The coal sea port of Shakhtersk (CSPS), a key logistics asset of East Mining Company (EMCO) in Russia, shipped 2.2 million t of coal between January and May 2020, which is 700 000 t or 47% more than the volume of the same period in 2019. In the same 5 months of 2019, approxiamtely 1.5 million t were handled. At the same time, the shipment plan for the period of January-March 2020 was exceeded by 34%.
“Such high rates of cargo turnover were achieved even despite the difficult epidemiological situation and taking into account the actual start of navigation in the second half of March,” said Anatoly Balakin, CSPS Chief Operating Officer. “Together with the relevant state bodies, we have developed a viable mechanism to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection and made our key operations more effective.”
The port has been operating in a normal mode since the start of navigation. So far, handling operations are carried out according to the schedule.
Consistent capacity-building of shipment volume through the port is one of the key projects implemented by the company as part of the global strategy for long-term growth. Within this task, EMCO is not only working on technical re-equipment of berthing and onshore facilities and fleet, but in 2019 it also established a joint venture with one of the world leaders in operation of marine transhipping terminals – Rocktree Logistics Pte Ltd, a Singaporean company. EMCO–Stevedore co-project was created to improve the coal shipment efficiency at anchorage.
Thanks to an active investment program and business process transformation, the volume of coal shipments in the Port of Shakhtersk has already increased from 1.2 million t in 2013 to 8.8 million t in 2019, and by the end of 2020 it is planned to reach 10.6 million t.
EMCO was one of the first in the region that developed and implemented at its facilities a set of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which allowed to maintain the normal operation of all the company's business assets.