Odessa celebrates leap in throughput

01 Jun 2007

Changing fortunes: throughput is on the up at Odessa

The container terminal at the Novorossiysk’ s neighbouring port of Odessa, which is run by a subsidiary of Hamburg Port Consulting, handled 395,563 teu in 2006 compared with 279,812 teu the year before. This 41% increase, notes public relations deputy general director Svetlana Yarovaya, can be attributed to a number of factors, including improved organisation of the terminal, the introduction of new equipment and working methods, and improvement to the CTIS system. 

Two new services are also calling, operated by Mediterranean Shipping Company and the Shipping Corporation of India. “For 2007, we are expecting further increases of 25%-30%, which will be helped by further modernisation of the terminal and the putting into service of a new gantry crane,” predicts Ms Yarovaya.

Odessa currently has two quayside gantry cranes and four yard cranes currently operational. In June, the terminal will commence operation with a new Liebherr ship-to-shore crane, with a further two rubber-tyred gantries earmarked to arrive in October, followed by a further two in early 2008. This, according to Ms Yarovaya, should raise productivity by 25%-30%.

“At present, we average 20-25 moves-per-crane-hour, which is one of the best results you will find in any Ukrainian port,” she says, adding that, presently, transhipment accounts for an insignificant part of the terminal’s turnover.

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