Capacity of Russia's seaports to grow by over 300 mln tonnes by 2024
MOSCOW. Aug 6 (Interfax) - The capacity of ports in the Far Eastern, Northwestern, Volga-Caspian, and Azov-Black Sea basins of Russia will grow by more than 300 million tonnes over the next four years, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin said in an interview with Interfax on Thursday.
"The development of ports in the Far Eastern, northwestern, Volga-Caspian, and Azov-Black Sea basins has been planned for the period through 2024. Four years from now, their capacity will have increased by more than 300 million tonnes," Khusnullin said.
A major boost will be given to the Vanino port in the Khabarovsk Territory, and its transshipment capacity will be enlarged by 45 million tonnes by 2024, Khusnullin said. "First and foremost, there are plans to build new facilities and to develop the coal terminals that are already there," he said.
The northwestern basin is no less important to Russia, Khusnullin said. "For instance, Ust-Luga, which is the biggest seaport of both Russia and the entire Baltic coast, will acquire new marine terminals by 2024 for handling mineral fertilizers, coal, grain, and general cargo with an overall weight nearing 42 million tonnes," he said.