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Recertification external audit in Muuga terminal

 In September 2016, the auditing company AS Metrosert conducted at the AS DBT terminal in the port of Muuga regular recertification external audit of the quality management system, which confirmed the compliance of the system with the requirements of the international standard ISO 9001: 2008.

On 05.09.2017, there took place AS Metrosert auditors first control visit to the AS DBT terminal in the port of Muuga within the current certification cycle of the quality management system, which was carried out according to the plan of conduct of external audit.

The audit showed that the quality management system still meets the requirements of the ISO 9001: 2008 standard within the scope of application.

During the audit, no discrepancies were detected. There was made a recommendation to continue the validity of the certificate based on the ISO 9001: 2008 standard.

The audit showed that the quality management system is updated and meets modern requirements. Changes in the areas of responsibility of the terminal are implemented successfully. A significant part of the system was amended and adjusted for structural changes resulting from the merger of the companies in the previous period. Control by management is holistic. Claims from clients were not received, problems with the quality of services were not detected. Visual inspection during visiting the terminal territory did not reveal any deviations from the requirements of the quality standard.

The quality management system recertification in Muuga terminal

 On 16.08 - 17.08.2016 at AS DBT Muuga terminal took place the quality management system recertification audit, which was conducted by AS Metrosert auditors. 

The organization follows the established quality policy, and quality objectives' fulfilment is monitored regularly. 
AS DBT employs skilled and competent staff. The company has secured the necessary work environment and infrastructure. The company's main activity planning, information transmission, monitoring and measurement of processes and services runs operativelly. The workflow processes are controlled. Customer feedback on the organization's activities is rated as very good. 
The management system implemented in the company continues to function in accordance with the requirements of the standard. The company's own requirements that were established and implemented are effective and contribute to the organization's policy and objectives. 
Auditors' position is that the quality management system is a modern, developed and improved. The discrepancies have not been recorded during the audit. 
Joy's soul lies in the doing!  William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) "Troilus and Cressida"

Notification of merger of AS BCT and AS DBT

Hereby we would like to inform all our clients and partners that on March 1, 2016 the merger of AS DBT (registration number 10237594) and AS BCT (registration number 11258902) was officially registered.
The name of merged company is AS DBT. In this process the acquiring company has been AS DBT, which is a legal successor of all rights and obligations of AS BCT.

Now our company AS DBT has 2 terminals: terminal DBT in Muuga Port and terminal BCT in Sillamäe Port.

Legal address of merged company AS DBT is following:
Koorma 13, Haabneeme, Viimsi parish, Harju county, 74115, Estonia.
Postal address and address of our central office is following:
Narva mnt 7D, section A, 10117, Tallinn, ESTONIA
Postal addresses and contact-numbers of both terminals were maintained.

We hope for further fruitful cooperation.

Directorate of AS DBT

New publication released: Potash Fertilizer Handbook

In July 2015 a new handbook was published: Potassium and potash fertilizers. Handling at sea terminals (in Russian) by Dr. Viktor Skorobogatov, chemical engineer. 


The main content of the Handbook are potash fertilizers. The Handbook also provides an estimation of world production/consumption and balance of mineral fertilizers by macroelements (nitrogen, phosphor, potassium) up to 2017. The Handbook comprises characteristics of chemicals properties, shows the impact of chemical elements contained in fertilizers on the development of plants and humans.  General classification of mineral fertilizers, physical and chemical properties, fertilizers loading features in Russian Federation and European Union are provided as well as sampling methods and chemical analysis established in the European Union.   

Certain chapters are devoted to potassium salts and mining thereof, production of potassium compounds, handling safety of potash fertilizers. Examples of classification and marking of potash fertilizers in the UN and GHS systems are provided. Techniques and means are presented for handling of bulk and packaged (containers, big bags) fertilizers and transportation thereof by rail, water and road. There is a description of bulk fertilizers storage conditions in hip and dome roof facilities as well as in open storage.  It is also shown how physical properties and storage mode of fertilizers impact the preservation of fertilizer quality and storage duration. Considerations are provided in terms of process schemes and equipment for possible use of pneumatic transport systems at a sea terminal for handling of dispersed (dusty, fine-grained) mineral fertilizers.

30 annexes to the Handbook contain the process information necessary for handling mineral fertilizers including UN and GHS data of classification and marking of hazardous goods and chemicals, international system of units, names of mineral fertilizers in 15 EU languages.

The Handbook is meant for a wide range of various profile specialists of sea port terminals handling potash and other mineral fertilizers, surveyors, port services. The content of the Handbook is advantageous for specialists of fertilizer producing companies and can be used for training purposes by chemical fertilizer companies and sea bulk terminals.

22 chapters, 511 pages, tables, process charts, photos.

