Coal stocks at Rosterminalugol (Ust-Luga Coal Terminal), which is the largest coal terminal in the Baltic, for the first time fell to a historic low of 25 thousand t, while the simultaneous storage capacity of the terminal amounts to 633 thousand t. Lack of locomotives, repair work on the Oktyabrskaya Railway as well as congestion on the railway network led to a shortage of coal in Baltic ports. In January-November 2021, the terminal received 23.6 mio t of coal, which is 1.6 mio t less than in the same period last year. In total, in 2020 Rosterminalugol handled 26.5 mio t of coal.
Russian Railways (RZD) introduced a 50% railway ban for coal shipment to NKT terminal in Ust-Luga from December 09 to December 12, due to the large number of abandoned trains on the railway network – 20 trains (1282 railcars), addressed to the terminal, and also because of weak unloading of railcars with frozen coal at NKT. Currently, the terminal unloads 415 railcars/day, while the norm approved by RZD is 580 railcars/day.
In the Far East, RZD has extended its 50% railway ban from December 08 to December 12 for coal shipments to the Vanino Commercial Sea Port and the Vostochno-Uralsky Terminal (VUT), which is located in the port of Vostochny.