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July 2016

Statistics of Russian seaports in the first half of 2016

Statistics of Russian seaports in the first half of 2016 In January-June 2016, Russian seaports handled 344.6 mln t of cargo (+6%, year-on-year), says the press center of Association of Commercial Sea Ports.

Transshipment of dry bulk cargo totaled 156.8 mln t (+10.7%) including:

64.7 mln t of coal (+11.9%),

20.8 mln t of containerized cargo (+4.6%),

14.7 mln t of ferrous metal (+7.5%),

12.1 mln t of grain (+29.4%),

10.8 mln t of cargo carried by ferries  (+18.3%),

8.5 mln t of mineral fertilizers (+9.9%),

4.6 mln t of ore (up 1.6 times),

2.8 mln t of timber (+4.4%),

1.9 mln t of non-ferrous metal (+4.4%),

1.5 mln t of reefer cargo (+2.3%).

Transshipment of liquid bulk cargo increased by 2.3% to 187.8 mln t including

111.2 mln t of crude oil (+9.4%),

68.3 mln t of oil products (-7.3%)

6.5 mln t of liquefied gas (+1.4%).

Transshipment of export cargo totaled 276.6 mln t (+6%), import – 15.4 mln t (-6.3%), transit – 24.5 mln t (+0.7%), coastal trade cargo – 28.1 mln t (+19.2%).

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ULCT introduces electronic approval for admission to border control

ULCT introduces electronic approval for admission to border controlUst Luga Container Terminal became the first Russian container terminal to introduce a technology of electronic approval of requests for admission to the border control zone. Reported on the web site of the company.

This unique project substantially simplifies the documents clearance procedure. The new procedure allows customers to remotely obtain passes to the border control zone. This will eliminate the need for visits to the authorities’ offices at ULCT’s premises before bringing a container to/from the terminal and will therefore save customers a lot of time.

The new technology, allows customers to send the required documents electronically via the terminal’s information system, with staff of the authorities approving requests online.

This technology solution was developed by LLC ROLIS, a Global Ports group company, which focuses on terminal management information systems. The technology was implemented as part of Global Ports’ broader program of migrating to an electronic document exchange system.

IMO’s container weight verification rule enters into force

IMO's container weight verification rule enters into forceThe Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), at its ninety-fourth session in November 2014, adopted, inter alia, amendments to SOLAS regulation VI/2, to require the mandatory verification of the gross mass of packed containers. This requirement enters into force today, July 1, 2016.

The verification of the gross mass can be achieved by either of two methods: weighing the packed container; or weighing all packages and cargo items, including the mass of pallets, dunnage and other securing material to be packed in the container and adding the tare mass of the container to the sum of the single masses, using a certified method approved by the competent authority of the State in which packing of the container was completed.

In addition to the amendments to SOLAS regulation VI/2 and with a view to establishing a common approach for the implementation and enforcement of the SOLAS requirements regarding the verification of the gross mass of packed containers, the Maritime Safety Committee approved the Guidelines regarding the verified gross mass of a container carrying cargo (MSC.1/Circ.1475).

The aforementioned SOLAS amendments introduce two main new requirements: the shipper is responsible for providing the verified weight by stating it in the shipping document and submitting it to the master or his representative and to the terminal representative sufficiently in advance to be used in the preparation of the ship stowage plan; and the verified gross mass is a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship.

The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at its 96th session in May 2016 agreed that while there should be no delay in the implementation of the SOLAS requirements, it would be beneficial if Administrations and port State control authorities could take a “practical and pragmatic approach” when enforcing them, for a period of three months immediately following 1 July 2016. This would help ensure that containers that are loaded before 1 July 2016, but transhipped on or after 1 July 2016, reach their final port of discharge without a verified gross mass and it would provide flexibility, for three months immediately after 1 July 2016, to all the stakeholders in containerized transport to refine, if necessary, procedures (e.g. updated software) for documenting, communicating and sharing electronic verified gross mass data.

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