DeloPorts’ terminals increased cargo transshipment volumes in the first half of 2023
KSK and NUTEP terminals (both parts of DeloPorts, the stevedoring holding of Delo Group) summed up their results in the first half of 2023
NUTEP container terminal handled 338.4 thousand TEU during this period, which is 16% higher than in the first half of 2022. In Q2 2023, 153.2 thousand TEU were handled, 2.5% more than in Q2 2022.
KSK grain terminal handled 4.1 million tonnes of grain in the first half of 2023, 1.7 times more than a year earlier. At the end of Q2 2023, 2 million tonnes of grain were handled, 1.6 times the result of the same period in 2022.
"The speed of decision-making in a dynamically changing market allowed DeloPorts’ terminals to overcome the transshipment milestones of 330,000 TEU and 4 million tonnes of grain respectively at the end of the first half of the year.
We continue to modernize and develop our terminals, which, together with the efficient work of our team, allows us to increase transshipment volumes, providing our customers with consistently high-quality services," said Igor Yakovenko, DeloPorts Director General, commenting on the results of the first half of 2023.
KSK became Black Sea basin leader in grain transshipment in 2022/2023 season, handling 7.6 million tonnes of grain
KSK grain terminal of Delo Group’s DeloPorts stevedoring holding handled 7.6 million tonnes of grain in the 2022/2023 grain season, an increase of 46% against the previous season's result
KSK ranked first among terminals in the Black Sea basin with its share reaching 30%. The maximum monthly transshipment volume was recorded in March 2023, when KSK shipped a record 801.5 thousand tonnes of grain for export.
Delo Group invested over 9 billion roubles in the development of the grain terminal created from scratch. At the decision of Sergey Shishkarev, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Delo Group, the Group continues to expand the terminal's capacity and upgrade machinery and equipment in order to meet the growing grain export volumes.
"We expect that due to well-coordinated efficient work and organization of the terminal's operational activities next season we will be able to surpass the achieved transshipment figure while maintaining a consistently high level of customer service," said Igor Yakovenko, DeloPorts Director General.
Delo Group started grain transshipment at the KSK terminal in the port of Novorossiysk in 2007. The terminal's unique infrastructure allows for the transshipment of bulk, general and ro-ro cargo.
Vessels are handled at three berths, including the deepest in the Azov-Black Sea basin, which can accommodate vessels with a cargo capacity of up to 100,000 tonnes and a draft of up to 15.9 meters.
The terminal has its own certified laboratory, with its specialists checking the quality of grain for export.
NUTEP terminal of Delo Group handled 5-millionth container
In May 2023, the NUTEP container terminal (part of DeloPorts, the stevedoring asset of Delo Group) handled its five-millionth container since it was put into operation in 2004.
The NUTEP terminal was created from scratch in the port of Novorossiysk. As part of a large-scale investment program, Delo Group invested more than 14 billion rubles in the terminal expansion, constructing a unique deepwater berth and developed adjacent infrastructure, and purchasing modern equipment. This brought the terminal's capacity up to 700,000 TEU in 2019.
In 19 years of operation, the terminal has received about 6,000 ship calls, the largest handled vessel was a container ship 299.9 m long with a capacity of 7,114 TEU.
At the end of 2022 the volume of transshipment reached a record 582.5 thousand TEU (+6.8% compared to 2021). During the first five months of 2023, NUTEP handled 294,000 TEU, 26% more than during the same period in 2022. The terminal's share in the Novorossiysk port container turnover reached 67%.
"NUTEP is the most modern container terminal in Southern Russia. Today, with the reorientation of cargo flows and the launch of new services through Novorossiysk, we continue implementing projects to modernize the terminal: by 2025 we plan to upgrade the rear storage area, purchase and putting into operation new transshipment equipment," - said Igor Yakovenko, DeloPorts Director General.
