Neptune is one of the largest and deepest deepwater grain terminals in Ukraine and the Black Sea region.
We strive to give Ukrainian farmers access to global markets and the opportunity to increase their own production by opening Ukraine's surplus grain market to new buyers from around the world.
Neptune is one of the most ambitious investment projects in the country's agro-industrial sector and a joint venture of Ukrainian stevedoring company MV Cargo and Cargill, a global leading supplier of food, agriculture, financial and industrial goods and services, with the support of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Finance Corporation. The total investment is more than $150 million.
Neptune was built from scratch according to Cargill specifications. Fitted with the state-of-the-art equipment from the top global brands, it is considered to be the most modern grain terminal in the country and the Black Sea region.
More than 200 new jobs were opened directly at the terminal, another 1,000 job opportunities will be created via partner organizations. Neptune's operation will bring significant additional revenues to Ukraine's economy through taxes and fees.
In test mode, the terminal began operating in June 2018. The grand opening of Neptune took place in September 2019. Freight turnover for the grain marketing year 2019/2020 amounted to over 2.5 million tons.
Neptune has been built using technology and engineering solutions that are unique for facilities of this class. The flat-type grain storage was designed without any internal columns and is one of the largest facilities in Ukraine using such technology. Thanks to this engineering solution, there are no ‘blind’ or ‘dead’ areas associated with the columns, so machinery avoids the need to perform additional manoeuvres or operations. The flat-type grain storage is divided into 5 parts, with each being able to store a separate type of grain without the risk of mixing.
The elevator is equipped with modern equipment supplied by the best global manufacturers of special-purpose machinery, including GSI, AGI, Buhler, Bonfanti, Intersystems and others. Conveyor belts operate at the highest performance index for the Ukrainian grain elevators, moving up to 2,000 tons per hour.
The elevator has a modern grain laboratory with equipment provided by leading manufacturers, including Foss, Perten, Pfeiffer and Romer Labs. The truck unloading station offers automatic grain sampling devices. Such modern equipment allows the elevator to provide high quality and efficient grain processing, enabling a Post-Panamax vessel to be loaded within just 48 hours.
Deep water access
Neptune is the deepest draft grain elevator in Ukraine and the Black Sea Region. The depth of the access channel and the operating water area is up to 16 meters and the berth length is 385 meters. This allows the elevator to load high tonnage vessels, including Panamax, Post-panamax, Capesize to their maximum carrying capacity without the need for additional mooring loading.
Powerful unloading stations used for railway cars and vehicles have been specially built at the elevator. The unloading station capacity is up to 800 trucks a day, and truck scheduling is automated.
The railway cars unloading station has a daily capacity of unloading 256 railway cars loaded with grain. Its proximity to the TIS modern maritime transportation hub and its own railway infrastructure allows the elevator to handle up to 5 pairs of trains per day.
Neptune’s elevator is equipped with modern machinery used for drying and cleaning grain to provide an additional range of services. The grain dryer’s capacity is 150 tons per hour, and the grain cleaner’s productivity is up to 250 tons per hour.
The A elevator has space for 100 scheduled trucks or vehicles waiting to be unloaded. There are plans to equip the elevator with enough space for 600 trucks, with a traffic management system, fencing, lighting and the necessary infrastructure for drivers.
Transparency and safety
The elevator meets the highest quality standards and corresponds to Cargill specifications across its operations. This is audited by international audit companies.
Andrey has been heading the country’s largest TIS seaport for over 10 years. He co-owns TIS, together with his brother and two partners.
In 2015, amidst the war, crisis and lack of funding, Andrey and his team managed to sign a contract with Cargill to begin construction of the A Neptune grain elevator.
Andrey studied commerce at the Harrow House College, UK. He also graduated from the Montana Institute (Zug, Switzerland) with a degree in International Business and was awarded an Executive MBA at the French HCMS Institute. He studied Organization and Administration Management and graduated from the Mechnikov Odesa National University.
Since 1996 Yegor was devoted to the family business founded by his father, Oleksiy Stavnitser. For more than 10 years he was in charge of the finance department in TIS and acted as the head of the container terminal for several years.
Yegor was awarded an MBA from the Institute of Business Studies. Member of the international Family Business Network community. The first official participant from Ukraine to join the European Venture Philanthropy Association.
Supervisory board member
Philipp has been the Director of Development of the TIS Elevator Group for more than 5 years.
In 2015, under Philipp’s direction, the Ukrainian company MV Cargo reached the agreement with Cargill to build Neptune’s A grain elevator. During the construction phase, Philipp coordinated the cooperation with Cargill, financial management and structuring.
Prior to that, Philipp held senior positions at PwC and KPMG international consulting companies for more than 8 years.
Anatoliy joined Neptune’s team in July 2021.
Prior to running all operational, commercial and administrative business of Neptune, Anatoliy has been leading Cargill’s origination business across the region for several years. Prior to that, he managed retail sales for First Ukrainian National Bank (FUNB) and development and planning at Japan Tobacco (JTI) for almost 10 years.
Vice-principal of labor protection
Has almost 25 years’ work experience in labor protection. Prior to joining the Neptune team, headed the labor and environmental departments in the assets of the largest national and foreign manufacturing companies – CRH, Nestle, COFCO International, etc.
Has been working at the grain terminal since 2018. Oleksandr focuses his experience on building and integrating a sustainable safety culture and risk-oriented production through the application of European best practices, the prevention of emergencies and the implementation of effective preventative measures for the benefit of health of the company’s employees, as well as the preservation of the environment.
He graduated from Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University.
Logistics Team Leader
Kostiantyn has been working in the field of port logistics and operations management for over 11 years.
He received a specialized higher education, graduating from Odessa National Maritime University with a degree in “Organization of shipment and management of maritime transport”.
Kostiantyn is with the Neptune grain terminal since 2018. Within the company he is responsible for the management of logistics, including goods flows, planning the operation of the terminal, commercial work with customers and partners of the terminal, preparation and maintenance of contracts.
Head of HR department
Natalia has been working in the HR for over 18 years. Prior to working at the terminal, she held senior positions in the HR departments of large international companies and enterprises in various sectors of the economy – construction, food, pharmaceuticals etc.
She joined the Neptune team in 2020. Her acquired experience is directed towards the development of an effective personnel management system in accordance with the best standards of Cargill Corporation, development and integration of motivational programs, best practices in the field of training, evaluation and adaptation of human resources, talent attraction and more.
Natalia holds two Masters degrees.
Head of Finance Department
Julia has 16 years of experience in finance and investments. Strong background in financial reporting, forecasting and budgeting, project supervision, external financing, IPO and M&A. She took a leading part in the deals with a total value of c. a. US$ 1 bln. Julia studied management at the National University of Internal Affairs and she holds Executive MBA from the International Institute of Business.
Julia Nosal joined Neptune in 2016. Since 2022, she has been appointed as Head of Finance Department. Julia oversees finance function and is responsible for development and implementation of financial strategy, budgeting and reporting.
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