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Russia expands Black Sea container port

NOVOROSSIYSK: November 18, 2015: The construction of a deepwater berth at the NUTEP terminal in the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk will allow Russia to offer regular year-round calls for vessels up to 10,000 TEUs for the first time.

NUTEP, a subsidiary of DeloPorts and sister company to multimodal transport specialist Ruscon, is already the largest container terminal in Novorossiysk but currently handles most deepsea cargo via transshipment at Istanbul or Piraeus.

CMA CGM Elbe - Konstantin Kalugin, CCO of NUTEP said: "The new deepwater quay will alter the status quo on the Black Sea and change existing supply chain networks in the region. It will reduce both shipping and terminal costs for clients and increase delivery speed by 4-12 days for cargo headed for Russia." As part of the project, the NUTEP terminal will double in capacity to handle 700,000 TEU per annum.

CMA CGM already operates several vessels of around 10,000 TEU (right) specifically designed to meet the constraints of navigating the Bosphorus and accessing Russia's Black Sea container ports of Odessa and Ilyichevsk.

DeloPorts also owns and operates a grain terminal and a bunkering services company in Novorossiysk. A spokesman said the NUTEP expansion is an integral part of the company's strategy to develop the stevedoring assets of the group. "We are investing in our facilities to ensure we can continue to offer our customers exactly what they need: fast, reliable and cost-effective services."

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