DeloPorts terminals set new container and grain handling records in March 2023
KSK and NUTEP terminals (both part of DeloPorts, the stevedoring asset of Delo Group) set new monthly cargo handling records in March 2023.
KSK Grain Terminal handled 801,500 tons of grain, exceeding the March 2022 figure by 68% and the previous record set in January 2023 by 11%. In the first quarter of 2023, KSK handled 2 million 48 thousand tons of grain, 72% more than in the same period in 2022.
NUTEP container terminal also set a record in March 2023, handling 70,100 TEU, a 6% increase over the previous record (January 2023). Compared to March 2022, the volume of container transshipment doubled. In total, 185.2 thousand TEU were handled in the first quarter of 2023, 31% more than the result of the first quarter of 2022.
Commenting on the March 2023 results, DeloPorts Director General Igor Yakovenko said: "In light of the ongoing reorientation of cargo flows and development of services through the ports of Southern Russia, DeloPorts terminals took on additional volumes, provided by the synergy of work with other assets of Delo Group, among other things. Previously implemented infrastructure modernization projects allowed us to form a reserve to increase cargo turnover, and the invariably high quality of service allowed us to create comfortable conditions for our clients".
Delo Group terminals won the Best Stevedoring Company contest
The winners were announced at the annual ASOP conference in St. Petersburg on March 30, 2023.
KSK terminal was named the best among grain handling stevedoring companies. KSK Grain Terminal in 2022 handled a record 5.972 million tons of grain for export, 24.2% more than the previous year.
VSC, located in the port of Vostochny in Primorsky Krai, won in the category of container transshipment stevedoring companies.
ASOP hosts the Best Stevedoring Company contest on behalf of the Federal Agency for Sea and Inland Water Transport (Rosmorrechflot). The goal of the contest is to determine best performing Russian stevedoring companies and to share their experience with other stevedoring companies operating in Russian ports. ASOP experts evaluate marine terminals by volume and dynamics of cargo turnover, customer relationship and range of services, financial indicators, investments, and other criteria.
Delo Group demographic program made available to all 11 000 employees of the Group
The unified corporate standard to stimulate the birth rate in employees' families, improve the quality of life and support employees with children meets the goals of the Demography national project and was developed at the initiative of Sergey Shishkaryov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Delo Group.
The standard provides for progressive amounts of benefits and their drastic increase with the birth of the third child, including payment of 1 million rubles for the birth of the third and subsequent children. In addition, a set of measures includes additional payments during maternity leave, additional sick leave benefits during pregnancy and upon early return from maternity leave, compensation for kindergarten and children's camp trips, expansion of the voluntary medical insurance program for employees and others.
The Group companies have introduced a “social manager” position to organize work with employees in terms of the corporate program, as well as to inform them about the system of state benefits.
Commenting on the implementation of the Group’s demographic project, Alexander Osipov, HR Director of Delo Management Company, said: “We see the demand for the program among employees. In the second half of 2022, 880 employees of TransContainer took advantage of various support measures, and eight families with many children received financial aid of one million rubles. We expect that the adopted standard will become an effective tool to help improve the demographic situation in the country.”
DeloPorts terminals handled record volumes of cargo in January 2023
Due to previously implemented investment projects, capacity expansion and the use of modern technology, the terminal is systematically increasing the volume of throughput in view of grain exports growth. In 2022 a record 5.97 million tons of grain were handled (+24.2% compared to 2021).
NUTEP Container Terminal also set an absolute monthly record volume of cargo in its history in January 2023, reaching 66 186 TEU, +28.4% compared to January 2022 and +2.7% compared to the December 2022 record (64 445 TEU).
"We set new records at both terminals in Novorossiysk thanks to our coordinated and smooth operation, clear organization and competent work planning. Understanding the growing needs of the market and the difficult situation related to the restructuring of logistics, we are focusing our efforts on further development of infrastructure and increasing the efficiency of operations," said Igor Yakovenko, CEO of DeloPorts.
