According to General Director of Murmansk Commercial Seaport Alexey Rykovanov, the company achieved a cargo turnover of 10,363.21 million tonnes.
"Analysis of the enterprise's activities shows that its cargo traffic structure is changing; meanwhile, the port is being reconfigured to cater to a wider range of products. Of note, we plan to replace the share of coal with volumes of iron ore raw materials and increase the fertiliser transhipment volumes. We are also going through a difficult period together with Russian Railways as we try to resolve issues to do with restrictions on regular traffic to Murmansk," Alexey Rykovanov noted.
The head of the enterprise noted that this has been facilitated by the long-term collaborative work of Murmansk Commercial Seaport and Russian Railways on implementing joint projects that have allowed increasing the capacity of the Murmansk station, thus ensuring the development of full-component trains with parallel movements for receiving and sending freight trains from all tracks of the receiving-departure yard. Murmansk Commercial Seaport has also invested about RUB 4,360 million into improving the internal port infrastructure, which has allowed increasing the capacity of unloading fronts, expanding storage areas, modernising power supply, communication and utility networks, as well as purchasing modern and high-tech equipment, including from the point of view of environmental protection and preservation.
Accordingly, in the period from 2018 to 2020, the company maintained an average daily unloading rate of more than 600 railcars/day, which is 50 railcars/day more than in the period from 2016 to 2018. The maximum unloading rate was 859 railcars/day, while the maximum average monthly unloading rate was 17,850 railcars/month.
"The dynamics of the main indicators and the high level of coordination with Russian Railways and cargo shippers show the existing potential to increase the processing capacity of the Murmansk station and the production capacity of Murmansk Commercial Seaport. In the future, this will fully compensate for the June 2020 downtime," Alexey Rykovanov said.
Of particular importance is the fact that plans to increase the production capacity of Murmansk Commercial Seaport to 800 railcars/day and upgrade its infrastructure are currently being worked out.