Delo Group began its journey as a small forwarding company in 1993 in the port of Novorossiysk.
Today we maintain terminals in three basins—the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, and the Far East. Together, they ensure the logistics of freight transport within the country and between Russia and the rest of the world.
We operate our own fleet of containers and container flatcars as well as in-house fleet of sea vessels. We build modern berths, invest in digital technologies, and create new routes.
1993 – 2007
2008 – 2013
2014 – 2017
2018 – 2022
BEGINNING OF A GREAT JOURNEY
1993-2007. BEGINNING OF A GREAT JOURNEY
Sergey Shishkarev starts building his first big business in his hometown of Novorossiysk—the freight forwarding company Delo.
It becomes the first private stevedoring company in the Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port and the first of the future Delo Group.
Delo grows exponentially in the first years of its existence. At the beginning, the company accounts for 15% of all freight traffic in the seaport of Novorossiysk, which is already a lot for a young company in the actively developing post-Soviet space.
More and more customers are beginning to entrust Delo with their cargoes, so that the company soon occupies half of the local market for agency and forwarding services.
What distinguishes Delo Group from its competitors is that we have always been one step ahead, with an eye on the future. We completed the implementation of one major project and immediately moved on to the next. We have invested in the development of the company: We built berths, bought modern port equipment and improved the skills of our staff. We were, we are, and we will be a united team in which everyone plays an important role. Each of us tackles a particular task, which yields an overall impressive result.
Deputy General Director for General Affairs at DeloPorts
Delo expands its area of responsibility in Novorossiysk Port: Delo Marine Agency is being established to work with ships.
It provides a wide range of services from maritime agency and ship supply to chartering.
Delo, which by this time had already become a group of companies, enters new areas of the transport industry, and transfers its experience to the field of railway forwarding. Transport Corporation, founded in 1997, becomes one of the first private operators of oil tank cars ers in Russia.
At the same time, the Russian oil industry begins to recover after the 1996 collapse and production volumes increase, making the Transport Corporation's business particularly in demand.
Delo Group sends the first container train from Novorossiysk on the Novorossiysk-Moscow route.
This route launches a regular flow of imported goods from the port to the capital.
In 2002, there was a need for a single structure combining freight forwarding, warehousing and multimodal container freight logistics under one brand.
Ruscon became such a company. It started actively developing terminals in Novorossiysk and entered the agency and shipping market through the port of St. Petersburg.
Ruscon continues to invest in the development of land-based container terminals in southern Russia and acquired its first own terminal in Novorossiysk in 2003.
The first terminal, aptly named Ruscon-1, handled 15,000 TEU per year when it began operations. By 2021, the terminal's handling capacity had tripled.
Delo begins construction of a brand-new sea container terminal in the port of Novorossiysk called NUTEP (Novorossiysk Hub Transport and Forwarding Enterprise). Construction began in the south-eastern part of Tsemes BayZemesskaya Bay, which was considered an ambitious but risky undertaking: winds and currents are particularly unpredictable here.
Despite the complexity of the task, Delo Group completed construction in two years. The terminal opened in 2004 and the first container ship was ceremoniously welcomed there. Today, the terminal handles up to 700,000 TEU per year.
Ruscon's arsenal contains new acquisitions: The company's fleet includes receives its first railway container flatcarts. The company is also building its own fleet of vehicles to work at the terminals in Novorossiysk.
In just two years of operation, NUTEP has become a leader in the container market of the Port of Novorossiysk.
Since then, the terminal has not only remained a leader, but has also increased its capacity every year. Today, NUTEP can be described as the absolute market leader in the port of Novorossiysk: 76% of cargo traffic is handled here.
Delo Group acquires a neighbor of NUTEP in Novorossiysk—OAOOJSC Kombinat StroyKomplekt which is located on a plot next to thea container terminal. A new large-scale construction project is being built on this plot: a new KSK export grain terminal will soon be built here.
This is another response to the challenges of the time: demand for Russian grain is constantly high and importing countries are willing to buy it at ever higher prices.
Ruscon acquires a land container and logistics terminal IANP MANP in the Moscow region. The more than 14-hectare site in the Podolsk district is not only a convenient location for transport, but also an efficient one: 20,000 TEU per year pass through the terminal.
This was an excellent addition to Ruscon's facilities—the total capacity of all the company's terminals is now 180,000 TEU per year.
Delo Group begins handling grain at the newly built, state-of-the-art KSK terminal. Here are huge, modern elevators where the grain arrives by rail from different parts of the country.
In the fifteen years of its existence, KSK has become the number one terminal in the Black Sea basin: its share in the region has reached 30%.
Ruscon's assets include another terminal of its own in Novorossiysk, Ruscon - 2.
Its capacity at the time of acquisition is 5,000 TEU per year.
NUTEP marine container terminal continues to expand its capacity. Moreover, cargo throughput at Russian seaports is growing rapidly: in 2010 alone, it increased by 5.9% to 525.9 million tonnes.
