April 20 - In the USA, the port of Everett's major shipping line, FESCO Transportation Group, which has made the Port of Everett its Pacific Northwest shipping hub for Russian cargoes, will be expanding its export service to include ro-ro ships, according

Currently, the port supports FESCO in the transportation, forestry, oil, gas and gold mining industries, Marine Terminals director Dave Madill said. These shipments include mining machinery, oil extracting equipment, trucks, heavy equipment and food products. The majority of this cargo had been lifted on and off the ships by crane.

"Adding ro-ro capabilities to the port's portfolio, coupled with our new rail line, will allow us to focus on cargo segments we have not been able to target in the past."

The Port says it will be enhancing one of its existing berths to better accommodate ro-ro ships.

"We are very excited about expanding our service offerings from the Port of Everett and look forward to continuing and strengthening our partnerships," said Mike Evans, president of FESCO Transportation Group, Seattle.

The first FESCO ro-ro ship is expected to arrive in Port on May 26, and is destined for Vladivostok - Russia's largest port city on the Pacific Ocean.

FESCO says it offers many specialised options for managing the movement of project cargo, including:

  • Turnkey projects in the Russian Far East and Chukotka.
  • Special equipment needs for the oil and gas, mining, and forestry industries.
  • Out-of-gauge cargo, including modular housing and rolling stock, among others.
  • Packing, crating, and warehousing in both the USA and Russia.
  • Customs clearance in Russia.