Russian Far East ports have potential to attract container lines, UASC representative says
Ports of Russian Far East (Primorsk Territory) are potentially attractive for direct calls of global container services, IAA PortNews journalist refers to Kirill Tulenev, Managing Director at Formag Liner LLC (as Agent for United Arab Shipping Company), as saying at the Conference “Transport Service Industry and Development of Far East Transport Infrastructure” in Moscow.
According to him, these ports are able to increase regular calls of ocean container vessels and, under certain conditions (tariff regulation and infrastructure development), operate cargo traffics from northern China.
Besides, an essential advantage of Russia’s Far East port against the foreign ports is a competitive bunker price.
Kirill Tulenev noted that containerships exceeding capacity 13,000 TEUs become basic mainline vessels on the services Far East - Northern Europe. Expert said that producing cost of container slot will optimize in nearest years. This will be driven by growing capacity of containerships and enhancement of their energy efficiency.
By that time, Russian Far East should have infrastructure ensuring positive demand for container transshipment both through the development of railway approaches and involving transit cargo flows from the northern regions of China.
Moreover, the interest of container lines to the Far East ports can be supported by consolidation of cargo flows in neighboring countries, Japan and Korea.