On 7th-10th October 2017 an important event connected with scrap metal loading onto m\v “South River” took place at berth 10 of Kaliningrad Sea Commercial port, JSC. Despite bad weather conditions (wind, rain) the vessel passed through the channel and berthed in due time owing to proper actions taken by specialists of Kaliningrad Port Authority.
Well-coordinated actions of Border Guard Service and Customs Service representatives, as well as forwarding and shipping agents allowed the port to start handling operations without delay. The utilization of new clamshell buckets with higher load capacity enabled the port to achieve the loading rate of 4300 tons per day and complete loading of 12000 tons of cargo onto the vessel within 67,5 hours.
This event is significant both for the port and Secondary Metals, LLC, as equivalent quantity of scrap metal to be delivered to Turkey was shipped at the berth of the port for the first time in the 20th century. Turkey is considered the most promising market for scrap metal, and the possibility of loading large vessels at berths of the port will increase competitive advantages both of KSCP, JSC and Kaliningrad trading companies which deal with scrap metal.