14 September 2017

SUEK Board of Directors visits Vanino Bulk Terminal

Within 3 minutes, 145 tonnes of coal can be loaded from the railcars into the hold of the vessel. Therefore, the first thing shown to the SUEK Board of Directors is the railway station. Prior to its existence, rail congestion at the Toki railway station, the easternmost outpost of the BAM railway, hampered transshipment operations. After laying down eight wholly owned spur lines, a record was set: 1,400 railcars were handled in a day.

Bypassing the station Toki allowed for a direct connection, directly to our installations. From that point on, so as to not affect the environment, transshipment operations are covered. The first item is the car dumpers.

Maxim Berezev, Vanino Bulk Terminal Chief Mechanic:

A dedusting system, which also irrigates the car dumpers, was installed along a baffle wall. Further along, on the conveyor, the coal is covered in foam.

This is the know-how of Vanino stevedores – suppressing fossil fuel particles with a special soap containing layer. The movement of goods throughout the terminal is controlled by one person. 

As a rule, coal delivered to the terminal will spend some time in open storage. Controlling particle emissions is a priority.

Vladimir Shapoval, Vanino Bulk Terminal General Director:

We analysed data from ports in Russia and globally, we are the most equipped in terms of dust suppression.

Yanina Bogdanova:

This is the northernmost port operating throughout the year. In winter, ice covers the water, but tugboats open the way for ships. By the way, the depth at the pier is the deepest in the Khabarovsk region and can accept ships with up to 180 thousand tonnes. To put into perspective, this represents 2,500 railway wagons.

Last year, the transshipment volume amounted to 20 million tonnes. The pace of loading could have been higher if the capacity of the main line of the Baikal-Amur railway, where reconstruction is just about finished, would have allowed it. 

Andrey Melnichenko, Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Strategy Committee of the Board of Directors of SUEK:

We are the only ones here capable of doing 35-40 million tonnes of transshipment. Our peers also built around us, and they also have their thoughts on how to develop. Once completed, the second stage of reconstruction of the BAM railway is expected to allow up to 80 million tonnes of cargo per year.

Vladimir Rashevsky, SUEK CEO:

This is our gateway to the promising and growing Asia-Pacific market, we built this port 10 years ago, directing huge investments here. Over the last few years, we continued the expansion of this terminal. The port is working very well.

We plan to set a new record this year and send to Asia 21 million tonnes of coal from Kuzbass, Khakassia, Buryatia and other regions of the country.

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