Key developments and achievements in 2019
FESCO grew its share across the core business lines, with intermodal transportation on the East–West route increasing to 46% and handling in Russia’s Far East via VMTP to 44%:
- intermodal transportation grew to 344 thousand TEU (up 14% YoY);
- handling volumes at the Port reached an all-time high, with 11.5 million tonnes of cargo handled (up 10% YoY), including record-breaking 624.5 thousand TEU of containers and 5.13 million tonnes of general cargo.
FESCO reduced delivery time for cargoes along the key Shanghai–Moscow route to 24 days (two times faster than the sea route via the Suez Canal).
Together with RZD Logistics, FESCO launched Trans-Siberian Landbridge, a joint service for express delivery of transit cargoes from Asia Pacific to Europe via Vladivostok over the Trans-Siberian Railway (“TSR”).
In line with its strategy of expanding its land network, FESCO introduced railway routes from China to Russia via Mongolia, from Russia to China via the Grodekovo/Suifenhe land border crossing, and China-to-Germany and return transit trains via Kaliningrad and Germany-to-China transit trains via Russia’s Far East.
FESCO launched an intermodal container service for cargo delivery from Russian cities to the Kuril Islands via the Far East.
FESCO introduced new container trains for deliveries across Russia – from Yekaterinburg to St Petersburg and from St Petersburg to Novosibirsk.
The Group’s net debt / EBITDA ratio decreased to 3.7x (excluding the IFRS 16 impact).
FESCO sold its non-core assets – all gondola cars and pellet hoppers and part of the old fleet. The Group also entered into a preliminary sales and purchase agreement for the grain transportation business (Trans-Grain and related assets).
FESCO signed contracts to procure for VMTP five cranes and a universal ice-class ship, purchased two container vessels, and expanded the operated fitting platform fleet to 6,620 units. In addition, the Company entered into an agreement with Russian Railways to acquire the remaining stake in Russkaya Troyka.
FESCO started a partnership with the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) under the Ministry of Earth Science of India to deliver supplies to the Indian research stations in Antarctica. Over 4 thousand tonnes of supplies have been transported there by the diesel-electric ship Vasiliy Golovnin.
FESCO continued building up its supply chain management in 3PL and 4PL segments, having significantly grown its order portfolio.