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The offshore post to cross the Russian Federation border was accepted by the multi-authority committee in the sea port of Shakhtersk

The multi-authority committee consisting of the representatives of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, Customs Service and Border Service of the Russian Federation, Federal Service for Veterinary and Phyto-Sanitary Surveillance, and Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing signed the statutory compliance certificate of a new facility, i.e. the offshore post of the sea port of Shakhtersk, to cross the Russian Federation national border, following the results of the offsite meeting, The facility was built up by EMCO to enhance logistics processes, and to develop export opportunities. In the years to come, the company is determined to increase the offloading of coal up to 20 million tons.

The offshore post is located in the territory of the Coal Sea Port of Shakhtersk in Uglegorsk district of Sakhalin. After commissioning this facility will allow to shorten the duration of customs examination and checkout operations from 3 down to 1 day for cargo vessels which cross the national border and then follow the course to the sea port of Shakhtersk regardless of their homeports. Earlier on, the vessels had to go through such procedures in the sea port of Kholmsk.
The throughput capacity of the offshore post is 170 vessel calls annually. As early as this year, EMCO will have an opportunity to take and process the bulk carriers of virtually any class due to increase of efficiency of coal transshipment up to 100 thousand tons per day, and due to the lack of any restrictions as to draught.
The new offshore post’s total cost of construction and fitting out works was more than 190 million roubles. The works have been fully financed by EMCO. In the estimation of experts, the facility is one of the most state-of-the-art among the comparables in Russia.

“All the committee's members noticed the offshore post’s high level of constructability and comfort. I believe that the commencement of its operation will have a favorable impact on social and economic development both of Uglegorsk district and Sakhalin Region in general. Indeed, the coming up of this facility really opens up new opportunities for the development of local businesses engaged in the extraction and shipment of coal. And this will as well involve the creation of new jobs and the increase of tax payments", told Mikhail Radenko, the Chairman of Committee, Representative of National Policy Department for Border Inspection Posts’ Infrastructure Development of the Russian Ministry of Transport.

The launch of the facility into operation is being expected in the end of March – early April this year. While the offshore post was constructed at the expense of EMCO, though any other coal producers of Uglegorsk district will be able to use its services