Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg (CTSP, member of UCL Holding), Russia, invested about RUR 1.5 bln (approx. USD 22.4 mln) in the terminal development in 2016, which is 2.3 times more than in 2015. The funding was used to purchase new equipment and upgrading engineering facilities, as announced in the company’s press release this week.
Thus, the major part (RUR 1.2 bln) was spent on acquisition of handling equipment, vehicles and tools. In 2016 the company bought two mobile harbour cranes Liebherr LHM-550, including spreaders, with maximum lifting capacity of 140t; three 40t RTG cranes by Konecranes; three 45t Kalmar reach stackers and seven Kalmar terminal tractors with 65t Seacom semitrailers.
To make operations safer, anti-collision laser sensors were installed on the STS and RTG cranes.
In order to comply with the SOLAS container weight verification requirements, the terminal purchased BCA-P weighbridge registering the weight of incoming trucks with loaded containers.
Over RUR 284.7 mln were invested into the port infrastructure and engineering facilities. This included installation of the metal gate to prevent unauthorized access to the terminal by rail, the fence protecting the diesel tanks of the boiler house, the fuel monitoring system for vehicles and the filling station and upgrade of the air conditioning and firefighting systems.
Besides, RUR 14.4 mln were spent on the expansion of the existing video surveillance system and upgrading of IT infrastructure.
Regular investments into the terminal development boosted its capacity to 750,000 TEU and made it possible to increase its throughput dramatically by 40% in 2016, up to 557,820 TEU, making CTSP the largest container terminal in Russia.