensive export will take place at this harbor compared to other harbors in the country […]. Alcoa will transport 1.3 million tons of aluminum a year through the harbor,” said Tómas Már Sigurdsson, CEO of Alcoa Fjardaál.
Currently Eimskip has about 40 employees in east Iceland, but when the operations at the harbor in Reydarfjördur begin, Eimskip will need at least 30 new employees.
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