Development of Russian Railways’ Eastern area guarantees boosting of coal transshipment via Vostochny Port – Irina Olkhovskaya (photo)
Development of Russian Railways’ Eastern area guarantees boosting of coal transshipment via Vostochny Port, Irina Olkhovskaya, First Deputy Director and Commercial Director of Port Management Company LLC, said at the plenary meeting of the Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation (CCTT) which took place last week in Beijing, China.
Vostochny Port JSC, Russia’s largest dedicated coal port (run by Port Management Company) took an active part in the meeting.
Among the key topics was the implementation of the project on development of Phase II of Russian Railways’ Eastern area. Irina Olkhovskaya presented the largest investment project in the transport sector of Russia’ Far East – construction of Phase III of Vostochny Port’ coal terminal.
With the new terminal becoming fully operational, the port’s declared cargo base of 40 mln t per year demands additional capacity of railway infrastructure. Therefore, together with the construction of coal terminal’s Phase III, Port Management Company is financing, through private-public partnership, the construction of two railway parks (receiving and dispatching) with total track length of 37,000 m.
“That will guarantee boosting of Russian cargo transshipment via the ports of Russia, increase taxes paid by Kuzbass and Far East regions, generate new jobs, strengthen transit potential of the Russian Federation on a long-term horizon and ensure the development of the future transit flow in the framework of ‘One Belt, One Road’ project”, said Irina Olkhovskaya.
Vgrangel, Primorsky Krai based Vostochny Port JSC 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 2016 coal throughput at the terminal reached 23.5 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.
Since the port construction completion 390 million tonnes of coal have been exported through the facility and 6.6 million rail cars have been handled, 28,000 vessels have been received at the port berths. Over the past ten years, JSC Vostochny Port has shipped more than 200 million tonnes of coal, an all-time record among all Russian coal ports.
Vostochny Port JSC 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 JSC LLC is implementing an ambitious investment project on construction of the coal terminal’s Phase 3 including the construction of the federal railway infrastructure. New terminal facilities will be put into operation in 2017 allowing for port capacity to reach 39 mln t in 2019. The coal will be delivered from Kuzbass and other coal fields of Russia. A sole executive body of Vostochny Port JSC is Port Management Company LLC.
Port Management Company LLC 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).Total coal throughput by the 2016 year-end results of the holding's stevedoring companies reached 41.5 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.
The PMC LLC was founded in 2008. Since then coal volumes handled at Vostochny Port leaped by more than 60%, and in 2016 totaled 23.5 million tonnes. Between 2010 and 2017, the PMC Holding implemented a program of production optimization, handling equipment modernization and upgrade.
In 2016, another stevedoring company JSC Rosterminalugol became member of the PMC Holding. Following the 2016 year-end results coal volumes at Rosterminalugol terminal reached a record high of 18.1 million tonnes.
Dedicated coal ports of the holding, Vostochny Port and Rosterminalugol, are fitted with the cutting-edge equipment for closed 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.