Grain Export by Inland Water Transport Grows 70%
The increase in the volume shipments by water transport, including vessels of the “river-sea” class, the development of inland waterways and the renewal of the cargo fleet will help to increase food exports manifold, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Oksana Lut announced in the Nizhny Novgorod region during the launching ceremony of a new dry cargo vessel of the RSD59 project.
The event was also attended by Vice-Governor of the region Yevgeny Lyulin, General Director of the Krasnoye Sormovo plant Mikhail Pershin, representatives of regional authorities and other guests.
The development of export-oriented agrologistics and commodity distribution network is one of the key areas of the federal project “Export of Agricultural Products”, Ms Lut noted. Recently the role of inland water transport has increased in ensuring the supply of domestic agricultural products abroad. So, according to last year's results, the volume of such export transportation of grain crops grew by almost 70%, to about 2 million tons, she added. In the future, according to Oksana Lut, this figure will only increase, primarily due to the economic advantages of water transport, low transportation costs and the expected increase in demand for these services from farmers.
RSD59 vessels can be used for transportation of general, bulk, container, timber, grain and other cargo in the Caspian, Mediterranean, Black, Baltic, White and North Sea. At the same time, today they are the largest of the bulk carriers meeting dimension requirements of the Volga-Don canal. These vessels are perfectly fit for the transportation of all types of grain and its products. It is planned that 11 similar vessels will be built by the end of next year.