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2015 October 21 16:20

UCL Port division’s cargo turnover increased by 9% to 24.9 million tons in 9M’15

In January-September 2015, the companies of the stevedoring division of UCL Port (part of UCL Holding) handled 24.9 million tons of cargo, which is a 9% increase as compared to 9M’14. 

The increase in the total cargo volume handled by the division was in connection with an increase in export cargo flows by 13% to 21.7 million tons.

Transshipment of oil cargo increased by 18% to 6 million tons, general cargo – up 13% to 7 mln t, containerized cargo – up 9% to 3.5 mln t (including Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg, Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg and Taganrog Commercial Seaport). Transshipment of dry loose and bulk cargo was flat, year-on-year at 8.4 mln t. Total dry cargo transshipment climbed by 7% to 18.9 mln t.

In the reporting period, there was a change in the cargo turnover structure of 3 percentage points in favour of the exported goods share as compared to 9M’14 , the exports share in the total transshipment volume increased to 87.4% or 21.7 million tons, imported cargo flows accounted for 12.1% or 3 million tons. 0.5% in the cargo turnover structure was represented by costal traffic operations.

Asset

Location

Cargo turnover, million tons

Variation

9M’14

9M’15

JSC “SeaPort of Saint-Petersburg” (SP SPb)

Cargo areas 1, 2 and 3 of the Big Port of Saint-Petersburg

6.2

6.2

0%

JSC “Container TerminalSaint-Petersburg" (CTSP)

Cargo area 4 of the Big Port of Saint-Petersburg

3.1

3.4

10%

For reference: thousand TEUs

296.9 

274.7

-7.5%

LLC “Multipurpose Reloading Complex” (MRC)

Ust-Luga Port (Leningrad Region)

2.9

3.2

10.5%

JSC “Tuapse Commercial Sea Port” (TCSP)

Tuapse

9.7

11.0

13%

JSC “Taganrog Commercial Sea Port” (TagCSP)

Taganrog

0.9

1.1

29

Total:

 

22.8

24.9

9%

In 9M’14 oil cargo showed the most pronounced growth with their processing volumes increasing mainly in connection with new cargo flows being attracted to  the terminals of JSC “Tuapse Commercial Sea Port”.

General cargo handling volumes increased by 13% to 2.28 million tons in the reporting period. The continuing recovery of demand on global markets helped the division’s ports increase the volume of ferrous metals shipments by 24% to  3.9 million tons. The improving markets conditions had a positive impact on  non-ferrous metals  operations, which grew by 23% to 1.1 million tons.

Dry bulk and loose cargo handling increased by 9% to 1.4 million tons. The positive change is first of all connected with grain handling operations at Tuapse and Taganrog facilities. Coal shipments for the division as a whole grew by 6% to 5.6 million tons in connection with increased exports from the Multipurpose Reloading Complex and the Tuapse port. Ore transshipment, mostly via Saint-Petersburg and Ust-Luga, climbed by 29% to 0.78 mln t.  However, mineral fertilizers transshipment volume decreased by half  to 0.4 mln t, which is connected with a redistribution of cargo flows in favour of  specialized terminals in Russia and the Baltic countries.

UCL Port’s contrainer operations carried out through JSC “Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg"  in the North-West of Russia showed a negative trend decreasing by 8% to 283,000 TEUs. This change reflects the general negative tendencies on the container operations market in Russia. In particular, container throughput of Baltic Basin ports fell by 30.6%, year-on-year.

Universal Cargo Logistics Holding (UCL Holding) is an international transportation holding company that is comprised of: stevedoring companies of Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg and Universal Handling Complex in the North-West Russia; Tuapse and Taganrog ports in the South of the country; Volga Shipping, North-West Shipping and Western Shipping companies; as well as a number of shipbuilding, shipping, railway and logistics assets. The group's business is divided into three divisions: UCL Rail, UCL Port and VBTH.

UCL Port consolidates JSC Sea Port St. Petersburg, CJSC Container Terminal Saint Petersburg, Universal Handling Terminal LLC based in North-West of Russia, the southern ports of Taganrog and Tuapse.

Stevedoring assets of UCL Port handle a wide range of goods, including metals, coal, grain, fertilizers, oil and petroleum products. The total storage area operated by the group's companies encompasses nearly 900,000 sqm. Total quay length is about 11,400 m.