Russia’s Posyet port loads record amount of coal

10 September 2011 | 04:30 Code : 20772 Geoscience events
Russian mining and steel company Mechel’s Posyet port loaded a record number of coal....

The port in Russia’s far east loaded 26 ships in August, or 509,000t of coal, the highest for any month in the port’s history. A modernisation programme that is due to be completed by the end of next year helped the port achieve the record. Its drainage runs, crane runways and railway tracks have been lengthened, enabling Mechel to admit three ships to loading berths simultaneously.

“Port Posyet achieved a new level in transshipment of coal, which is particularly important as the enterprise ensures access for Mechel’s products to key Asia-Pacific markets,” Mecheltrans chief executive Alexander Starodubov said.

The port aims to expand its infrastructure and increase coal transshipment capacity to 9mn t/yr by 2012. The improvements are expected to cost about $73mn.

Posyet is located on the Sea of Japan, south of Vladivostok and near the Chinese border. It is connected to the trans-Siberian railway line and rail routes, allowing shipment within Russia and China and elsewhere in Asia-Pacific. The port can handle ships with a cargo capacity of up to 26,000t.

Mechel is one of the largest coking coal producers in Russia. It recently won approval for a first stage of open-pit development at the Elga coal complex, the company’s largest coking coal production project.

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