Narvik is LKAB's biggest harbour, and has a loading capacity of up to 20 million tons iron ore per year. The harbour in Narvik is ice free, and the harbour basin and the fjord surrounding Narvik has a lot of space to offer the big ore ships arriving Narvik the whole year through.
The Sila facilityThe latest years, up to 2011, LKAB has invested 20 billion SEK in an efficient 650 meters long, eco-friendly, automated unloading station. The facilty has 12 gigantic deep storage silos blasted in the mountain side, each with a depth of 60 meters. They are run by advanced automation and the specially designed ore wagons can be unloaded in just five seconds. This meanas that an ore train consisting of 68 wagons can be unloaded in 6 short minutes. And below the silos there are tunnels which are in total 2,8 km long, with conveyors for the for iron ore. The iron ore shipsThe ships arriving the harbour to transport the iron ore out in to the world, vary in size, but the average is a tonnage of 75.000 and they are about 200 meters long. In November 2012 Qing May visited Narvik, she had a tonnage of 206.000 and was loaded with 195.000 tons of iron ore pellets. She then left the city heading for Abu Dhabi with a crew of 25. Qing May is 300 meters long with a width of 50 meters.The biggest ship ever to visit Narvik, is the World Gala. In 1979 she came and loaded a total of 242.000 tons!
Last updated: 08/14/2023
Source: Visit Narvik AS