15 November 2021

Nika-Tera seaport sets a new record: 432 railway cars were handled in a day

Nika-Tera seaport, a member of Group DF, handled 432 railway cars in a day. This is by 9% more than the previous record performance in September, when the seaport handled 397 railway cars.

“Increase in the railway cars processing speed is the result of the implementation of the Program intended to increase the seaport throughput capacity. Increase in performance has been anticipated and is totally in line with our business plan. This important marker is indicative of the fact that we are taking the right steps and making the proper changes in our services. We plan to continue our dynamic development and increase the speed and quality of cargo handling. Improving the interaction between the seaport and the rail way has been one of priorities of our strategy,” commented Alim Agakishiev, CEO, Nika-Tera seaport.

The top manager of the seaport is confident that significant capital investments of the shareholder in the development of own advanced railway facilities facilitate the increase in throughput. As a part of the program intended to increase the seaport’s throughput capacity (has been under implementation for the 4th year), 23 km of rail ways were built and put into operation, the fleet of own locomotives was brought up to 10 engines, a new weighing facility was built. At present, the seaport operates 5 special weighing facilities for unloading freight railway cars. In the future, new stations for unloading railway cars are to be built to optimize logistics operations. The seaport also operates its own locomotive depot to maintain and repair diesel locomotives.

“Aside from significant capital investments, we continue to improve all our business processes. For example, the seaport is constantly working to expedite the paperwork. Recently, the entire procedure for obtaining railway consignments and railway certificates for the quality of cargo was improved. Figuratively speaking, we move away from the old “analogue” way of service towards a new “digital” one, and introduce the best solutions of the world seaport industry in our company,” said Agakishiev.

In 10 months 2021, Nika-Tera seaport transshipped more than 6,000,000 t of cargo and handled 371 vessels. In 2020, the sea port handled 409 vessels and transshipped 7,380,000 t of cargoes. Within the cargo mix, the grains, legumes and oilseeds accounted for 5,500,000 t or 75% of the total volume, bulk cargoes – 1,270,000 t (18%), liquid bulk cargoes – 323,000 t (4%), mineral fertilizers – 215,000 t or (3%).