On December 10, AS BCT launched its ammonia transshipment complex in the Estonian port of Sillamäe. The first vessel was serviced and loaded with 11,640 tonnes of ammonia.
AS BCT, a company in the Acron Group, is the second specialised ammonia storage and transshipment terminal on the Baltic Sea. The principal advantages of the terminal facility are its strategic proximity to Russian ammonia producers, advanced high-tech equipment, and year-round servicing of vessels with a capacity of up to 40,000 tonnes.
The Group began construction of AS BCT in 2006 as part of its logistics improvement plan. In addition to handling shipments of the Group’s products, the facility will contract to transship ammonia and liquid fertilisers for CIS and EU producers.
AS BCT, which is equipped with two 30,000-tonne ammonia tanks and three 20,000-tonne UAN tanks, obtained permits to operate an ammonia tank farm and ammonia transshipment complex with a design capacity of 1 mn tpa in September 2009.
The Acron Group opened a 1 mn tpa capacity UAN transshipment complex at Sillamäe in March 2008.