23 January 2015

Nika-Tera terminal increased volume of handled cargo by 21,2% in 2014



Significant investments, implementation of the state-of-the-art solutions and technologies for port management, improvement of service quality and new service approach allowed Nika-Tera terminal to increase considerably production capacity and transhipment volume. Volume of handled cargo increased to 4.5 million tons for 2014.


In 2014, Nika-Tera seaport (Nika Tera Specialized Seaport LLC is a part of Group DF) handled 21.2% more cargo than in 2013.


Transhipment volume increased from 3.7 to 4.5 million tons. The structure of cargo turnover changed significantly in 2014. In the total volume of cargo turnover the share of grain amounted to 50% (2,241,800 tons), bulk cargo – 25% (1,123,400 tons), mineral fertilizers – 24.5% (1,102,900 tons), liquid cargo – 0.3% (11,900 tons), packaged cargo – 0.2% (8,500 tons).


Export cargo transhipment increased by 36.3% to 3 579,800 tons and import cargo transhipment – by 19% to 248,400 tons compared to previous year. At the same time, transit cargo transhipment decreased by 24.7% to 650,300 tons and coastal cargo handling – by 42.6% to 2,300 tons.


Besides, in 2014, the terminal handled in carriages 7,700 tons of cargo with following transportation across Ukraine.


The enterprise handled 281 ships in 2014 including 274 dry-cargo ships and 7 tankers.


Last year was challenging for both maritime industry and the whole country. We succeeded in increasing transhipment volume of all key cargoes. We had invested heavily in enhancing facilities for grain storage, handling and transhipment. Investments in a new grain  elevator allowed us to implement state-of-the-art innovative solutions for port management promptly, enhance considerably service rate and quality, as well as broaden the range of available services”, Oleksandr Gaidu, Chairman of SSP Nika Tera LLC, commented.


Large-scale project on construction of a new silo-type grain elevator started in 2012 and lasted 2 years. It implies construction of 18 silos with a capacity 170,000 tons. Owing to the project implementation the capacity of grain storages increased by more than 5 times in 2014 – from 40,000 tons to 210,000 tons.


The terminal invested UAH 347 million since 2012, UAH 66 million of which was invested in 2014. Core technological equipment for elevators (cost USD 15 million) was produced by CHIEF and InterSystems.


Project on construction of a new grain elevator implies significant investments in development of the grain complex infrastructure. Particularly, it means considerable extension of berths, construction of additional railway-yard and new crowding pen for 200 vehicles as well as laboratory and sampling complex (the project has been already developed).


In 2014, the terminal acquired Neuro shiploader with the capacity of 1500 tons/h (investment amounts to UAH 51 million). It will allow Nika-Tera to increase the cargo service rate.