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VSC completes upgrade of more than 18,000 sq m at Vostochny Port

VSC completes upgrade of more than 18,000 sq m at Vostochny Port
It is the latest achievement as part of VSC's upgrade plan

Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company (VSC) has completed the upgrade of more than 18,000 sq m of storage yard at Vostochny Port, Russia.

The upgrade is the latest achievement in an extensive handling equipment and operating facility upgrade programme which aims to increase capacity and improve efficiency and speed of cargo handling at the terminal.

VSC has completed the renovated 592 m of crane track, replacing utilities and power supply systems, to increase the yard capacity utilisation factor in the area around berth 6.

New surfacing has increased storage capacity by enabling the stacking of containers six high, compared to the three tiers previously.

VSC has already commenced similar reconstruction projects for two more yards with a total area of over 38,000 sq m located in the landside arwea of berths 5-6 with completion due in 2021.

Containers in this area are currently handled by two rail-mounted gantries (RMGs) with a stacking height of 3+1.

New RMG cranes with a capacity of 50 tonnes are set to arrive at VSC facility in the near future which will increase the terminal’s handling speeds and the height of container stacking to 6+1.

Additionally, four new Toyota forklifts have been added to the equipment fleet so that VSC now currently operates 28 forklifts with a capacity of 1.5 to 5 tonnes.

The new forklifts are able to operate both indoors and outdoors and comply with all safety requirements, have Stage IIIA/Tier 3 environmental safety class engines.

VSC has plans to add six new Kalmar T2 terminal tractors to its fleet in the coming quarter, with six new semi-trailers for the tractors with a capacity of 60 tonnes having already been delivered to the terminal.

Last month the company inaugurated a customs bonded storage area which allows customers to store import and exports goods for up to three years without paying customs duties.

The usable area of the open yard is 175 sq m and the usable volume of the covered warehouse is 1,239 cu m.

It has equipment to allow for customs control procedures to take place and also guarantees the safekeeping of the goods with no unauthorised access to the yard.

Alexey Pavlenko, managing director at VSC, said: “We are constantly working to improve services for our customers and the opening of the customs warehouse is yet another step towards meeting the requirements of our customers.

“We expect that this addition will help the customers engaged in foreign economic activity to reduce their costs, as they will not be required to move their goods to customs warehouse yards outside of VSC.”