Our cooperation with the Japanese colleagues continues. At a recent presentation of the investment environment of the Leningrad Region and St. Petersburg, Daisuke Saito, the head of the Japanese Association for Trade with Russia and the Newly Independent States (ROTOBO), noted that transport and logistics are in the priority zone of interests of Japanese business.
Therefore, the next step in getting to know the Leningrad region was the visit of the Japanese delegation to Ust-Luga. In a matter of days, the Economic Development Agency of the Leningrad region has made it possible.
Representatives of ROTOBO and the Japanese Consulate General examined the operating and the under-construction terminals of the marine port of the Baltic Sea.
The first stop was the multi-purpose transport and logistics hub Lugaport, designed for 24 million tons of cargo per year at full capacity. The scale of construction was impressive. The first cargoes will be received here in 2022, and the construction of the terminal will be completed by 2024. The Economic Development Agency of the Leningrad region chaperones the project realization.
Further - the oldest terminal in Ust-Luga JSC "Rosterminalugol", which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. This is a specialized coal terminal with high-tech coal transshipment. The Japanese delegation was surprised by the best accessible technologies: the level of automation is 98%, the introduction of a multi-stage magnetic coal cleaning system, eliminating metal contamination, the fast loading of large vessels, the maintenance of a high level of industrial ecology, etc. For 9 months of 2021, the terminal shipped over 19 million tons of coal for export.
The delegation also visited the heart of Ust-Luga - the Luzhskaya station. The station has introduced unique technologies for automating the sorting process. This allows us to meet the growing demand of terminals, including the long-term perspective.
In delegation’s opinion, the scale and capabilities of the port of Ust-Luga were impressive. We are confident that the expansion of cooperation with Japanese businesses is in the offing.
We express our special gratitude for the help in organizing the trip to the administration of the Kingisepp district.