Volga Baikal AGRO NEWS Update on the Future of Port Shipments !!!
Within ten years, port shipments of grain can reach 60 million tons !!!
The potential for exports through the Baltic increases !!!
In a ten-year perspective, Russia may increase port shipments of grain by 50%. This was told by Vladimir Petrichenko, CEO of the analytical company ProZerno, which became the organizer of the Baltic Grain Assembly “White Nights”, which started on July 7 in St. Petersburg.
In his speech, Petrichenko noted that in 2020 and 2021, the cargo turnover in the ports slightly decreased compared to 2019, the main reason for this dynamics was the COVID-19 pandemic. “January-May of this year do not look pessimistic: port shipments remained at the level of the same period in 2021, despite a special military operation,” the expert added. According to the latest data, the port of Novorossiysk became the largest in terms of shipments, the Baltic port of Ust-Luga took second place.
Last year, in the structure of port cargo turnover, according to the Ministry of Transport, grain shipments took fifth place – their volume amounted to 42 million tons. Petrichenko appreciated.
Analysts of the Vysotsky port from the Leningrad Region are also counting on an increase in grain shipments, according to which by 2030 Russia can increase grain production to 147 million tons, of which up to 85 million tons will be for domestic consumption.
Andrey Garnukhin, a member of the board of directors of Vysotsky, recalled that until recently the port was a coal port, the transshipment volume in 2018 amounted to 8 million tons. “However, in a changing situation, an unprecedented decision was made to move away from coal transshipment and move to an agricultural cluster,” said he is in the assembly.
At the first stage, the construction of a grain terminal began in the port. Its design capacity for transshipment will be 7 million tons. It will be equipped with warehouses for 176 thousand tons of products, which will make it possible to save export lots without loss of quality, unloading capacity will be 120 wagons per day. It is assumed that the laboratory of the Grain Quality Assessment Center will operate at the terminal for the most efficient monitoring of batches, so that the customs service quickly receives data on the results of the analysis.
At the next stage, the construction of a terminal for the transshipment of pulp, meal, legumes and oilseeds, the output of which has been growing in recent years, will begin. “There is a demand for this direction. At the moment, the volume of transshipment of vegetable oils through the Russian Baltic in the export-import direction can range from 500 thousand tons to 1 million tons,” Garnukhin estimated. According to him, the potential for shipments through the Baltic is now increasing, especially given the restrictions that exist in the South, but the region requires specialized facilities for transshipment of agricultural products.