The loading of iron-ore concentrate onto the Voge Master capesize vessel was completed on 20 July. Over a period of two and a half days, 170,000 tons of iron-ore concentrate was loaded onto the vessel, which has a draft of 18.1 meters. The loading rate exceeded 80,000 per day at one point, which is a record for the Yuzhny port. The average loading rate of the capesize vessel, including the initial and final operations, was 66,000 tons, a source within the Yuzhny port authority told the CFTS petal. 

Forty-one Capesize vessels and two Newcastlemax vessels were loaded to their maximum drafts at the Yuzhny port’s berths in the first half of 2016. The maximum loading rate during this period was 56,900 tons per day and the average loading rate was 30,000 tons per day.

The increased loading rate at the Yuzhny port sends a serious challenge to competing Black Sea port terminals.

For comparison, following are the maximum speed of processing Capesize vessels at the Yuzhny port’s leading competitors: 18,000-22,000 tons per day at the Illichivsk port and 50,000-90,000 tons per day at the TIS Coal terminal’s berths.

Cargo transshipment at the state-owned Yuzhny port increased by 2.3% to 8.101 million tons in the period of January-June 2016, compared with the same period of last year. Ore transshipment at the port increased by 8% to 6.983 million tons during this period, compared with the same period last year. Coal transshipment totaled 1.099 million tons. Cargoes from the SCM Group’s enterprises account for more than 85% of the total volume of cargo handled at the Yuzhny port.

The total volume of ore transshipment in the Yuzhny port’s waters reduced by 15% to 9.43 million tons and the total volume of coal transshipment by 35% to 1.67 million tons in the first half of 2016, compared with the same period of last year.

Related: Illichivsk Port Sets Record For Loading Iron-Ore Concentrate Onto Bulk Carriers