Giurgiulesti Port
Company says expansion gives it the fastest loading rate of any grain terminal in the region.
CHISINAU, REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA — Trans Cargo Terminal SRL, a subsidiary of Trans-Oil Group, on Nov. 10 celebrated the completion of its grain export terminal expansion project at Giurgiulesti International Free Port, which is located on the Danube in Moldova. With the expansion, Trans Cargo Terminal now is able to load more than 1,000 tonnes of grain per hour onto maritime vessels of up to 8,000 tonnes, as well as river barges, giving it the fastest loading rate of any grain terminal in the region.

“Due to the substantial increase of our capacity we will be able to attract new clients and at the same time enable our group of companies and our existing clients to increase the transshipment volumes,” said Vaja Jhashi, president of Trans-Oil Group. “The expansion project consisted of the construction of an additional berth on the Danube, the erection of a silo with a storage capacity of 12,000 tonnes, a brand new deep water jetty as well as the installation of high-capacity loading equipment. In total about $6 million were invested for the realization of this project, which has created 30 additional permanent jobs. The expanded facility has a total grain storage capacity of 70,000 tonnes and increased the transshipment capacity from 300,000 tonnes to 800,000 tonnes per annum, which is equivalent to about 75% of the Republic of Moldova’s annual grain exports.”

Thomas Moser, director of Danube Logistics SRL – operator of Giurgiulesti International Free Port, said the additional capacity will allow the majority of Moldova’s grain exports to be shipped directly from Moldova to international markets.

Tran-Oil Group said that in addition to the export of grains in bulk, which are mostly delivered to the markets in the Mediterranean region, significant quantities of Moldovan grain are exported via Giurgiulesti International Free Port in sea containers to Asia. During the first 10 months of 2016, 11 Moldovan companies have shipped more than 60,000 tonnes of wheat in sea containers from Giurgiulesti to such countries as Malaysia, Myanmar and Indonesia, the Trans-Oil Group said.