About NCSP Group
NCSP Group is the leading stevedoring company in Russia and the third largest European port operator by cargo turnover. NCSP Group includes ten specialized stevedoring companies operating at ports in the Azov-Black Sea and Baltic basins.
NCSP Group includes Russia’s two largest ports by cargo turnover — Novorossiysk on the Black Sea and Primorsk on the Baltic Sea — making it a leader in the country’s stevedoring services market.
Novorossiysk Port is the largest port in the Azov-Black Sea basin and in Russia as a whole. The port’s cargo turnover was 86.8 million tonnes in 2012, of which NCSP Group handled 83.0 million tonnes. NCSP Group companies handle 95.6% of the cargo at Novorossiysk Port and 47.0% of the cargo shipped through all ports in the Azov-Black Sea basin.
Primorsk is Russia’s second largest port by cargo turnover and one of the biggest in the Baltic. It handled 74.9 million tonnes of cargo in 2012, representing 13.2% of total turnover at Russian seaports and 36.1% of cargo at ports in the Baltic basin. LLC Primorsk Trade Port, an NCSP Group company, handles 100% of the cargo at the port of Primorsk (data from the Association of Commercial Seaports of Russia, or ASOP).
The Group’s second asset on the Baltic is the LLC Baltic Stevedoring Company’s container terminal at the port of Baltiysk in Kaliningrad Region, which currently handles half of all containers in the Baltic exclave. The terminal handled 185,100 TEU in 2012, amounting to 1.0 million tonnes or 7.8% of all cargo in the region, according to ASOP.
Novorossiysk Port is located in the eastern part of the Black Sea, in the Novorossiysk (Tsemes) Bay.
Competitive advantages of Novorossiysk Port:
- Good location. The port lies at the crossroads of international transport corridors that connect Russia to the Mediterranean Sea, the Middle East, Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and North and South America
- The only deepwater port in southern Russia. NCSP Group operates the deepest berths in the CIS and the Baltic region: the maximum depth is 24.5 meters at oil loading terminal and 14.5 meters at berths for transshipment of bulk, general and container cargo
- Favorable natural conditions. Ice-free Tsemes Bay allows year-round operations, and the port’s system of seawalls and breakwaters provides sufficient protection for port facilities, minimizing downtime due to weather conditions
- Ample covered and open storage facilities
- State-of-the-art handling equipment
- Own fleet
- Extensive road, rail and pipeline infrastructure
- Assets flexible to enable timely response to shifts in trends on the Russian and global shipping markets
Primorsk Port is located on the mainland coast of the Bjerkesund Strait on the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea.
Competitive advantages of Primorsk Port:
- Largest port for handling crude oil and oil products in the Russia’s Northwest. The port is the end point of the Baltic Pipeline System that transports oil from fields in the Timan-Pechora, Western Siberia and Volga-Urals regions of Russia
- A modern and promising transport hub in the Russia’s Northwest. The port was built in 2001-2005 and therefore does not require major expenditures on capital repairs and upgrades
- Good location. The port is close to Western and Northern Europe, at the crossroads of European foreign trade and transit cargo shipments
- Favorable natural conditions allow year-round operations of the port and shipping with a short period of ice channeling
- Natural depth. Maximum depth at berths is 17.8 meters
- Own fleet
Baltiysk Port is located on the Strait of Baltiysk, connecting the Gulf of Kaliningrad (Vislin) with the Baltic Sea, at the entrance to the Kaliningrad Sea Canal, which provides access from the Baltic Sea to the Kaliningrad Seaport.
Competitive advantages of Baltiysk Port:
- Good location. The port is located in the center of the Baltic Sea, close to Western and Northern Europe
- Natural depth. The port is located at the entrance to the Kaliningrad Sea Canal, in its deepwater section, which enables it to accommodate large ships with a draft of up to 9.2 meters
- Favorable natural conditions. The icefree waters allow year-round operation of the port. Unlike the port of Kaliningrad, Baltiysk’s access to the open sea provides favorable navigation conditions for liner traffic, as it eliminates the need for piloting ships through the Kaliningrad Sea Canal
- Ample storage facilities
- Developed transport infrastructure. The port has a developed network of transport links with the European part of Russia and countries in Central and Eastern Europe, including the ability to ship cargo by railroad with Russian and European gage. A direct road link to Kaliningrad significantly accelerates cargo delivery.