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Expert RA Improves DeloPorts Rating Outlook

Stevedore holding DeloPorts (part of Delo Group) received an update of the rating of the Expert RA agency at the ruA level with an improved outlook from neutral to positive. 

The agency revised the credit rating of the holding considering the updated methodology, operating and financial performance of the holding in the first 6 months of 2020 and positive expectations of operating and financial results in 2020-2021. The agency notes the absence of recourse on DeloPorts debt obligations, positively assessing the company's operational risk profile.

At the end of 2020, the container turnover of DeloPorts (NUTEP terminal) amounted to 487 thousand TEU, a 30% increase compared to 2019 - with a drop in container handling in all ports of the Russian Federation over the same period by 1% and an increase in the Azov-Black Sea basin - by 3%. DeloPorts increased grain handling (KSK terminal) by 43% to 5.1 million tons due to favorable market conditions and the introduction of additional grain storage capacities.

Expert RA emphasizes the importance of DeloPorts investment projects in building up the capacity of container and grain terminals. The commissioning of a deep-water container berth No. 38, which allows servicing vessels up to 10 thousand TEU, the expansion of the storage areas allowed to expand the terminal's throughput capacity to 700 thousand TEU per year. Among the competitive advantages of DeloPorts, the agency notes the construction of a grain deep-water berth No. 40a at the KSK terminal with the ability to simultaneously receive two vessels and the construction of additional silos, which will make it possible to form larger shiploads.

“The agency's positive outlook reflects our expectations for DeloPorts' operating and financial results for the foreseeable future. Successful implementation of investment projects and competent construction of operational interactions allow us to develop and grow faster than the market.

Deep-water container berth No. 38, commissioned in 2019, has already demonstrated its demand among customers. The deep-water grain berth 40a, scheduled for completion in the summer of 2021, will enable us to provide our customers with a new level of service and speed up the handling of large shiploads. The tugboats fleet of SC Delo received the sixth tugboat, which will allow us to speed up the positioning of vessels and handling of cargo within the holding”, - commented Igor Yakovenko, Chief Executive Officer of DeloPorts.


Delo Group increased the size of its own tugboats fleet

On February 8, 2021, «Delo» Service Company (part of DeloPorts, a stevedore asset of the largest transport and logistics holding in Russia, Delo Group) replenished its own tugboats fleet with the sixth multifunctional tugboat «Delovoy-6» manufactured by Damen Shipyards Group. The order was completed by the company on time and in full compliance with the terms of reference. At present, the tugboat is being accepted, and then the activities for its commissioning will begin.

The main characteristics of «Delovoy-6» are length - 22.73 m, width - 9.80 m, engine power - 3000 kW or 4080 hp, tugboat type - azimuth.

The increase in the number of the tugboats fleet is part of the ongoing plans to expand the production capabilities of stevedore assets.

Chief Executive Officer of DeloPorts, Igor Yakovenko emphasized: «After the launch of the reconstructed KSK Grain Terminal, scheduled for the summer of 2021, we expect to host grain carriers with a carrying capacity of up to 100 thousand tons. The NUTEP Container Terminal is operating at full capacity. Very soon, we will have to simultaneously moor large vessels at both terminals, so expanding our own tugboat fleet is a logical step towards solving this problem».

In addition to the towing functions itself, «Delovoy-6» is equipped with a fire-prevention system. Now the fleet of SC Delo consists of six powerful tugboats, three of which have a fire class.


KSK Grain Terminal raised 1.1 billion rubles on preferential terms to complete an investment project

KSK Grain Terminal (KSK, part of DeloPorts, a stevedore asset of the largest transport and logistics holding in Russia, Delo Group) and Alfa-Bank on January 27, 2021 signed an agreement to attract KSK 1.1 billion rubles on preferential terms for the reconstruction of its transshipment facilities.

The implementation of the investment project will allow KSK to increase the terminal's capacity to 7 million tons of grain per year.  At present, the construction of a deep-water grain berth No 40A has been completed in Novorossiysk. Commissioning is scheduled for July 2021.

 The funds are provided as part of the interest rate subsidy program approved by Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of April 26, 2019 No. 512 "On the provision of subsidies from the federal budget to Russian credit institutions, international financial institutions and the state development corporation “VEB.RF” to compensate for lost income on loans issued to agricultural producers that have entered into agreements on increasing competitiveness ... ". 

