Heavylift / Breakbulk

  • The weather is a key factor in project handling in Siberia.

09.05.2014 By: Antje Veregge

Artikel Nummer: 6150

A balanced portfolio

It is common knowledge that competition has become stiffer in the heavylift sector. A global company of Russian origin that works in the industry has to cope with this, and also deal with some special challenges at the moment. Against this backdrop the ITJ’s Antje Veregge put some questions to Alexander Shelkov, director general of Instar Logistics, about the current situation.

Mr Shelkov, which would you call your core markets?

We are not only a heavylift project forwarder with around 800 employees in various CIS countries, as well as Europe and the Middle East, we also have our own assets. We have 46 Goldhofer axle lines, Mercedes Titan prime movers and ro-ro barges at our disposal. We are therefore able to execute projects with our own resources. Our main markets are in the fields of power generation, refinery, petro­chemical and offshore projects.


Where do you see further potential?

Over the next few years we foresee a lot of movement in the petrochemical sector, as well as in refinery modernisation and power generating industries.


What projects have you handled recently?

We completed a very large project in the power generation industry at the end of last year. It was connected to construction work on the Polyarnaya power plant, located in Salekhard, northern Siberia. We delivered approximately 50,000 t of equipment with two heavylift vessels, making use of the northern sea route through the Arctic Sea. The shipment was discharged onto 17 offshore ro-ro barges in Obskaya Bay. During the overland leg we had to cope with very harsh weather conditions, with a temperature of –15°C and 1 m of snow.


How do you see the market today?

Conditions are very tough and the emphasis is on costs. This puts pressure on the prices and margins of all providers. It will squeeze some companies out of the market in coming years.


You are present in both Russia and Ukraine. Does the current political upheaval affect your business? Are goods flows being hampered, for instance?

Our subsidiary in Ukraine is faced with an aggressive price war in a shrinking market. Many potential projects that are on the drawing board have simply been shelved. We are seeing a critical decrease in business activity there.


What do you expect from the current year?

We are optimistic about the future, as our business activities are well distributed across regions and products. We have already been able to secure a number of large projects in the power generation, refinery and offshore industries.




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