The first train with containers loaded in open-top cars left the port of Vostochny
According to the statement, this method of container transport has not been used in Russia for more than six years.
A new loading technology provides for the attachment of metal containers with airbags instead of using wood. On November 22, the train will deliver containers with imported goods and industrial products to the âBelyi Rastâ container terminal near Moscow, after traveling nearly 10,000 kilometers.
The port of Vostochny first unloaded containers from ships to the berth at its PPK1 terminal, then loaded them into open-top wagons that delivered metal and coal to foreign consumers.
The operation is foreseen by a large-scale program of diversification of activities towards containerization undertaken by Vostochny Port in view of the company’s task of creating a multimodal import / export hub in its Multifunctional Handling Complex.
This helps to accumulate the volumes of freight in transit and import handled by the company.
Modernization of port facilities is underway at PPK1 (Phase 1). The current capacity of the terminal is approximately 29,000 TEUs.
In 2022, phase 2 of the modernization project will increase capacity to nearly 90,000 TEUs.
Phase 3 to make four berths fully operational will bring the capacity to nearly 117,000 TEUs. Total investments in the project are estimated at more than 800 million rubles.
Rail transport experts say that transporting containers in open-top wagons helps address the shortage of development platforms, especially on the Far East Railway.
Speaking about the diversification of the company’s activities towards the containerization of goods, Irina Olkhovskaya, director of port and rail projects at UMMC, underlined the importance of the multiplier effect provided by the loading of the wagons that transport the coal and metal export to the terminal. Railways and owners of wagons and freight.
Vostochny Port JSC (Vrangel settlement, Primorsky region) is Russia’s largest specialized terminal with high-tech coal handling. The port of Vostochny is an open access facility open to all Russian coal manufacturers. In 2020, it handled 26.85 million tonnes of freight.
The terminal includes covered stations for the unloading and transfer of coal, conveyor equipment, rotary wagon dumpers, ship loaders and the unparalleled multi-stage magnetic coal separation system.
The port of Vostochny is the first coal port in the Far East to have obtained a certificate of compliance with the ISO 14001: 2015 standard âEnvironmental management system: requirements and application guideâ. The certificate confirms the company’s compliance with Russian and international requirements for environmental risk management. The key element in the environmental protection of the company is the system of dust and wind protection installations more than 20 meters high and approximately 3 kilometers long. To date, they are the largest protection facilities in the Far East.
Photos provided by Vostochny Port JSC