Metallurgical enterprises of Mariupol forced to switch to Maritime transport

Frontline metallurgical enterprises of Mariupol – Mariupol metallurgical combine them.Ilyich (MMK) and Azovstal (both – Mariupol, Donetsk region), entering into group “Metinvest”, ascertain the prevalence of low bandwidth recently updated W/d moving to the Kamysh-Zarya – Volnovaha and are forced to deliver raw materials by sea.

“Because, “Ukrzaliznytsya” and are unable to provide the necessary bandwidth for the station Kamysh-Zarya – Volnovakha for Mariupol stable work of the enterprises (even after reconstruction, which ended may 25, 2017, and the personal involvement of the Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman to the opening of the reconstructed line between stations Zacharievka and Rozovka) – capacity from 2 to 6 June was only about 16 freight trains per day, which is half below declared “Ukrzaliznytsya” level 24 of a freight train, the group “Metinvest” was forced to seek alternative, but unfortunately, the more expensive options of supply of raw materials,” wrote General Director MMK to them. Ilyich Yury Zinchenko on his page on the social network Facebook on Tuesday evening.

According to him, one of the solutions for the delivery of goods is the procurement of limestone to distant markets from shipping Maritime transport through Mariupol sea trading port, which will allow to bring raw materials to the steel without the use of the stretch Kamysh-Zarya – Volnovaha.

“And here, in the first decade of June the port of Mariupol for the first time will take a batch of limestone for Ilyich iron and steel works – the ship “NAVIOS HIOS” under the flag of Greece class Supramax (length 190 m, width 32,3 m, deadweight of 55.2 thousand tons) brought 52.2 thousand tons of limestone, part of which was unloaded in international waters and taken to the port by the ship “Behcet C”, – said a top Manager.

He stressed that this is the first test shipment of limestone from the UAE. The success of this trial shipments depends on whether the continued procurement of limestone abroad in volumes 50-55 thousand tons per month and delivery to the factories via the port of Mariupol.

The CEO added that in the conditions of insufficient loading port and given the potential of this additional traffic, the group “Metinvest” expects that the port will cope with the task and will solve the issues of call safe, efficient and quality handling at minimum cost for these services for plants.

“And the last cry of the soul. Last week in Mariupol, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman finally opened the long-awaited reconstructed section of the Kamysh-Zarya – Volnovaha wished metallurgists productive work – for the benefit of all barriers now removed. However, even after this management BONDS may not provide the required bandwidth. The result is a two-month renovation – zero. 16 freight trains we’ve received in the I quarter of 2017, before the reconstruction and the forced reduction of crossing for repair of Windows in April-may. This attitude from the leadership of km to the problem of the semi-million city is either sabotage, or outright incompetent,” said Zinchenko.

“Azovstal” and MMK im. Lenin belong to the group “Metinvest”, the main shareholders of which are JSC “System capital Management” (71,24%) and the group of companies “Smart-holding” (from 23.76%).

OOO “Metinvest holding” – managing company of Metinvest group.