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Kamchatka caught the tail of the Northern Sea Route

The region began a large-scale modernization of port capacities with the development of transshipment of fish in containers

In August, 2017 in Kamchatka, a message was opened on the first in the history of the peninsula of a regular international line for the delivery of fish products. Earlier local fishermen were forced to overload the extracted for further shipment to the external and internal markets through Vladivostok. The project is being implemented by a subsidiary of the NOREBO Group, which became one of the first residents of the Free Port of Vladivostok in Kamchatka. The creation of a specialized service for the packaging of containers with fish products is only the first step of the peninsula on the way to becoming a major logistics center on the Northern Sea Route, the region's governor Vladimir Ilyukhin is sure.

Kamchatka caught the tail of the Northern Sea Route
Photo: Yuri Smitiuk / TASS
7 August the container ship "PAPA MAU", chartered by the structures of the international transport company MAERSK, arrived at the berths of the Kamchatka terminal "Seroglazka", which brought three hundred empty 40-foot refrigerators for fish products. In return, the container ship took almost two hundred containers with fresh products from Kamchatka enterprises that went to South Korea's Busan. From there, the fish will proceed further, by consumers around the world, including Russia - by the southern sea route to St. Petersburg.

Terminal “Seroglazka” builds a platform for processing containers with fish products as a resident of the Free Port of Vladivostok, which has pledged to invest 800 million in the development of the port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Here, the investor is building a new refrigerator at 15 thousand tons of one-time storage, in order to increase the capacity to 20 thousand tons. Over the past year, the terminal has passed 16 thousand TEU (containers in 20-foot equivalent) and about 30 thousand tons of fish products, says its general director Vladimir Walter. The plans of the terminal on 2017-th - doubling the volume, in a more distant future - to bring the annual turnover to 800 th. Tons. Of these, at least 300-350 thousand tons should be accounted for fish products.

All this gradually turns "Seroglazka" into a logistics project, which the Kamchatka fish industry so long ago lacked. Berths of OOO "Terminal" Seroglazka "" received in trust management from JSC "Fisheries Enterprise" Akros ". Both Akros and Terminal Seroglazka belong to Norebo Holding. The NOREBO group, which is controlled by Russian entrepreneur Vitaly Orlov, owns in total 15% of Russian quotas for the catch of pollock, cod and herring.

"For Kamchatka, it is important not only that the ship with our products will go without transshipment in Vladivostok. What is important is that it appeared here in general. We just about six months ago talked with the leadership of the company MAERSK about the intention to go to Kamchatka, in this project. And after a short time - new containers and a ship that came to load, "says Governor of the Kamchatka Territory Vladimir Ilyukhin. According to him, the authorities of the region are interested in the development of a container transport industry for fish, and not only for local fishermen. "There are certain volumes of bioresources extraction in Kamchatka - now it is about 1 million tons per year, fish production is about 850 thousand tons. Of course, I would like to see the fishing industry and other regions working in the Okhotsk Sea and Bering Sea expeditions be able to transfer cargo here. We are interested in the growth of volumes, "says the head of the region.

He emphasizes that the businessmen of Kamchatka often complained of difficulties with transshipment in August-September in the port of Vladivostok. "Plus, there was a problem with the delivery by rail: the" cold trains "are not always formed on time. Difficulties have always been. Now our fishermen leave them thanks to the work of two partners - MAERSK and the terminal. Of course, we need to complete the refrigerator, put the loading and unloading equipment at the berths, and find a solution to provide additional power capacity. I think when all this will work at full capacity, representatives of other regions will use the service, "Vladimir Ilyukhin said.

"While it's probably early to talk about the line, it was still a test call. We expect that such direct calls by the MAERSK court will be made every two months. The question is only in the volumes: MAERSK is ready to go at least weekly, "- said Vladimir Walter. According to his assessment, the main task for any fishing company is to minimize the time of finding its products in the port. "When we hear complaints to the extracting companies that the products come to the market substandard, it's probably all the same questions to the transshipment. With our project, the transshipment time is shortened - the transit time is saved at least 6-7 days. Now the ship goes to Vladivostok for four days, plus there are transshipments a couple of days, and this is at best. Our own project implies that the ship will be in Busan in five days, "he says.

The appearance in Kamchatka of a complex capable of receiving cargo from products from fishermen and completing for shipment will contribute to a general increase in the region’s cargo turnover, Vladimir Walter is sure. “Those fishermen who are now sending their catches for transhipment in Asia will be able to do this with us. Companies in the Far East fish up to 2 million tons of fish annually. I think we can fight for a part of these volumes. And prices for services will be lower than in foreign ports, ”he believes. Terminal "Seroglazka" is ready to work with the transport on the Northern Sea Route, he adds, but the specific scheme of sending depends on the carriers themselves.

"Historically, directly from Kamchatka, very small volumes of fish were exported to foreign markets - there was simply no such service. Most of the products were exported to Vladivostok, and to further exports to China and South Korea. There it is exactly the same in the refrigerator, is packed in containers and is carried by suppliers all over the world - both to Europe and to America. We are now trying to create an alternative. And last year they began to send from our terminal for export, for example, to Germany and Japan, America, Holland and to St. Petersburg by the southern sea route, "explains Vladimir Walter.

It should be noted that the plans of the Terminal Seroglazka are only part of the overall work on the development of transit container traffic in Kamchatka. Earlier, the governor of the region, Vladimir Ilyukhin, said that the subject of the Russian Federation "is very necessary to develop the port infrastructure." “We have been doing a lot of work so that the port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky will be the final destination of the Northern Sea Route here on the Pacific coast. The outlook is very good. But those capacities that we have today will not be enough, they need to be developed, ”says the head of the region.

True, the development of the industry is complicated by the fact that there are almost no free land plots in the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky coastline, the governor acknowledges. "However, now the interest in the industry is great: within the development of the entire port economy, the task is to reach 8 million tons of cargo per year. Now we will handle within 1,5 million tons. The development base is huge. Kamchatka is becoming a new point of growth in logistics, "he said. "Recently, the discussion of the project of a terminal for transshipment of liquefied natural gas with NOVATEK began. In the case of the "Seroglazka" terminal, we are talking not only about transshipment of fish, but also about the complex servicing of ships. The time when there is a need for the development of ports in Kamchatka, I believe it has come, and these are the first steps, "Vladimir Ilyukhin adds.

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