Grain transportation by North-Western Shipping Company up 35% to 1.12 mln t in 2016 (photo)
In 2016, North-Western Shipping Company says it has boosted transportation of grain destined for further transshipment to sea going vessels (lighterage) to 1.12 mln t (up 35%, year-on-year).
All lighterage operations have been carried out in seaports of the Azov - Black Sea Basin.
According to the forecasts, transportation of grain destined for lighterage will exceed over 60% of all export-import grain carried by North-Western Shipping Company between foreign ports.
In 2017, the company is going to increase transportation of grain destined for lighterage.
North-Western Shipping Company, part of VBTH, a shipping division of UCL Holding, is the largest carrier in the Russian system of waterways, specializing on the export and import shipping of bulk, general and project cargoes, towages of oversized cargo and craft. The company provides a full range of transport services on the inland waterways of Russia and international sea traffic.
The company operates a fleet of 46 river/sea class vessels, 10 sea class vessels and 3 Ro-Ro «river-sea» barges. Total deadweight of the Company's fleet is 277,000 tonnes with vessel average age of 16 years. The company transports about 5 mln t of cargo per year.
The Company is a part of VBTH – shipping division of Universal Cargo Logistics Holding, international transportation group consolidating a number of Russian railway, stevedoring and logistic companies (the majority stakeholder of VBTH). The division comprises North Western Shipping Company, V.F.Tanker, a number of shipbuilding and cruise assets.