In 2020, “Zaporizhstal” sent 867 thousand tons of its products through Zaporizhzhia River Port; another 6.5 thousand tons were shipped through the river terminal by “Zaporozhkoks” plant. In total, the cargo of two Zaporizhzhia enterprises of Metinvest provided 95% of the total volume of cargo handled in Zaporizhzhia River Port.
According to the results of navigation-2020, “Zaporizhstal” insignificantly reduced the volume of cargo shipment through the Zaporizhzhia River Port (867 thousand tons in 2020 against 905 thousand tons in 2019, -4%), which was due to a decrease in demand for steel products in world markets during a lockdown due to the pandemic. Traditionally, “Zaporizhstal” used to ship rolled products and cast iron to Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Romania, Albania and Italy along the river. For the first time it was in 2020, that “Zaporozhkoks” dispatched 6.5 thousand tons of pitch to Turkey through Zaporizhzhia River Port to its consumers.
As Aleksandr Mironenko, General Director of “Zaporizhstal”, noted in his exclusive interview to the “Interfax” news agency, river transportation of the Steel Works’ products makes up 34% of all exports. “But in the peak months in summer it even reaches 47%. River transport is interesting to us; it is effective, especially in the context of the voiced problems with the transportation of “Ukrzaliznytsia”. And we plan to increase the volume of cargo transportation not only through Zaporizhzhia port – in the winter time we will use Kherson, Nikolayev ports and others,” – noted CEO.
Zaporizhzhia steel workers plan to resume shipping their products with the start of navigation in 2021 – from March 1.
Let us recall, that “Zaporizhstal” renewed its strategic partnership with Zaporizhzhia River Port in October 2012. During this period, “Zaporizhstal” sent to consumers from different countries of the world through Zaporizhzhia River Port about 5.4 million tons of steel products.