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LUGAPORT terminal equipped with high-performance gantry cranes

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As part of the investment project for the construction of a universal terminal complex LUGAPORT in the port of Ust-Luga in the Leningrad Region, Russia, Novotrans Holding has started purchasing heavy lifting equipment.

CJSC ‘SMM’ (St. Petersburg) will supply two portal cranes of the Vityaz series to the terminal, designed for operation in hook, grab, magnetic, and spreader modes. The cranes are designed and manufactured as part of the comprehensive plan of the state programme for import substitution. They will be used for transhipment of bulk and general cargo at the terminal in wagon-ship-wagon and wagon-warehouse-ship modes.

“The planned volume of transhipment of bulk and general cargo at the LUGAPORT terminal is more than 16 million tpy. Vityaz cranes belong to the modern generation of port handling equipment and have operational characteristics that create great advantages in the speed of cargo transhipment and will allow us to achieve our performance targets. The factor of territorial proximity of the manufacturer to the terminal is also important, which will significantly speed up the delivery and installation of equipment,” said Alexei Zharkov, Deputy General Director for Development of Port Assets at Novotrans Aktiv LLC.

“The cranes supplied by CJSC ‘SMM’ are high-performance and versatile lifting equipment with low operating costs, surpassing the best foreign counterparts in many respects. The cranes of this series fully comply with the specifics of the cargo traffic that will be handled at the LUGAPORT terminal. They will allow for cargo operations to be carried out at an outreach of the boom from 9 to 45 m, their maximum carrying capacity is 63 t. The metal structures and mechanisms of the cranes will have the highest indicators of durability and reliability,” said Sergei Pokrovsky, First Deputy General Director of ZAO SMM.

Recall that within the framework of the LUGAPORT project, complexes for transhipment of general, bulk, grain and food cargo with a total capacity of 24.3 million tpy will be created. The commissioning of the universal terminal will be carried out in stages. The first stage of construction is planned to be completed in 2023, the second – at the beginning of 2024, the third – at the end of 2024. The terminal will be able to receive up to 1100 wagons per day from the Luzhskaya General junction station. 11 gantry cranes and three ship loading machines will operate at five berths. The terminal will handle vessels of the Panamax, New-Panamax, Baby-Capesize class.

LUGAPORT design documentation has successfully passed the state environmental expertise. The terminal will be equipped with closed-type conveyor and reloading equipment, which excludes dust removal into the external environment, modern dust suppression and aspiration systems. Rigid dust screen technology and ‘dry fog’ pile irrigation system will be used for transhipment.

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