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28 may 2013
Ukraine gets a unique roadstead loader.

"Afina” bulker, which had been reequipped to become a roadstead loader, successfully conducted its first loading of a Capesize ship on May 27 2013. An additional loading of 32,000 tons took “Afina” two days. We are looking into halving that time in the future.

A similar reequipped-to-loader ship of ours, “Alina”, did the same job in 4 days during its first passage. Today, it takes just 2 days. Both “Afina” and “Alina” are 35,000 DWT. “Afina” is equipped with more powerful cranes, has lesser draught and higher speed.

«Transship» conducted the complex process of re-equipment on “Craneship” shipyard. “Zaliv” factory (location: Kerch). The ship has been equipped with two Leibherr loading cranes with a capacity of 45 tons each and boom length of 38+10 m. We installed a maneuvering propulsion device, and upgraded the power supply. The ship has kept its bulker capabilities – it can sail to any location across the globe to deliver the cargo.

The new loader gives a significant boost to the capacity of Ukrainian ports. The loading costs USD5 per ton, but since Capesizes can only be additionally loaded with a quarter of the shipload, the cost per ton actually increases by USD1,25 compared with dock loading. Thus, the cost-saving for cargo transportation to South-Eastern Asia is up to USD10 per ton.

Currently it’s economically inadvisable to fully load Capesizes at the port berths. Increasing the depth of approaching channel on the Yuzhny Trade Port up to 21 m. will cost around USD500 million. The operation would be legitimate in case the transshipment volume reaches 15-20 million tons, which is a twofold increase. That is unreal in the foreseeable future.

If a construction of that scale actually happens, and the transshipment volume does not grow, the shippers will be seriously pressed, while the viability of the ports will decrease dramatically.

See the article on “TRANSPORTATION BUSINESS” portal, available at: www.tbu.com.ua