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2018 November 7 13:52

North-Western Shipping Company delivers oversize equipment to Omsk Refinery

Between June and October 2018, Volgo-Baltic Logistic (VBL), a subsidiary of North-Western Shipping Company (NWSC, part of UCL Holding), performed a unique transportation of oversize equipment intended for modernization of Gazpromneft’s Omsk Refinery. The operation is a part of a long-term project launched in 2016, NWSC says in a press release.

It took VBL several months to prepare the delivery of equipment to the customer. The phase of project documentation development included careful elaboration of the entire scheme of cargo delivery by ATB units to a dedicated RO-RO berth of Omsk Refinery.

The first batch of equipment consisting of 19 units (separators, heaters, columns) intended for processing of hydrocarbons and weighing over 850 tonnes was delivered in August from several European ports. A large crane ship delivered the equipment to the anchorage of Novy Port (in the Gulf of Ob on the Northern Sea Route). The second batch of similar equipment (37 units) weighing more than 1,000 tonnes was delivered in September by a Chinese carrier.

A hard and demanding operation on direct transshipment of heavy cargo from two crane ships to eight barges was performed at the Novy Port anchorage under the supervision of VBL project managers and representatives of engineering companies. Total weight of transshipped equipment is 1,900 tonnes. 

VBL managers had developed an individual design of equipment fastening to each barge. An optimal layout for barges interchange alongside the crane ships had been developed together with the barges’ masters. This time, it took no more than half an hour for a loaded barge to be replaced with the next one versus up to five hours needed earlier.

Having delivered expensive equipment with strict observance of contract dates and with due quality, Volgo-Baltic Logistic has once again confirmed its status of a reliable partner as well as its leadership in the Russian market of large project cargo deliveries by water transport.

North-Western Shipping Company PJSC, is the largest carrier in the Russian system of waterways, specializing in export/import shipping of bulk, general and project cargoes, towage of oversized cargo and crafts. The company operates a fleet of 47 river/sea class vessels, 10 sea class vessels and 3 Ro-Ro barges of river/sea class. Total deadweight of the Company's fleet is 288,000 tonnes. About 60% of the fleet was built between 2002 and 2013. Average age of the company’s fleet is 17.5 y.o. The company transports about 5 million tonnes of cargo per year.

Throughout the decades, the shipping company has accumulated an extensive experience in transportation of oversize/overweight equipment for manufactures of Russia and neighboring countries. NWSC subsidiary, VBL, is the leader in this transportation market being one of few companies able to perform unique deliveries by the Northern Sea Route to the ports of Western Siberia.

NWSC is part of VBTH, a shipping division of the international transport group UCL Holding that consolidates several Russian shipping, railway, stevedore and logistics companies. The division also comprises Volga Shipping Company, V.F.Tanker and a number of shipbuilding assets.