In 30 years of its activities, NIBULON has created a unique grain logistics infrastructure in Ukraine, consisting of transshipment terminals and complexes for grain and oilseeds receipt, storage and shipment, a high-capacity fleet, and production branches located across Ukraine. At present the company's facilities operate in most regions of our country.
The total grain storage capacity is 2.25 million tons (the total elevator capacity is 2.08 million tons).
In 2009, NIBULON started implementing its investment project to revive the Dnipro and the Southern Buh Rivers as transport waterways of Ukraine. As part of this project, the company has built 18 elevator complexes and transshipment terminals in various regions of Ukraine. At present, the company’s network consists of 27 transshipment terminals and complexes for grain and oilseeds receipt, storage and shipment, namely 445 silos to store grain, which is the largest number in Ukraine.
NIBULON renders services directly to farmers; thus, the elevator complexes and transshipment terminals are brought closer to them. In the 2020/21 marketing year, the company signed 4,500 agricultural commodity supply agreements in the domestic market.
The transshipment terminal for grain and oilseeds shipments in Mykolaiv is unique not only in Ukraine but also in Europe. The transshipment terminal was acknowledged as Ukraine’s best industrial facility constructed and put into operation in 2004. In June 2008, the team headed by Oleksiy Vadaturskyy received the Ukrainian State Prize for Architecture under the Ukraine President’s Decree No. 569/2008 entitled “The Award of the State Prizes of Ukraine in Architecture of 2008”.
The terminal has modern complexes to receive, ship, dry, and to treat grain, plus a warehouse of floor storage with active ventilation and a capacity of up to 8 thousand tons. NIBULON can also receive different quality agricultural commodities and improve them to export standards, thereby ensuring that cargoes exported are guaranteed to meet world quality standards.
The checkpoint through the Ukrainian state border for international sea cargo that operates round-the-clock is located at the transshipment terminal. Border control and customs controls, and other types of control over persons, vehicles, cargoes and other property transiting the state border is organized according to the “single office” principle. To this end, NIBULON provided official premises with separate entrances (about 400 m2) free of charge on the ground floor of its administrative and laboratory building to the separate departments of the control authorities.
In May 2018, NIBULON put into operation its new elevator complex for grain and oilseeds transshipments (43 thousand tons) as part of the transshipment terminal. Thus, the total grain storage capacity was increased to 173 thousand tons at Mykolaiv transshipment terminal. It allows the company to store a large number of crops separately and simultaneously and to sort grain by quality. As a result, farmers can deliver grain to store it, and the company can store and maintain product quality as well as form grain batches in compliance with export contracts. In addition, the terminal can receive all crops throughout the entire marketing year and handle agricultural commodity cargoes transported along the Southern Buh and the Dnipro.
The company also put the reconstructed cargo berth into operation, which was extended from 104 to 222 m. As a result, the terminal's berth length is almost 800 m, enabling the company to load five vessels simultaneously. This enables the company to load seagoing vessels more efficiently and to increase the efficiency of the company’s own fleet built at NIBULON shipbuilding and repair yard LLC.
The production and technological laboratory of the transshipment terminal is certified by the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine (certificate 21082 of 07.12.2017 is valid to 06.12.2020)to carry out physical-chemical and molecular genetic tests of grain, leguminous and oil crops. The production and technological laboratory confirms its competence in carrying out measurements during scheduled inspections of the National Accreditation Agency of Ukraine. The laboratory is acknowledged by the Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA); every six months it successfully participates in inter-laboratory comparative rounds, which qualify it for GAFTA and BIPEA certificates to perform grain measurements. The competence in measuring the presence of GMO and safety indicators is confirmed by the international rounds of inter-laboratory comparative measurements.
The international recognition and cooperation with international and state agents when exporting grain products encourages NIBULON’s employees to continuously improve their knowledge, to participate in international programs, etc. The production and technological laboratory is divided into two separate buildings: a laboratory that ensures grain quality control during receipts from/shipments on road transport located in the three-story laboratory and administrative building – is one of the most up-to-date facilities in Ukraine; a laboratory that ensures grain quality control during receipts from/shipments on rail transport, water transport (non-self-propelled vessels and motor vessels) located on the transshipment terminal’s berth. Both laboratories are equipped (in compliance with the highest world standards) with laboratory and research equipment. NIBULON has been successfully audited for compliance with ISCC EU and ISСC PLUS requirements. ISCC certification indicates that the company’s products are sustainable and that product cultivation is environmentally friendly, whilst respecting the principles of social responsibility; its distribution is carried out with the use of effective control systems. This enables NIBULON to export wheat, corn, rapeseed, sunflower, soybean as raw materials to the EU under the ISCC EU for biofuel production. Barley is exported to the EU under the ISCC PLUS for feed use.
NIBULON’s process to take and sample from road transport is unique in Ukraine. The laboratory has the capacity to take and sample from three lines of road transport simultaneously; thus,it increases the speed of grain quality analysis without stopping cargo flow, thereby tripling the terminal’s traffic capacity.
The safety of grain and oilseeds is measured according to the following criteria: content of mycotoxins (aflatoxins, ochratoxin A, zearalenone); residual amount of pesticides; content of toxic elements and radionuclides; presence or absence of GMO in grain and oilseeds is determined in accordance with the List of Food Products approved in Ukraine; content of protein in grain and oilseeds and fatty acid composition; the laboratory measures oil content in oilseeds by express and chemical methods using standard methods recognized throughout the world. In addition to grain, leguminous and oilseeds, food products are also analysed. Depending on the number of samples and the number of safety indicators to be checked, it takes from 5 hours to 3 days to complete the analysis. The laboratory is equipped with devices from world's leading manufacturers, such as: FOSS Analytical AB (Sweden): Infratec 1241 grain analyzer, Infratec NOVA, Kjeltec 8400 analyzer; Dickey John (the USA): GAC 2100 grain moisture tester, Instalab 700 analyzer to measure glucosinolate in rapeseeds; Perten Instrument (Sweden): FALLING NUMBER 1900, FALLING NUMBER 1500, FALLING NUMBER 1000 devices to measure falling number, ML 3310 laboratory mill, Glutomatyk system; NG alveograph-consistograph from Chopin Technologies for comprehensive determination of rheological properties of flour. The chemical department of the laboratory uses the best high-precision equipment, such as Dionex Ultimate 3000 liquid chromatography (Germany), Agilent 7890А gas chromatographs (the USA), AA240Z and AA240FS atomic absorption spectrophotometers produced by Varian (Australia).
The production and technological laboratoryis located in the administrative and laboratory building at each branch and is equipped with the most modern equipment, devices and high-precision measuring equipment, such as: Rakoraf mechanical samplers; PFEUFFER sample splitters; Binder drying cabinets; Infratec 1241 grain analyzers; Instalab 600, Instalab 700 analyzers; Perten,PCHP-7 devices to measure falling number; Glutomatyk systems for mechanical washing of gluten; analytical, laboratory scales; PKH-1 and PKH-2 testers; VDK-3M gluten strain gauges; DE water stills.The current prices for agricultural commodities at each elevator complex and transshipment terminal are posted on thePurchase prices section on NIBULON’s website corporate website.
Trading department (agricultural commodity sales issues):
+38 (0512) 58-04-17
NIBULON’s service to ensure product quality and storage:
+ 38 (0512) 58-04-40