Vostochny Port puts into operation new railcar dumper at its coal terminal’s Phase 3
AO Vostochny Port, operator of Russia’s largest dedicated coal port (run by Port Management Company, PMC LLC) announced the ceremonial launching of the new tandem-type railcar dumper as part of its coal terminal’s Phase 3. The operation was kicked off by RF Transport Minister Yevgeny Ditrikh at the IV Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.
The new equipment will be used for environmentally safe unloading of coal. The facility consists of two railcar dumpers for simultaneous unloading of four open-top railcars with total capacity of up to 300 tonnes. Unloading takes 2.5 minutes.
“It is already possible to unload more than 1,400 railcars per day at the closed railcar dumping facility. High speed of railcars handling ensures optimization of the entire process of transportation by the network of Russian Railways and contributes to building up trade with coal consumers in APR countries as part of Russia’s export potential implementation”, emphasized Irina Olkhovskaya.
The equipment was supplied and installed by Marubeni Corporation (Japan) under the trilateral memorandum. The cost of 2 railcar dumpers exceeds USD 7 million.
Phase 3 of AO Vostochny Port’s coal terminal is the largest investment project in the port segment of the Far East. It is being implemented through public private partnership without involving state financing. Total investments exceed RUB 32 billion including RUB 4.7 billion earmarked for the development of federal railway infrastructure.
When the facilities of Phase 3 are put into operation, throughput of AO Vostochny Port will increase from 25 to 45 million tonnes of coal. The coal will be delivered from Kuzbass, Khakassia, Yakutia and other coal fields of Russia.
Vgrangel, Primorsky Territory based Vostochny Port 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 2017 coal throughput at the terminal reached 23.2 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.
AO Vostochny Port 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 is implementing an ambitious investment project on construction of the coal terminal’s Phase 3 including the construction of the federal railway infrastructure. Vostochny Port’s Phase 3 facilities will be put into operation in 2018 allowing for port capacity to reach 39-40 mln t in 2019. The coal will be delivered from Kuzbass and other coal fields of Russia. Vostochny Port’s Phase 3 is the largest private port investment project in the Far East of Russia. The total amount of investments of the port holding company represents more than 32 billion rubles.
In 2017, Vostochny Port fulfilled the plan for January-December having handled 23.2 million tonnes of premium quality coal. In the 12-months period Vostochny Port handled more than 317,000 gondola car and loaded 539 vessels. In October the company achieved another record with average daily handling of 67,000 tonnes. On October 16, Vostochny Port loaded 83,800 tonnes of coal to the bulk carrier FPMC B108 bound for Taiwan. It took 30 hours to load the ship. In November, Vostochny Port celebrated the 400-millionth tonne from the date of its foundation. The milestone tonne was loaded onto the MBA GIOVANNI.
A sole executive body of Vostochny Port is OOO Port Management Company. Port Management Company 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). In 2017, total coal throughput of the holding's stevedoring companies reached 48.2 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.
Port Management Company's specialised coal terminals Vostochny Port and Rosterminalugol are fitted with the cutting-edge equipment for indoor 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.