ArmInfo. In January 2017, cargo traffic by rail experienced positive dynamics in Armenia. The cargo traffic plan was fulfilled by 105.9% and the cargo turnover plan - by 106.5%, South Caucasus Railway (SCR) CEO Sergey Valko said at a meeting, when summing up the results of the company's activities.
Valko noted that a number of important railway events took place in Armenia in January. Particularly, a meeting was held with participation of Iranian businessmen, who discussed the multimodal transportation from Europe to Iran by means of the SCR infrastructure.
He pointed out that export traffic increased by 9.9% as compared to the targeted indicator, and exceeded the indicator of 2016 by 4.4 thsd tons. Local traffic increased by 30% as compared to last year's indicator.
Such qualitative indices as the average weight of the cargo train (1501 tons versus targeted 1470 tons), the daily mileage and the locomotive productivity also grew. The service speed reached 36.2 km/h versus the targeted 34 km/h.
Sergey Valko stressed the need to improve such indicators as the wagon turnaround and standby load of a car.
As regards the schedule, he noted that over the period under review as many as 1,060 trains ran, 1,050 of which met the schedule. He added that no international passenger train was delayed.
Valko paid special attention to railway safety issues. He said that in Jan 2017 the railway appraisal rose by 7 points as compared to Dec 2016.
The SCR CEO noted that the company has reached agreements on regular activities of the Kavkaz Port-Poti ferry service (thrice a month), which will allow launching direct cargo transportation from Armenia to Russia and CIS countries and back. The SCR efforts will make it possible to reduce the ferry service tariffs (by almost 2 thsd USD).
Among the priority tasks for the future, Valko pointed out the need to increase the cargo traffic, balance the revenues and expenditures of the budget, etc.
He stressed the importance of speeding up efforts to fulfill the transit potential of the Armenian railway for cargo transportation from Iran to European countries.
SCR CJSC is the 100% subsidiary of Russian Railways OJSC and the concessional manager of Armenian Railways under the 13 Feb 2008 agreement, which was signed for 30 years but can be extended for 10 more years.