Trial connections of stacker and reclaimer mechanisms successfully completed at Phase III of Vostochny Port's coal terminal (photo)
Vostochny Port JSC, Russia’s largest dedicated coal port (run by Port Management Company, PMC LLC) says it has successfully completed the trial connections of the stacker and reclaimer mechanisms at the Third Phase of the Specialized Coal Handling Complex . Engineers from the Japanese company “Mitsui Miike Machinery” – the manufacturer of the equipment – arrived in “Vostochny Port” for the supervised installation and test runs. According to a favorable conclusion of the experts, the stackers and reclaimers are ready for operation.
The maintenance staff powered each of the six warehouse machines of the Third Phase under construction (2 stackers and 4 reclaimers) to adjust the assembled equipment and to check the mechanisms for serviceability. Until completion of the normal power grids at the terminal, the special machinery is powered by a 520 kVA diesel generator sufficient for a single testing of one mechanism of each machine. Startup and adjustment operations will be performed on a full scale upon the commissioning of a substation “Ugolnaya-2” intended for powering the Third Phase.
During the individual tests, the equipment was checked for correct response: stacker and reclaimer boom swing, lifting and lowering; stacker boom conveyor operation, reclaimer bucket wheel rotation.
“All the units of the special machinery were tested during the trials. We checked the engineering part, inspected electronic devices in the machines and paid attention even to minor factors, which may affect the effective operation. Working conditions of the stacker and reclaimer operators were also tested. A comfortable working place is fitted with a heat insulation system, a ventilation system, an air conditioner, a soft rotating chair and a panoramic windshield. The warehouse special machinery of the Third Phase is equipped with high precision electronic devices for effective coordination of the machinery operation. Japanese experts provided a positive conclusion on the test results. The stackers and the reclaimers are ready for operation”, mentioned Vyacheslav Nalobin, the head of the construction site directorate of JSC “Vostochny Port”.
Assembly, startup and adjustment of the equipment are performed in cooperation with Japanese experts according to the Memorandum signed in early September. Within the framework of the Eastern Economic Forum, “Managing Port Company”, “Vostochny Port” and “Marubeni Corporation” (Japan) agreed on joint introduction of advanced technology in the sphere of environmental safety of the production processes.
Vgrangel, Primorsky Krai based Vostochny Port JSC is Russia's largest dedicated open access coal port using covered stations for unloading and transfer of coal, conveyor equipment, rotary car dumpers, shiploaders and the second-to-none system of multi-stage magnetic coal separation. The port handles coal mined and exported by Russian coal companies. In 2016 coal throughput at the terminal reached 23.5 million tonnes, a fifth of all coal exports from Russia's seaports and about 30% of coal transshipment in the ports of the Far Eastern basin.
Since the port construction completion 390 million tonnes of coal have been exported through the facility and 6.6 million rail cars have been handled, 28,000 vessels have been received at the port berths. Over the past ten years, JSC Vostochny Port has shipped more than 200 million tonnes of coal, an all-time record among all Russian coal ports.
Vostochny Port JSC is a free access terminal, open to all coal producers. The enterprise's main objective is the increase in coal throughput and the best quality of cargo handling services: ensuring an uninterrupted supply chain and loading the commodity to the most efficient types of vessels for the formation of new supply routes.
Vostochny Port JSC LLC is implementing an ambitious investment project on construction of the coal terminal’s Phase 3 including the construction of the federal railway infrastructure. New terminal facilities will be put into operation in 2017 allowing for port capacity to reach 39 mln t in 2019. The coal will be delivered from Kuzbass and other coal fields of Russia. A sole executive body of Vostochny Port JSC is Port Management Company LLC.
Port Management Company LLC is Russia's major coal port holding that exercises the powers of a single executive body of largest dedicated coal ports based in the Baltic Sea region (Rosterminalugol JSC, Ust-Luga, Leningrad Region) and in the Far East (Vostochny Port JSC, Wrangel Bay, Primorsky Territory).Total coal throughput by the 2016 year-end results of the holding's stevedoring companies reached 41.5 million tonnes, which is more than one third of all seaborne coal exports from Russia. The commodity is exported to more than 30 countries in Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. By 2019, according to PMC' estimates the total annual coal throughput across marine coal terminals will increase to 56.5 million tonnes.
The PMC LLC was founded in 2008. Since then coal volumes handled at Vostochny Port leaped by more than 60%, and in 2016 totaled 23.5 million tonnes. Between 2010 and 2017, the PMC Holding implemented a program of production optimization, handling equipment modernization and upgrade.
In 2016, another stevedoring company JSC Rosterminalugol became member of the PMC Holding. Following the 2016 year-end results coal volumes at Rosterminalugol terminal reached a record high of 18.1 million tonnes.
Dedicated coal ports of the holding, Vostochny Port and Rosterminalugol, are fitted with the cutting-edge equipment for closed transshipment of coal.
A specific feature of the holding’s activities is the search and introduction of the best technologies available to increase coal transshipment and improve environmental safety. The ports boast the world’s best equipment, unique import substitution technologies and self-engineered products.