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Coal seaport Shakhtersk increased the volume of coal shipments

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The coal seaport of Shakhtersk, a key logistics asset of the Eastern Mining Co., shipped a record 10.7 million t of coal in 2020, which is 21% more than the same period in 2019. Loading and unloading operations were completed on 28 December 2020.

Since the beginning of the opening of navigation in the coal port of Shakhtersk, 157 vessels have stood up for loading, which is 31 vessels more than in 2019. Despite the pandemic, the impact of which was most acutely felt by the coal industry in April-July of 2020, Vostochnaya Mining Co. not only maintained its position in the market, but also expanded the list of buyers. Asia-Pacific countries such as China and Korea remain key consumers. They account for approximately 90% of the shipped coal. In the future, the company plans to increase its presence in India, Vietnam and Thailand, increasing its shipment volumes to 20 million tpy. To this end, the company will continue to increase the port's berthing and onshore capacities and fleet.

In 2020, new barges and tugs were added to the fleet in order to improve the efficiency of off-road coal shipment within the framework of the VGK-Stevedore project, implemented jointly with the Singapore company Rocktree Logistics Pte Ltd. The expansion of the boundaries of the water area of the checkpoint of the seaport of Shakhtersk made it possible to increase the port's throughput, which already now allows 15 vessels to process documents simultaneously.

“In 2020, we had to work in new realities, applying an approved security protocol to counter the spread of coronavirus infection. At the same time, we were able not only to maintain the normal operating mode, but also to achieve growth in terms of cargo turnover in 2020. Optimisation of production processes and well-coordinated work in all areas allow us to demonstrate an annual increase in shipments. Starting [in 2021], we are starting a complete reconstruction of the port, which will allow us to almost double the volume of shipments in the future,” commented Anatoly Balakin, Director of UMPSh.

During the inter-navigation period, a number of preparatory works will be carried out throughout the port for the implementation of the port modernisation programme.

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