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Grains are looking for a way out
Presented a new grain terminal project in Suhodol Bay
In recent years, the port infrastructure of the Far East is getting more and more developed due to the growing needs of exporters supplying their goods to the growing markets of Asia. At the same time, first of all, the existing coal transshipment facilities are being modernized - coal companies, owning the key ports of the FEFD, invest significant funds in expanding their throughput capacity. Exporting other types of goods in which the Asia-Pacific region is in need faces serious logistical difficulties.
One of the goods potentially attractive to the markets of neighboring states is Russian grain. Now grain handling takes place in Vladivostok under the “carriage - vessel” option, its transportation is effective only to nearby countries: Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea.
Large grain exporters have repeatedly stated that they are ready to change the situation by developing specialized port facilities. In 2011, the project of the terminal in the seaport of Vostochny for the 5 million tons of grain per year was announced by United Grain Company (OZK) and Dalport. In 2014, OZK and FESCO (both included in the Summa of the Magomedov Brothers) announced a new project - a terminal for 10 million tons in the village of Zarubino (Trinity Bay). The companies created a subsidiary LLC “Far Eastern Grain Terminal”, however, due to the problems of Summa, connected with the arrest of its founder, not a single project actually started.
Meanwhile, grain producers are still interested in the transit of their products through the ports of the Far East through the Pacific Ocean. At the end of 2018, Primorsky Marine Grain Terminal LLC (PZMT, part of the Livadia Port group) offered its own solution to the problem. The company's founder, Vasily Vasilyev, explains that the goal of the project is to create a specialized terminal for transshipment of the order of 6,5 million tons of grain per year in Suhodol Bay.
To implement the project, it is necessary to build the terminal itself and adjacent non-public ways that would connect the loading and unloading complex and the Petrovka station. The last hopper cars will arrive via an non-electrified line from the Smolyaninovo Far Eastern Railway Station. The distance between Smolyaninovo and Petrovka is about 20 kilometers, between Petrovka station and the railway deadlock in the projected terminal is 8,76 km. To create a message, it is necessary to build an 3,9 km of single-track road connecting the terminal with the Petrovka - Bolshoy Kamen railway line.
The port itself will consist of three parts: buildings on land, a concreted coast-sea platform, where the main equipment will be located, silos, railway and dispatching services, and a floating dock for mooring the vessel. The port will receive hopper cars, which are planned to be placed in two ways (35 cars per each). After a direct simultaneous unloading of the train onto the belt conveyors located under the tracks, the grain will be fed to 7 storage silos. In total, they will be able to take no more than 250 per thousand tons of grain per day. From silos, grain will be loaded with conveyors and bucket elevators into the vessel.
At the moment, PZMT “is working with several design organizations on the preparation of a declaration of investment intention, which includes preliminary agreements with all government services,” said company founder Vasily Vasilyev. The company has already acquired on the shores of Suhodol Bay a plot of land with an area of 12 Ha for the future terminal. Project work will be carried out at the expense of the founder, further funding will be provided by partners - Russian grain producers.
The company emphasizes that they intend to work with domestic traders, whereas the main activity at the moment in the Far East comes from Chinese grain producers interested in the transit of their own products. PMZT also expects to receive the status of a resident of the Free Port of Vladivostok, giving the right to import duty-free equipment necessary for the operation of the terminal. “The equipment is produced by several companies, at the design stage they will select the necessary equipment,” specifies Vasily Vasilyev.