Vostochny Port expansion to be part of Vostochny-Nakhodka transportation hub project
JSC Vostochny Port on November 15 hosted a workshop of RosTransModernizatsiya, stevedores of Primorsky Krai, Far Eastern Railroad and local authorities. The meeting participants focused on the project of integrated development of transportation hub "Vostochny-Nakhodka," the Vostochny Port press release said.
One of the main urgent issues is the current traffic capacity of railways, access roads to the regional ports, which hampers the development of shipping, port industry, Rostransmodernizatsiya General Director Igor Freidin said.
In 2014, in the framework of the Federal target program "Development of Transport System of Russia," Vostochny Port will commence the construction of a new multipurpose cargo handling terminal of projected capacity of 20 million mt / year. But the experts believe the new facility construction, which is quite a good project itself, may bring about several problems for stevedores operating at the port, since the port lacks the necessary rail infrastructure, capable of delivering gondolas to the territory of the projected terminal.
Vostochny Port expansion strategy is aimed at boosting coal throughput from 17 to 27 million tons by 2017. With commissioning of the third phase of the Coal Terminal by 2019, the company plans to handle up to 35 mln tons of loose cargoes a year, the stevedore company managing director Anatoly Lazarev said. LLC Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company, operating a container terminal, also plans to boost container throughput from 550,000 TEUs up to 1,100,000 TEUs a year.
JSC Vostochny Port is the largest stevedore company in the Russian Far East operating in Vostocny port. The company specializes in handling of coal using the conveyor equipment. The company’s assets include a Specialized Coal Terminal and Universal Terminal (PPK-1) for handling general and bulk cargoes (coal, coke, clinker, iron ore, timber, etc.) as well as metals, pulp, aluminum, chemical, heavy-lift and oversized cargo. In 2011, the stevedore handled 16.5 million tons, a 12 percent gain year-on-year.