TSCP Group’s H1’2018 volumes totaled 6.8 million tonnes
Cargo throughput at Tuapse Sea Commercial Port (TSCP Group, part of UCL Holding) in the first six months of 2018 fell 10.7% to 6.8 million tonnes. The decrease should be attributed to a 29.4-percent decline year-on-year in liquid bulk segment to 2.65 million tonnes. TSCP handled all oil products provided for transshipment.
At the same time, the half year results show a growth in dry cargo handling to 4.1 million tonnes (+7.7% versus HI’2017). A 10.8-percent decline in coal volumes to 1.45 million tonnes was offset by a considerable growth in the segments of ferrous metal and grain.
In the first half of 2018, handling of ferrous metal grew by 15.7% to 1.5 million tonnes. The growth was mainly driven by a 36.4-percent surge in slabs volumes. The upward trend in ferrous metal segment is the result of successful partnership with the port’s strategic partner the NLMK Group, increasing the efficiency of operational cooperation. In addition, TSCP Group was consistently implementing its development program, including the modernisation of its berths and storage facilities, the upgrade of a fleet of gantry cranes and rubber-tired vehicles.
Grain exports increased by 27.2% to 1.2 million tonnes. Strong growth in the commodity volume was due to demand prevailing in grain export markets and to constant improvement of routine handling operations by the TSCP Group, in particular, the synchronization of railcars spotting for unloading and docking of ships for loading.
In the reporting period, TSCP handled 20,600 tonnes of fruits and vegetables, which were not handled in the same period of the previous year.
Export goods, forming the bulk of TSCP throughput, fell by 12% on last year’s figures to 6.7 million tonnes, while imports and coastal trade volumes totaled 101,000 tonnes.
Between January and June of the year, TSCP Group handled 332,000 commercial ships (165 dry cargo carriers and 167 oil tankers) and 58,000 railcars.