Under a comprehensive investment project for the reconstruction of NUTEP and KSK terminals (2015-2021), the total investment of the Group amounted to 335 million dollars of its own funds, with no involvement of state funds. While expecting further container and grain cargo traffic growth, DeloPorts plans to implement a number of projects aimed at increasing the capacity of KSK and NUTEP terminals.
DeloPorts was highly rated in ESG by the ACRA rating agency.
DeloPorts (stevedoring asset of Delo Group) was highly rated in environmental, social responsibility and governance by the Russian Analytical Credit Rating Agency (ACRA).
Assignment of ESG-rating ESG-5, ESG-C category indicates the company's attention to the key factors of sustainable development.
DeloPorts received the highest rating for the company's social impact factor and its actions to minimize social risks. The level of the company's social investments had the greatest positive impact. In addition, the score was raised for the presence of practices of using automated security control systems, as well as for the high percentage of women on the company's Board of Directors. ACRA also notes the level of elaboration and detailing of procedures in employee safety and respect for human rights in labor practices.
Igor Yakovenko, CEO of DeloPorts, commented on the ESG rating: "The company is attentive to doing business in the region of its presence, social responsibility and care for the environment. These areas are basic from the point of view of sustainable development. DeloPorts terminals, for example, have been using electricity from a renewable "green" source - wind for the second year. We thank our colleagues from ACRA for such a high assessment of our activities in the field of ESG and are focused on further development".
Delo Group doubled handling speed for ferry cargoes from Turkey
Stevedoring company DeloPorts and multimodal transport operator RUSCON (both members of Delo Group) doubled the handling speed of ferries with trucks arriving from Turkey to Novorossiysk.
The processing time per vehicle unit was lowered to 17 minutes since the launch of a ferry line in November 2022. The process includes procedures from the moment the vessel is moored to the arrival of vehicles at the inland terminal: unloading, border control, initial customs inspection, transport control and equipping semi-trailers with navigation seals, as well as transportation to the inland terminal.
Reducing the processing time for vehicles will improve the quality of services and increase the throughput volume. Since November 2022 the total of 430 trucks and 191 units of other rolling equipment have been processed at the NUTEP terminal as part of the ferry line.
CEO of DeloPorts Igor Yakovenko noted: "Thanks to a well-organized cooperation of all agencies involved in handling vehicles, we managed to significantly improve the quality of the process in a short time and now we can gradually increase the volume of trucks’ traffic through the port of Novorossiysk, providing a reliable service for importers.
The project of the development of cargo ferry transportation between Russia and Turkey was designed and implemented by the order of the First Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation A.R.Belousov by the Ministry of Transport of Russia together with the interested federal executive bodies, business structures and with active participation of the Russian Export Center. The first reception of the ferry in Novorossiysk took place on November 26, 2022.
DeloPorts terminals handled record volumes of containers and grain in 2022
NUTEP Container Terminal and KSK Grain Terminal (both part of DeloPorts, the stevedoring asset of Delo Group) set an absolute record of cargo throughput in 2022.
NUTEP handled 582,498 TEU, a 6.8% increase compared to 2021. The terminal also set a monthly record in December 2022 with 64,445 TEU. The previous record of 58,577 TEU throughput was set in March 2021. KSK handled 5.972 million tons of grain export in 2022, a 24.2% increase year on year.
Igor Yakovenko, CEO of DeloPorts commented on the operating results: "In the container segment we were able to stabilize the situation despite the overall decline in transshipment volumes in the Azov-Black Sea basin, caused by the departure of global shipping lines. DeloPorts maintained high quality of service and built new logistics chains in cooperation with other companies of the Delo Group.
We remain a reliable partner for Russian grain producers. Previously implemented investment projects, expansion of the KSK throughput capacity and the application of modern equipment allowed us to be prepared to meet the exceeded demand of exporters and for further increase of handling volumes in 2023".