Global Ports Group has relocated more than 25 units of heavy-duty port equipment from its North-Western terminals to Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company (VSC) in Russia’s Far East.
Global Ports has been actively reinforcing VSC facilities on the back of consistent growth of foreign trade container cargo flows in the Far Eastern marine basin.
Its share in the volume of marine container handling in Russia increased from 35 per cent in 2021 to 51 per cent in 2022, reaching 53 per cent at for five months of 2023.
Among the equipment moved to VSC in the first half of 2023 are two reachstackers with lifting capacity of 45 tonnes each, three Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes, and eight straddle carriers.
In addition, in 2022, the Group moved 15 tractors and semi-trailers to VSC.
The machines are used to handle containerised cargo at berths, storage yards and railway fronts.
The equipment relocation reportedly supplements Global Ports’ investment programme at VSC aimed at enhancing the efficiency of the terminal’s operations, including newly ordered high-capacity loaders and cranes.
In April 2023, VSC put into service two new 144-tonne Liebherr mobile harbour cranes, as well as two extra heavy-duty reachstackers.
During 2023-2024, VSC will receive nine RTG and Rail Mounted Gantry (RMG) container cranes from ZPMC.
Global Ports terminals in the Baltic basin are also fully equipped to handle containerised and bulk cargoes of both existing and forecasted volumes.
The Group plans to build two container berths, cargo storage areas and a new high-capacity railway front.
The phased implementation of the project will allow to increase the throughput capacity of the terminal from the current 700,000 TEU to 1.7 million TEU per year by the mid-2030s.