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Ahoy, World Trade!

The world population is growing – and with it the hunger for grain, of which millions of tonnes are produced and traded every year. One of the hubs for this international trade is to be the new grain terminal at Rostock port, where there is plenty of Seppeler contained in it.

8.4 billion – that will be the number of people living on Earth in 2030, according to estimates by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). One of the cornerstones of their diet is wheat, the most important cereal in the world with a crop area of 217 million hectares – followed by maize, rice and barley. In their "Agricultural Outlook 2019-2028," both organisations forecast an increase in wheat consumption of 93 million tonnes over the next ten years. This is a major challenge for the agricultural industry – not only in terms of cultivation, but also in terms of trade.

The companies Beiselen, Trede & von Pein, Rudolf Peters Landhandel and J. Stöfen have therefore built a new grain terminal at Rostock port, which is to become one of the largest export facilities in Europe. 18 silos with a storage capacity of 160,000 tonnes, grain reception facilities for rail and trucks, control room and machine tower, loading with conveyor belt bridge, a workshop as well as laboratories and offices are being built on an area of five hectares. The complex is state of the art and is being erected on 100 tonnes of steel components galvanized by us.

The project ran for more than a year
"In July 2017, we met with the production manager of our customer, the mill and silo building company Franz Ruberg & Co, to determine the key data for the project," reports Alexander Köster, Sales Feuerverzinkung & Pulverbeschichtung (Hot Dip Galvanizing & Powder Coating) at Helling & Neuhaus. "In August 2017 we started galvanizing the first parts – the period for this extended over more than a year.” All parts galvanized by us were also given Zinklar passivation, which protects against white rust and ensures that the shine is retained for longer. These components are mainly installed in conveyor technology and elevators, which are conveyor systems that are particularly suitable for material transport in a vertical direction. They are used frequently to transport material to and from mines, power stations or storage areas.

Requirements met with pinpoint accuracy
"The handling of the elevator tubes was not easy in the galvanizing process due to their large diameter. But the real challenge for us was in the logistics. We had an extremely tight schedule," says Köster. Michael Wolf, managing director and head of sales at Ruberg, also remembers: "We informed Seppeler when they could pick up our components and always got the galvanized goods back just in time, so that they could be sent on to the construction site quickly. 100 percent on schedule and always in the highest quality."

Helling & Neuhaus adapted its work exactly to Ruberg's requirements for this challenge. This was not a problem as the business relationship between the two companies extends over for many years – they know they can rely on each other. "We are more than satisfied with the cooperation," says Wolf, for whom the job from Rostock is a real major project, because further construction phases are still to come.
At the moment, a rail reception area is being built and the last four of the 18 silos are being installed. In addition, a warehouse with a volume of 70,000 cubic metres is planned for the second half of 2020. Parts of the terminal have already been put into operation and the operators have so far reported their first million tonnes of grain loaded at the beginning of April. The ship for this milestone: the MV Roztocze, which was loaded with barley for Morocco. It was one of 55 ships that set sail in the first 15 months of operation to supply people in no less than 15 countries with grain.

320 million
The soon to be 18 silos have a storage capacity of 160,000 tonnes of grain. This is the equivalent of 320 million loaves of bread.

Export hit
World trade in wheat alone is expected to grow to a volume of almost 204 million tonnes in 2028. Source: OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2019-2028

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