Container terminal operator, NUTEP, in Russia's main Black Sea port of Novorossiysk has upgraded its railway facilities to support its plans to triple the capacity of its terminal by 2016 as volumes continue to grow.
In the latest phase of its development programme the company has removed the original railway lines, constructed a new yard at the rear of the terminal and raised overall block-train capacity at the terminal to 30 trains per month, with each train's capacity being about 112 TEU.
The total length of the railway lines has been extended to four kilometres and, at 425 metres each, the two new loading sidings allow NUTEP to handle two block trains a day. Two dedicated rail-stackers are able to handle traffic at both sidings at the same time.
An additional benefit is that terminal storage has been increased by the removal of the old railway lines, bringing the intake capacity up to 11,000 TEU.
NUTEP currently has three berths with a total quay length of 754 metres to serve ro-ro vessel and containerships. It plans to invest in the construction of an extra container berth, which will be able to handle ships of up to 6,000 TEU, and bring the total capacity at NUTEP to 600,000 TEU by early 2016.
In 2012, NUTEP handled 215,307 TEU, which was 7.6 higher than 2011's result, according to the Shipping Gazette.