Two modern self-propelled barges with a combined deadweight of 15,000 tons will join the auxiliary fleet of Shakhtersk coal seaport on Sakhalin Island. The vessels will increase the port’s coal processing capacity by 1.9 million tons per year, the press service of the “Eastern Mining Company” told TASS reporters.
It was noted that the barges are now being towed from the port of Moulamyain (Myanmar) to the shipyard in the Chinese Weihai district for modernization. After completion the barges will be registered in the Russian International Register of Ships and repositioned to the RINA class of the international classification society RINA S.p.A. (Registro Italiano Navale). Then the barges will be towed to the Sakhalin port of Shakhtersk and will commence coal reloading operations by the beginning of 2021 navigational period.
“The purchase of two additional self-propelled barges will help optimize the sea cycle and increase the port’s throughput by 1.9 million tons per year. The new barges were purchased with the attraction of investments from the company “Rocktree VGK STV”, which was created to develop offshore coal shipment in the Uglegorsk region (Sakhalin) in the free port of Vladivostok (FPV) mode. The investments amounted to about 690 million rubles”, the press service said.
According to the company, currently the port’s throughput capacity is 11-12 million tons per year. Thanks to the new barges named ‘Star Excellence’ and ‘Star Success’, the figure will increase to 14 million tons per year, which is a significant progress for the export of solid fuel to the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. The “Eastern Mining Company” LLC is the main coal mining enterprise in the Sakhalin Region, which accounts for about 80% of all coal production in the region. The confirmed reserves exceed 300 million tons of coal on Sakhalin Island and more than 100 million tons have been explored in the Magadan region. Its main assets – “Solntsevsky coal mine LLC” and Shakhtersk coal seaport operating in the framework of the Free Port regime –were acquired by the company in 2013.