The size of the subsidy to Alfa-Bank reaches 90% of the key rate of the Central Bank of Russia.

Igor Yakovenko, Chief Executive Officer of DeloPorts, commenting on the agreement with Alfa-Bank, said: “Feeling the support of the state in the implementation of investment projects that are so important not only for us, but for the entire Russian economic system, we understand that we are part of it, and we do the right thing, we get additional confidence in the timely successful completion of the project.  We thank our partners from Alfa-Bank and look forward to further mutually beneficial cooperation with them".

“Alfa-Bank has been an active participant in Government programs to support Russian manufacturers for many years. We always strive to use every opportunity to support our clients' target projects. We are pleased to contribute to the development of the port infrastructure of DeloPorts for the transshipment of domestic agricultural products” - said Denis Kutasov, Director of Corporate Clients at Alfa-Bank.

About the Company

DeloPorts is a holding company that owns and operates stevedore assets of Delo Group in the port of Novorossiysk. DeloPorts consolidates NUTEP Container Terminal, KSK Grain Terminal and Delo Service Company. 

Delo Group is the largest transport and logistics holding in Russia, managing sea container terminals in the Azov-Black Sea, Baltic and Far Eastern basins, a network of railway container terminals, a fleet of containers and fitting platforms. The parent company of the Group is LLC MC Delo, 70% owned by the founder of the Group, Sergey Shishkarev, and 30% is owned by State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom.

The Group's stevedoring business includes DeloPorts holding and Global Ports, a leading container terminal operator. The transport and logistics business of the Group is made up of the multimodal transport operator Ruscon and the intermodal container operator TransContainer that owns and operates the largest fleet of containers and flatcars over the entire 1520 standard railway network.



The turnover of DeloPorts terminals, the stevedore asset of the largest Russian transport and logistics holding Delo Group, grew by 36% in 2020 compared to the same period last year due to the growth in grain and container handling, amounting to 11.2 million tons.

In 2020, the container terminal NUTEP (part of DeloPorts) increased its container turnover by 30% in twenty-foot equivalent, handling 486.83 thousand TEUs against the background of a general decrease in container turnover in Russian ports for 2020 by 2.3%. In the 4th quarter of 2020, the growth in container handling by NUTEP in comparison with the same period in 2019 amounted to 22.64%.

Grain handling at the KSK terminal (part of DeloPorts) in 2020 increased by 43% compared to 2019 and amounted to 5.1 mln tons. The terminal set an absolute annual record for handling grain, exceeding the 5 mln tons in December 2020. The volume of cargo handled in the 4th quarter of 2020 increased by 32% compared to the 4th quarter of 2019.

DeloPorts CEO Igor Yakovenko, assessing the positive results of 2020, outlined: “The past year, on the one hand, turned out to be difficult for the country's economy, the enterprises and the entire industries due to the coronavirus pandemic. On the other hand, due to market conditions, there was a sharp increase in container turnover and an increase in the volume of exports of Russian grain. Part of this cargo traffic went through the assets of DeloPorts and we were able to confirm that we were ready for everything in terms of throughput capacities and employees experience. Once again, we were convinced of the expediency and timeliness of the implemented investment projects of DeloPorts. This is especially true of the grain cargo, the transshipment of which at the end of the year for the first time in the history of the KSK terminal crossed the mark of 5 million tons. We were prepared in advance for such a development of events, having put into operation an additional silo park in 2019 and thereby increased the grain storage volume to 220 thousand tons and the annual throughput of the terminal to 6 million tons. The professionalism of our employees and the optimal use of production capacities made it possible in 2020 to successfully handle all the declared grain shipments through the KSK terminal, while setting absolute monthly and annual records. NUTEP also coped with an increase in container turnover by a third, thanks to an increase to 700 thousand. TEUs of the terminal's capacity after the launch of a new deep-water container berth No. 38 in 2019. In 2021, the trend of strengthening the production and human potential of DeloPorts assets will continue, we plan to launch a new grain berth No. 40A and expand the tugboats fleet of “Delo” Service Company with commissioning of the sixth modern tugboat "Delovoy-6".

In 2020, the fleet of Delo Service Company rendered 1,332 mooring services, which is 32% higher than last year's result. Transshipment of general and Ro-Ro cargo in 2020 amounted to 38 thousand tons.



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1 498

1 613

1 238

1 733

6 082

4 641



1 076


1 612

1 635

5 123

3 576


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2 420

2 850

3 387

11 243

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