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On November 27 the Volga Shipping Company (part of UCL Holding) completed 2016 cargo navigation. According to recent reports the company vessels transported 5.2 mln tons of cargo, by 7% less than the previous year. The cargo turnover amounted to 5.3 billion tkm, equal to the last year level. The navigation period lasted 242 days from March 30 till November 27.
Export cargoes made 3.5 mln tons in the structure of transportations, by 238 thousand tons or 7% more than last year. Inland cargo transportation volume decreased by 606 thousand tons or by 26% down to 1.7 mln tons.
Crops made almost one third of the total transportation volume in 2016 navigation. The company vessels delivered 1.57 mln tons of grain, by 21.5% less than last year. The amount of export metal transported by the company increased by 2.6 times and made 0.9 mln tons. Sulfur transportation amounted to 1 mln tons, by 14,5% more than the last year volume.
10 new modern vessels of RSD44 project, working in the South basin, transported 1 million tons of crops and sulfur, which made about 20% of the total company transportation volume.
Crushed stone from Karelia pits was the main cargo of inland transportation. The company vessels carried 1.1 mln tons of crushed stone, equal to the last year level. Inland transportation of industrial salt, gravel, sand and gravel mix decreased.
In November, under difficult conditions of early freeze-up on the Volgo-Baltiysky water way, cargo vessels of different Russian shipping companies were accompanied by the Volga Shipping pusher tugs. More than 40 ice-routing services were provided by the company vessels.
The total of 73 units of cargo, towing and maintenance fleet and 58 non-self-propelled dry-cargo sections of the Volga Shipping operated during 2016 navigation.