NUTEP, a container terminal operator in the Black Sea Port of Novorossiysk, has completed the latest phase of its development program with the upgrade of its railway facilities.
The company has removed the original rail lines, built a new yard at the rear of the terminal and increased block train capacity to 30 trains (about 112 20-foot-equivalent units) per month.
The total length of the railway lines is now more than 4 kilometers (about 2.5 miles) and, at 425 meters each (about 1,394 feet), the two new loading sidings allow NUTEP to handle two block trains per day. Two dedicated rail stackers are able to handle traffic at both sidings at the same time.
Terminal storage has been increased by the removal of the old railway lines, bringing the intake capacity up to more than 11,000 TEUs.
In 2012, Timofey Telyatnik, chairman of the board of directors of NUTEP’s parent company, GC “Delo,” announced plans to triple the capacity of the container terminal to accommodate ongoing growth. In 2012, NUTEP handled 215,307 TEUs, which was 7.6 higher than the level in 2011.
The company also plans to invest in the construction of an extra container berth, which will be able to handle ships of up to 6,000 TEUs, bringing the total capacity at NUTEP to 600,000 TEUs by early 2016.