Coal exports through Rosterminalugol port reach 14 million tonnes
JSC Rosterminalugol, the largest in Russia's northwest region dedicated coal port (part of Russia’s major coal port holding Port Management Company LLC) on August 7, 2017 marked yet another milestone: the terminal loaded its 14-millionth tonne year-to-date, the stevedoring company said.
In the same period a year earlier the facility handled 9.99 million tonnes, and the same volume (14 million tonnes) was handled on October 17, 2016.
The 14-millionth tonne of coal was loaded onto PostPanamax bulk cargo carrier Rixta Oldendorff, the 204th vessel since January. The ship took on board 112,800 tonnes.
In July average coal cargo per vessel was 72,151 tonnes and the maximum coal loading performance reached 54,405 tonnes per 12-hour shift.
Thanks to smooth operation of the terminal crew in July 2017 year 31 vessels were handled at the berths of Rosterminalugol, or one ship per month.
Rosterminalugol JSC (port Ust-Luga, Leningrad Region) is the largest dedicated coal terminal in the North-West region of Russia. The terminal built with the application of the innovative technologies is intended to supply Russian coal produced in Kuzbass and other coal fields to the customers in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Latin America. The terminal was founded in 1996 under the programme on establishment of a commercial seaport in Ust-Luga. Phase II of the port – automated transshipment facility – was put into operation in 2006 in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In 2016, Rosterminalugol entered the holding run by Port Management Company LLC.
In 2016, coal throughput of Rosterminalugol grew by 3.4%, year-on-year, to a record high of 18.1 million tonnes (over 60% of coal exports through the ports of Russia’s Baltic Basin). In 2016, Port Management Company LLC launched the project the terminal expansion and modernization. In the recent five years the terminal exported 80 million tonnes of coal, which is an absolute record among the ports of Russia’s North-West region. On 24 June 2017, the coal port handled its largest bulk carrier ever – Navios Pollux (Capesize, DWT – 180,000 tonnes, LOA - 282 m, Beam – 45 m).
The coal port three-phased development and expansion project ensures a complete cycle of operations including automatic unloading, treatment and magnetic cleaning, storage and loading onto seagoing ships including Panamax and Capsize bulk cargo carriers, customs and shipping paperwork. Environmental safety at the port is ensured by state-of-the-art dust suppression and storm water control systems. In 2016, Rosterminalugol celebrated its 20th anniversary.