All this together requires new technical solutions. NUTEP is being modernized and its capacity is increased to 350,000 TEU per year.
Delo Group becomes the sole owner of NUTEP, having bought their 50% stake from National Container Company.
Thus, Delo Group consolidates 100% of NUTEP shares.
KSK opens its own laboratory, which takes over the most important tasks of grain quality control. Using high-precision equipment, the laboratory staff thoroughly examine samples of all batches arriving at the terminal. Only the best is delivered to KSK's elevators.
Our successes are based on the best employees. They are people who work in different fields, but all of them have very high qualifications. Our team successfully masters the tasks set and can realize the boldest ideas. We all work together for the good of the company, for the result.
Deputy Chief Engineer for Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental Protection of NUTEP
New important places appear on the KSK site: three silos with a capacity of 3,000 tonnes each and a conveyor belt for loading grain onto a ship.
The regular technical modernization of the terminals enables the company to maintain and increase its capacity. And KSK is an excellent example of this: thanks to all the modernizations, its throughput capacity has increased to 3.5 million tonnes per year.
The Delo Group's stevedoring assets and bunkering business is merged into the holding company DeloPorts. This not only provides new opportunities for fundraising, but also simplifies the overall operational interaction between the terminals.
Optimizing the efficiency of the terminals is a more than urgent measure as cargo throughput at Russian seaports continues to grow. In 2012, its volume increased by 5.6% year-on-year to a total of 565.5 million tonnes.
A roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) facility is commissioned in a vacant area at the KSK terminal. Cargoes can now be moved in and out of the floating vessels under their own power and without the use of cranes and other lifting equipment.
The complex includes not only a dedicated berth but also a storage area for more than 1,500 vehicles.
International grain trader Cargill, one of the world market leaders, becomes a strategic investor in the KSK terminal. The company's assets now include 25% plus+ one share of KSK.
Berth No. 38 of the NUTEP terminal is the deepest on the Black Sea. It is 15 meters deep and 397 meters long. This is more than enough to meet the needs of our customers.
Shift Manager of the NUTEP Operating Service
Delo Group starts supporting the Russian Handball Federation of Russia and developing a sport that has unfairly remained in the shadow of football. Sergey Shishkarev, a handball enthusiast and a man who knows how to assemble highly effective teams, is elected as President of the Russian Handball Federation of Russia.
Just a year later, the Russian women's handball team won gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for the first time in the history of the sport.
DeloPorts' stevedoring assets, such as the NUTEP container terminal, the KSK grain terminal and the Delo service company, are be merged into a single Russian holding company called DeloPorts.
One of the most important steps in the strategic unification of the company is the issuance and placement of the first bonds of the new holding structure on the market, which allows raising additional funds for business expansion.
A deep-water berth, designated number 38, is being built from scratch on the site of the NUTEP container terminal. The unique technical solutions underlying the construction were awarded the national prize for achievements in transport and transport infrastructure “Formula of Movement 2019”.
This is the first berth on the Black Sea coast that can accommodate seagoing vessels with a cargo capacity of up to 10,000 TEU.
The transport and logistics holding Delo is getting a parent division, Delo Management Company, which takes over the effective management of all operations and projects of the holding.
Three important business areas of the holding company—bunker business, shipping agency and towing of ships—are merged into the Delo Service Company.
This enables the company to offer a complete range of services for ships and all necessary support in ports and offshore operations.
Delo SC takes an important step in business development and buys tugs for its fleet.
The company can now tow vessels itself in the port of Novorossiysk and offer additional vessel maintenance and management services. All this increases its competitiveness in the maritime logistics market.
2018-2022. BIG CHANGES
Delo Group takes an important step in the development of its business with the acquisition of a 30.75% stake in Global Ports, a leading container terminal operator in the Russian market. In 2018, the consolidated container throughput of Global Ports' sea terminals increased by 12.2% to 1.352 million TEU.
At the KSK terminal, construction began on four more new silos, as well as rail and lorry receiving stations and a new laboratory for grain quality control. The decision proved to be well-founded: Grain exports in the 2017-2018 agricultural year amounted to 52.4 million tonnes.
This exceeds the volumes supplied by the European Union and the United States and consolidates Russia's serious position in the global agricultural market.
The new container terminal Ruscon-4 with an annual capacity of 30,000 TEU was successfully commissioned in Novorossiysk.
This is an important addition to Delo Group's infrastructure in Novorossiysk, which will benefit the development of maritime logistics in the region and attracts growing cargo volumes.
Delo Group opens a unique memorial to the Novorossiysk port workers in Novorossiysk. This is a token of the company's appreciation for all port workers, reminding them how important each individual's contribution is not only to the company, but also to the development of port infrastructure and the entire regional economy.
It is the only monument in Russia dedicated to people of all important, complex and honorable port professions.
