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Noord Natie Ventspils Terminals gains experience in transatlantic transport

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUNoord Natie Ventspils Terminal, in which Ventbunkers holds 30.99% of shares, has launched cooperation with international Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers company.

The first cargo from Baltimore, USA has already been received at Ventspils port. With that, the terminal will begin earning experience in the field of transatlantic cargo transport.

Directly from USA

NNVT welcomed Belgium’s ambassador to Latvia, who visited Ventspils port last week, with news of good development. The first transatlantic shipment was serviced this spring and a contract regarding future cooperation has been signed as well. This creates a good opportunity to develop cargo transport service from Ventspils to eastern coast of USA and St Petersburg. The range of different cargo types handled at the terminal has also increased, as reported by Ventasbalss with reference to NNVT.

NNVT Board member Viktorija Zelenkevica says Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers is a very fast multi-functional transatlantic ferry line. Its ships travel regularly along ports like New York, Baltimore, Houston, New Orleans, Tampa and St Petersburg in Russia. Ships reach Ventspils from USA within two weeks’ time.

‘We are prepared to serve as a transit port for different cargo types owners wish to transport through Ventspils port. Partnership with this transatlantic company will offer such services to our clients,’ – says Zelenkevica.

The first cargo shipment form USA has already been handled. As noted by representatives of the company, NNVT demonstrated its experience and professionalism last year, when handling Caterpillar machinery that was transported from Belgium. The valuable cargo then successfully continued its way to its target destination – Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Large and expensive machinery – worth more than $ 1 million – is transported in a partially disassembled state. ‘This is a very valuable customer for us. We have worked with him in the past, and now he has come back to us. We have managed to attract some of the cargo that was previously sent through Estonia,’ – says Zelenkevica.

Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers performs runs with multi-functional ships that are able to transport a variety of different cargo types – both ro-ro and general cargo. This opens new opportunities for the terminal’s development, as mentioned in the company’s announcement.

At the same time, this is not the only spring news from NNVT, because the relocation of Ventplac to a newly-built terminal opened up new avenues of expansion for NNVT in attraction of new cargo types. Specifically, the terminal now has more room for storing additional containers and room for new projects. This allows NNVT to work with bulk cargoes. Even now the terminal is engaged in rapeseed handling. In the nearest future, it is planned to handle cargo from Norway.

Handling of non-standard cargo

The terminal also handles non-standard cargo as well. NNVT has proven its skill and professionalism when handling a shipment containing a generator that is currently functioning in Platene Fields and the large generator of Plavini HES. NNVT has also handled military jets that were sent to Afghanistan, underwater tunnel sections, combine harvesters, MAZ cars produced in Belarus and many other kinds of non-standard types of cargo.

The terminals’ everyday activities include the handling of ferry cargo. Even though NNVT is a container-handling terminal with the necessary infrastructure, the majority of cargoes handled there are transported to Ventspils with ferries that run along the Ventspils- Nynäshamn (Sweden) and Ventspils – Travemünde (Germany) routes. Stena Line ferry operator services eight runs per week. Cargo carried by ferries is transported from the terminal via railway or cargo trucks. ‘We can service even more ferries. This is why we are currently working on attracting other ferry lines,’ – as Zelenkevica told Ventasbalss portal.

Even though NNVT handles different kinds of cargo, one of the main types is general cargo, which forms the bulk of the terminal’s turnover. These include fish products. They care carried from Morocco and Mauritania through Ventspils port to Belarus, Russia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Timber is also a valuable category. Cargo from Latvia is often sent to Scandinavia, Egypt and Tunisia.

Cargo is usually transported to NNVT in containers, which are then sent to their destinations on land. The third important category is large cargo – vehicles and different types of machinery. They usually come from Denmark, Germany, Holland and Belgium and are later sent to Asia, Russia and Belarus.

NNVT is a joint Latvian-Belgian company. It was founded in 2000.

Ventbunkers is the largest NNVT shareholder (30.99%). 28.92% of shares are owned by Noord Natie Holdings c.v.b.a. The third largest shareholder is Electrotech (Europe) Limited (11.70%).

As it is stated on the official website of NNVT, the main advantage of this company is its modern infrastructure:

The terminal currently has a territory of 16.9 ha. It is planned to expand to 31.5 ha in the near future.

The terminal has five docks from 139 to 299 m each. Their depth capacity is 8 – 14.2 m. Total length – 1 km.

A closed warehouse allows for the handling of cargoes that can be affected by weather conditions (paper, metals, etc.). The warehouse is 5.200 m2 large. It is planned to expand to 7,200 m2.

A customs zone and veterinary service allow customers to settle all formalities related to cargo on the spot.

A well-developed railway system allows for the handling of two sets of rolling stock at the same time. The railway system is also conveniently put in order to allow quick access and handling of different cargoes.


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