In 2017, cargo traffic at Tuapse Sea Commercial Port JSC (TSCP, part of UCL Holding) slightly exceeded the result of 2016 and totaled 14.2 million tonnes (in 2016 — 14.1 million tonnes). Transshipment of dry bulk cargo grew by 10% to 7.8 million tonnes.
Transshipment of bulk cargo grew by 9.9% (+500,000 tonnes). In particular, handling of grain rose 15.9%, of coal — by 5%. When it comes to grain shipments, the upward trend of the recent four years continued in 2017. The company handled 2.2 million tonnes of the commodity or up 15.9% year-on-year. In 2017, the dedicated grain terminal (launched in 2010) throughput reached an all-time high surpassing the 2-millionth-tonne mark. Steady growth of grain transshipment was driven by active demand in export grain markets, high yield (with the delivery of new crop in August and September 2017 grain shipments surged by 115% and 82%, accordingly), as well as a package of repair and preventive measures aimed to ensure efficient and smooth operation of the grain terminal.
Coal exports climbed by 5% to 3.1 million tonnes.
Transshipment of general cargo grew by 11%. Handling of ferrous metal increased by 10.5% to 2.5 million tonnes (in 2016 — 2.25 million tonnes). While slabs volumes remained flat, year-on-year, at 2.03 million tonnes, shipments of steel coils jumped nine-fold to 300 000 tonnes with exports of rolled steel having grown more than 1.5 times. The company expanded the range of ferrous metal with reinforcing steel and galvanized steel sheets. Steady growth of ferrous metal volumes from year to year is the result of successful cooperation with NLMK Group, the port’s strategic partner, focused on improving the efficiency of operational interaction. Besides, TSCP has been systematically implementing the programme of technical upgrading including modernization of berths and storage facilities, renovation of portal cranes and wheel-mounted equipment.
In 2017, TSCP handled the entire amount of oil products supplied for transshipment – 6.4 million tonnes (-9%, y-o-y).
Import cargo flow comprising fruit and vegetable cargo started recovery only in the fourth quarter of 2017 after the ban on supplies from Turkey was lifted. It totaled 36,000 tonnes.
The bulk of TSCP’s cargo turnover was represented by exports totaling 14.05 million tonnes (+0.2%) and accounting for 99.15%. Import cargo and coastal trade cargo accounted for 0.25% and 0.6% accordingly.
In 2017, TSCP handled 706 cargo ships, including 342 dry bulk carriers and 364 oil carriers, and 112,589 rail cars.
Tuapse Sea Commercial Port JSC (TSCP) is the major terminal operator at the port of Tuapse, one of Russia’s largest ports. TSCP is member of UCL Port, a stevedoring division of the international transport group UCL Holding. UCL Port also comprises Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg JSC, Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg JSC, Multipurpose Reloading Complex LLC based in North-West of Russia, and Taganrog Sea Commercial Port in the South. The fleet of TSCP’s cargo handling equipment numbers 27 portal cranes with capacity of 10 to 124 tonnes, 65 loaders and bulldozers. In 2017, the company handled 14.2 million tonnes of freight.