OREANDA-NEWS. February 17, 2012. OJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel (hereinafter MMC Norilsk Nickel or the Company) sums up the results of its transport and logistics division operation in 2011, reported the press-centre of Norilsk Nickel.

The transport and logistics department ensures forwarding of all Companys cargo by water, railway, automotive, and aviation transport. In 2011, the total volume of cargo forwarded (all business units and departments of MMC Norilsk Nickel) was 2.8 million tons, including 1.1 million tons forwarded along Northern Sea Route and 1.7 million tons forwarded along Yenissei river.

The bulk of cargo transportation is done by the Companys own cargo ships at the following main routes: Dudinka-Murmansk-Arkhangelsk and Dudinka/Murmansk-Hamburg-Rotterdam. Furthermore, in 2011 Zapolyarny diesel-electric propulsion ship completed Companys second direct voyage with export metal products along eastern part of Northern Sea Route to Shanghai port.

In 2011, own container ships of the Company accomplished a total of 60 voyages, including five direct voyages to the European ports and one direct voyage to South East Asia.

In 2011, the Company continued to develop its transport and logistics assets in systematic and consistent fashion. Norilsk Nickel container ship was modernized and equipped with two state-of-the-art Liebherr ship cranes (cargo capacity 45 tons), the total container capacity of the ships was increased by 68 regular 20-feet containers and by 27 refrigerator containers. The two ships with own ship cargo cranes shall provide for the improved rate of the Companys metal products loading during anchorage throughout annual spring-summer Yenissei river flooding, before Dudinka port opens.

In September 2011 the new, sixth Companys own reinforced ice class vessel (ARC 7 under RMRS classification) was commissioned. The Yenissei tanker can carry over 15 thousand tons of cargo, it is able to deliver fuel and petroleum products to Norilsk Industrial Area and take Pelyatkinsk gas condensate back to sale markets all-the-year-round. In Q4, 2011 Yenissei tanker completed two voyages and exported around 25 thousand tons of gas condensate.

In accordance with the established schedule, specialists of the Company continue to erect and develop MMC Norilsk Nickel transfer terminal in port of Murmansk. As of the end 2011, around RUB 996 million were invested into development of own terminal port infrastructure. The Companys Murmansk Transport Department is included into the Register of Temporary Storage Warehouses and, therefore, is now ready for full cycle transport and logistic operations required for transshipment of equipment, machinery and other Companys cargo imported. Temporary storage warehouse is a roofed storage area of 720 sq. m. and open storage of 2650 sq.m. It is equipped with all control and supervision means necessary for placement and storage of imported cargo during customs clearance.

In 2011 the Company started to operate new ISO 1SH containers (capacity 30.48 tons), which are specifically purported for dangerous cargo forwarding. The design of these containers was developed for the Companys icebreaker vessels with account for particular features of the Companys cargo items. The containers height is decreased two-fold in comparison with standard containers height, and the cargo capacity is increased by 6.5 tons. Forwarding cargo in the containers shall make it possible to cut Companys transportation costs by ensuring maximum load of cargo vessels. 1,500 ISO 1SH containers were commissioned in 2011.