Tuapse Sea Commercial Port nine-month cargo volumes totaled 9.4 million tonnes
Cargo traffic at Tuapse Sea Commercial Port (TSCP Group, part of UCL Holding) in January-September 2018 fell 10.9% year-on-year to 9.4 million tonnes showing different trends in dry cargo and liquid bulk cargo segments.
The decrease should be attributed to a 24-percent decline in liquid bulk volume, to 3.76 million tonnes.
Positive trends remained in dry cargo segment — 5.7 million tonnes (+0.7% versus 9M’2017). Coal exports decrease to 2.03 million tonnes (-12.8% Y-o-Y) was offset by a considerable growth (+18.5%) in ferrous metal volume to 2.2 million tonnes, including 2 million tonnes of slabs (+35.5%).
The upward trend in ferrous metal segment is the result of efficient cooperation with the port’s strategic partner the NLMK Group. Besides, TSCP Group has been consistently implementing its modernization program, including overhaul of its berths and storage facilities as well as upgrade of a fleet of gantry cranes and rubber-tired vehicles.
In the reporting period grain exports fell 2% year-on-year to 1.42 million tonnes.
Handling of imported fruits and vegetables continued recovery after the ban on imports from Turkey was partially lifted and the volume totaled 31,900 tonnes (vs 5,500 tonnes handled a year earlier). Exports that constitute the largest share of TSCP’s annual throughput, fell by 11.7% yea-on-year to 9.3 million tonnes, while imports volume reached 0,14 million tonnes.
Between January and September, TSCP Group handled 558,000 commercial ships (239 dry cargo carriers, 319 oil tankers) and 83,648 railcars.
About TCSP Group:
Tuapse Sea Commercial Port (TCSP Group) is the major terminal operator at the Port of Tuapse, one of Russia’s largest ports. TCSP is part of UCL Port, a stevedoring division of international transport group UCL Holding. UCL Port comprises Sea Port St. Petersburg JSC, Container Terminal Saint Petersburg CJSC, Universal Handling Terminal LLC based in the North-West of Russia, and Taganrog Commercial Sea Port in the South. The fleet of TCSP’s cargo handling equipment numbers 28 portal cranes with capacity of 10 to 124 tonnes, 65 loaders and bulldozers. In 2017, the company handled 14.2 million tonnes of cargo