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In the year of 2016 the volume of grain cargo shipping under the contracts of North-Western Shipping Company («NWSC» PJSC) (the company is a member of UCL Holding) with subsequent transfer to marine vessels (lightering) equaled to 1.12 million tons which exceeded the corresponding result in 2015 by 35%.
The volume of shipping of wheat within the overall total volume of grain cargo shipping intended for lightering equaled to 900 thousand tons which exceeded the corresponding rate in the last year by 55%, and volume of barley, corn, flax and other types of grain equaled to 220 thousand tons.
All the grain lightering operations were undertaken at the maritime ports of the Azov-Black Sea Basin.
According to preliminary estimates in the year of 2016 the volume of grain intended for lightering will form about 60% of all the grain cargo shipped by North-Western Shipping Company within the import-export area and between foreign ports.
The enlargement of segment in question within the structure of NWSC is the result of fair yield of grain crops in the year of 2016 and high profitability of shipping to the final destination at ports of Africa and the Middle East using heavy lift capable marine vessels.
24 motor vessels of «Neva-Leader», «Rusich», «Valday», «Volzhskiy» types with cargo carrying capacity of 5-7 thousand tons were employed for lightering. Loads of grain cargo were shipped from grain elevators and transshipping complexes to road steads of maritime ports by the means of 5 motor vessels of «Sormovskiy» project with cargo carrying capacity of 3.5 thousand tons as well.
In the year of 2017 the shipping company intends to increase the volume of lightering of grain using «river-sea» class vessels.