A new, unique deep-water berth No. 38 is commissioned at the NUTEP container terminal. It took four years to realize this ambitious project of the holding company. The investment has paid off: the water depth at the berth allows huge container ships with a capacity of 10,000 TEU to berth here.
This gives the terminal undeniable advantages and opens great prospects. As time will tell, the operation of the berth will help the Delo Group to occupy an even larger segment of the container shipping market in Russia.
Delo Group wins the auction and becomes the owner of 50% and plus one share of TransContainer PJSC, Russia's leading container transportation ship operator. And in 2020, Delo Group completes the consolidation of TransContainer by buying out the remaining shares held by minority shareholders.
This significant acquisition will enables Delo Group to take an important position in the national logistics traffic at the national level. In this way, important resources and expertise are added to the company, helping it to become a national logistics champion.
The State Corporation Rosatom acquires a 30% stake in the Delo Management Company—joining forces and assets for the joint development of the logistics business. This decision is obvious: one of Rosatom's key projects is the federal Northern Sea Route project, which is crucial for the transport of goods in the Arctic.
In the same 2019, a third more cargo was transported via the Northern Sea Route, and when we talk about tens of millions of tonnes, that is really strong growth.
Delo Group is proud to announce the commissioning of a new deep-water berth No. 40A at the KSK grain terminal in Novorossiysk.
Thanks to this investment, the KSK terminal now has state-of-the-art infrastructure for efficient cargo handling and reception of large vessels. One hundred-thousand-ton vessels (with a cargo capacity of up to 100,000 tonnes) with a maximum draught of 14.4 meters can moor here.
NUTEP has undergone another successful transformation: the terminal now offers even more road and rail transport options. There are now brand-new cranes, powerful and mobile.
Work at the terminal has spilled over in all directions at once: four container ships are handled here at the same time, which is a record.
Ruscon has embarked on the construction of a multifunctional container terminal at the Orlovka railway station in Volgograd region—and opened it in August 2023.
Like most of the company's terminals, it has an impressive capacity and will be able to handle up to 30,000 containers a year, ensuring efficient freight traffic through the region.
Delo Group makes an important decision and buys out Dutch operator Maersk's stake in Global Ports.
After the transaction is completed, Delo becomes the majority shareholder of Global Ports: the group now holds 61.5 percent of the shares.
ROSATOM increases its stake in Delo Management Company to 49%. This is an important event for both companies, confirming mutual trust and focus on long-term cooperation.
The increase in Rosatom's share will allow the companies to take joint strategic decisions and develop new projects and initiatives.
TransContainer successfully completes the reconstruction of its terminal in Zabaikalsk, an important border crossing between Russia and China. The terminal's capacity has increased to 555,000 containers per year.
This is a great success, especially in 2022, when Russia's cargo flows are increasingly oriented towards the East. It is important that the terminal's reconstruction is also in line with the Delo Group's overall strategy and meets the economic interests of the entire country.
Delo Group establishes its internal strategic IT integrator to develop advanced information technology solutions in logistics. In order to maintain and strengthen market leadership, it is nowadays necessary to develop one's own digital products—also for container transport or the redesign of business processes in this industry. And the specialists at the holding company understand this very well.
Such a step helps the company to be at the forefront of innovative solutions by hiring progressive employees and gaining access to new knowledge from the world of information technology.
2023. SUSTAINABLE LEADERSHIP
INVESTMENTS IN TERMINAL
CAPACITY OF LAND TERMINALS
CAPACITY OF MARINE TERMINALS
GRAIN TERMINAL CAPACITY
Delo Group shares ESG principles—environmental, social and corporate responsibility. It actively participates in the social life of the regions and uses "green" electricity from renewable sources.
Delo Group sets long-term goals and strives to be increasingly environmentally friendly, socially responsible and sustainable. ESG is an important part of successful and responsible business practice, which the company translates into action rather than words.
Delo Group continues to actively support Russian sport and its athletes. It sponsors not only the Russian Handball Federation of Russia and several handball clubs, but also the local football club Chernomorets, a favorite of the people of Novorossiysk with a history of more than a hundred years.
Thanks to the support of Delo and the leadership of a new coach—legendary footballer Konstantin Zyryanov Chernomorets managed to be promoted to the first Russian league in 2023.
Delo Group actively supports the government's efforts to improve the demographic situation in Russia: it introduces corporate social support measures to promote fertility and multiple births among its employees.
The company has not only developed the first company demographic standard for its employees but is also happy to share its knowledge and experience. Thus, Delo Group has participated in the establishment of the D.I. Mendeleev Institute for Demographic Policy and the Agency for Demographic Affairs of the Central Federal District of Russia.
Being a parent with many children is a big responsibility, but our company creates comfortable conditions for such families. And although the program was not yet available when we planned our third child, we still decided to go for it. We feel the support of Delo Group all the time, and we bought a new family car with the company's help.
Ruscon Business Director