Ust-Luga, situated in Rosterminalugol JSC, which is the operator of Russia’s largest dedicated coal terminal, reported first half throughput of 12.3 million tonnes in the year to the end of June. Since the terminal opened, accumulated exports have reached 230mt (million tonnes).
For the first two quarters, the terminal handled 166 vessels, whose consignments averaged 73,982 tonnes, which was a year-on-year increase of 7.25%. The largest consignment – 112,500 tonnes – was conveyed by the Post-Panamax vessel Redmer Oldendorff, which set sail to the European Union.
In terms of rail wagons, 165,859 of these entered the terminal, conveying 12mt of coal, with a daily average of 910 units. Of the total, 90,430 wagons loaded up to 25 tonnes per axle. Seventy-five per cent of all consignments arrived via the Oktyabrskaya Railway did so using locomotives hauling the maximum possible length of trailing load.
The operator noted that the growth was driven by several factors, not the least of which was the improvement of warehouse logistics and modernization of handling equipment.
Rosterminalugol JSC is the largest dedicated coal terminal in the North-West region of Russia and mostly serves Russian coal produced in the Kuzbass region. In 2020, the terminal handled 26.5mt of coal (up 8.2%, year-on-year).