Cargo shipments by North-Western Shipping Company up 16.5% to 4.26 mln t in 9M’16 (photo)
In January-September 2016 the volume of cargo carried by the vessels of North-Western Shipping Company (NWSC) (the company is a member of UCL Holding) totaled to 4.26 million tons, which is 16.5% higher than the volume carried over the same period last year, says the shipping company’s press center.
1.3 million tons (which equals to 30%) of the shipping overall was conducted by the new vessels of NWSC – 10 vessels of DCV36 project (lead ship – “Amethyst”) and 7 vessels of RSD49 “Neva-Leader” project.
The structure of shipping did not undergo any major changes. The following shipments were conducted by the vessels of NWSC: 1.3 million tons of grain cargo (+30%), 647 thousand tons of ferrous materials (-21%), 560 thousand tons of chemical and mineral fertilizers (-9%), 496 thousand tons of construction cargo (up 9 times), 402 thousand tons of coal (a twofold increase), 179 thousand tons of non-ferrous metals (+19%), 197 thousand tons of timber cargo (-25%), 134 thousand tons of scrap metal cargo (+14.5%), 345 thousand tons of other types of cargo.
The majority of shipping – some 3 million tons which equals to 70% - was formed by export cargo of the shipping company, its quantity growing by 21%. The majority of the exported range of items was formed by grain cargo – 1.2 million tons (+31%), ferrous materials – 595 thousand tons (-14%), coal – 375 thousand tons (a twofold increase), chemical and mineral fertilizers – 406 thousand tons (+64%), non-ferrous metals – 118 thousand tons (+87%).
The transportation between foreign ports equaling to 672 thousand tons which accounts for 16% of the overall volume, shrank by 31% for the most part at the expense of the major types of cargo of that sector – timber cargo, ferrous and non-ferrous metals and fertilizers. Meanwhile, grain exports surged almost 2-fold to 112,000 t.
The volume of import cargo shipping of the shipping company fell by 43% to 115 thousand tons, which was caused by the reduction of cargo traffic from the European countries to Russia. The import ratio in the general volume of traffic equaled to 2.7%.
The domestic intra-Russia shipping accounting for 11.3% of total volume and consisting for the most part of construction cargo shipping equaled to 481 thousand tons, up 34 times.
North-Western Shipping Company, part of VBTH, a shipping division of UCL Holding, is the largest carrier in the Russian system of waterways, specializing on the export and import shipping of bulk, general and project cargoes, towages of oversized cargo and craft. The company provides a full range of transport services on the inland waterways of Russia and international sea traffic.
The company operates a fleet of 46 river/sea class vessels, 10 sea class vessels and 3 Ro-Ro «river-sea» barges. Total deadweight of the Company's fleet is 277,000 tonnes with vessel average age of 15 years. The company transports about 5 mln t of cargo per year.
The Company is a part of VBTH – shipping division of Universal Cargo Logistics Holding, international transportation group consolidating a number of Russian railway, stevedoring and logistic companies (the majority stakeholder of VBTH). The division comprises North Western Shipping Company, V.F.Tanker, a number of shipbuilding and cruise assets.