Metalloinvest begins shipment of export products from its new terminal in Ust-Luga
15 October 2020
Metalloinvest, a leading global iron ore and HBI producer and supplier, and one of the regional producers of high-quality steel, has made the first export shipment from the new terminal built by Ultramar at the Ust-Luga port, located in the Leningrad region.
The motor ship CL BEIJING, a Panamax* class vessel carrying 71,200 tonnes of pellets for ThyssenKrupp Group, left the port on 14 October. The dispatching involved the commissioning of specialised port equipment for cleaning, employing conveyor delivery from the warehouse area to the docking area and using a specialised ship-loading machine equipped with a cascade descent to ensure careful handling of iron ore raw materials.
The dispatching of the first large vessel was preceded by a trial shipment of several batches of HBI, during which the systems and equipment of the new terminal were tested. HBI transhipment at the terminal is carried out using an innovative technology involving the use of specialised containers and a crane with a 52-tonne capacity, the only one of its kind in Russia, equipped with a revolver-type spreader.
Under the contract with Ultramar, effective from 1 October 2020, the new terminal will handle 2.5 million tonnes of pellets and HBI from Metalloinvest annually.
Vakhtang Kocharov, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Management Company Metalloinvest, said: "The new terminal allows us to ensure compliance with all product safety requirements during shipment. The launch of the terminal in Ust-Luga expands our export opportunities, provides additional flexibility in diversifying supplies and reduces transportation costs."
Andrey Chaiko, CEO of Ultramar, commented: "The partnership with Metalloinvest is strategically important for Ultramar and for the region as a whole. The trust of a leading global manufacturer and supplier of iron ore products and HBI is very valuable for us. We would like to note that during the development of HBI and pellet handling technology, we took into account Metalloinvest’s specialists’ technical specifications, as well as all of the requirements relating to the handling of iron ore and metallised products, enabling us to enter the commissioning mode on time.”
A preliminary agreement providing for the construction of a specialised terminal for Metalloinvest’s iron ore cargo was signed by the Company and Ultramar in June 2019.
Ultramar Terminal has completed the construction of the cargo port terminal in an unprecedentedly short timeframe for Russia, despite the current coronavirus restrictions. In just over year, the main construction works of the water area and the Panamax docking area were completed, along with the installation of a unique handling crane, a specialised ship-loading machine, a technological line for cleaning and transporting pellets, and the construction of a powerful rear terminal for the delivery of cargo from rail transport, equipped with storage facilities for ship batches.
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