ISBN 978-9949-38-185-2


Contents of the Handbook

Abstract, p.2
Introduction, p.3.
Author's note, p.4

Part I. General characteristics of chemical elements
  Chapter 1. Chemical elements in the nature, p.12
  Chapter 2. Chemical elements in the Element Periodic Table, p.16
  Chapter 3. Chemical elements in plants, p.29
  Chapter 4. Chemical elements in living organism, p.56

Part II. General characteristics of fertilizers
  Chapter 5. General classification of fertilizers, p.145
  Chapter 6. Characteristics of bulk mineral fertilizers, p.165
  Chapter 7. Inspection methods of fertilizers physical and chemical properties (examples),   p.188 

Part III. Chemical element potassium and its compounds
  Chapter 8. Potassium, properties, production, use, p.223
  Chapter 9. Potassium compounds, p .228
  Chapter 10. Availability and mining of potash salts, p.263
  Chapter 12. Potash fertilizers, p. 273
  Chapter 13. Production methods of potash fertilizers, p. 293
  Chapter 14. Safety requirements for handling potash fertilizers, p.306 

Part IV.  Transportation, storage and packaging of mineral fertilizers
  Chapter 15. Transportation of mineral fertilizers, p.315
  Chapter16.  Handling of mineral fertilizers in  bulk, p.344
  Chapter 17.  Storage of mineral fertilizers in bulk and packaging,  p.353

Part V. Development of AS DBT-BCT fertilizer handling capacity
  Chapter 18. Potash fertilizer terminal, p.381
  Chapter 19. Handling of dispersed fertilizers by pneumatic transport, p.390

Part VI. Reference information
  Chapter  20. Photos  of handling fertilizers at AS DBT terminal, p.404
  Chapter 21. Annexes, p.412
  Chapter  22. Reviews, bibliography, regulatory documents, references, p.518

Name giving ceremony

On July 19th, at noon a ceremony of announcement of the names of young leopards we take care of took place in the Tallinn Zoo. Darlas and Freddis fifth offspring two girls and a boy - came into the world on April 3rd. AS DBT suggested a symbolic name for one of the girls Muusi, being an acronym of the words Muuga and Sillamae. Acron chose the name Dora - for the other girl. Name Freddo for the boy was chosen by the Tallinn Zoo.
In support of our further cooperation with the zoo and taking care of the young leopards, a respective agreement was signed by Alar Lohmus - head of the Society of the Friends of the Tallinn Zoo and Aleksandr Volohhonski Chairman of AS DBT Board.
As the kitties usually spend their day time sleeping, Muusi, Dora and Freddo could be seen only on large photo portraits.
During the event Mati Kaal Director of the Tallinn Zoo and famous biologist Aleksei Turovski spoke about the zoo activities in the entire world in the area of preservation of endangered animals including the life of these proud and noble fauna representatives leopards.
Both adults and kinds had a great time answering the questionnaire about leopards and winning awards. At the end everyone could taste a special swirl pastry and soft drinks.


Amur leopard female Darla has given three new cubs

Early this morning Amur leopard female Darla has given birth to two new cubs and later - one more. This is Darlas fifth offspring. She is ten years old. Freddi living in Tallinn Zoo is the oldest Amur leopard father. Darla with 13 cubs has some way to go to the record. Record is 25 cubs!

AS DBT is the caretaker of Amur leopards in Tallinn Zoo

Live camera....

3 new dome storage facilities

AS BCT terminal that has been operating in the Port of Muuga for 17 years has successfully completed the construction of 3 new dome storage facilities. This has drawn the line under the next project of development and improvement of customer service quality.

Implementation of the project enables AS DBT terminal to receive up to 192,000 tons of mineral fertilizers for simultaneous storage in bulk, which contributes to the increase of the terminal annual capacity and respective freight turnover growth. Availability of three additional domes allows AS DBT to extend the range and  variety of the products received for handling ensuring their separate storage for better preservation of fertilizer  quality and properties, focusing however on keeping  on the high quality of the services provided.

Despite the continuously growing international competition among the ports and port terminals of the Baltic Sea, AS DBT is steadily keeping its leadership in mineral freight handling permanently addressing the issues related to the development and improvement of its operations for the benefit of customer service. 

Amur leopard puppy Acra living in Tallinn Zoo in ward of AS DBT flew the nest

 On Saturday, November 23rd, 2013, at noon a farewell party with Acra - one of the three Amur leopard puppies born last year - took place. Acra was the first one ready to fly the nest and leave for a new home. 

Tallinn Zoo, our partner AS DBT and NGO Friends of Tallinn Zoo invited their friends to say good-by to Acra in the main square of the zoo. In a specially erected warm tent zoologist Aleksei Tourovski spoke about leopards sharing information about Amur leopards being one of the most endangered species in the world (only several dozens of Amur leopards live freely in nature). Trivia games, awards and sweeties were waiting for children. 
Acra was the first one to leave Tallinn Zoo for Moscow Zoo, which becomes her home already this week. Two other Amur leopard puppies, Freya and Vlada stay home so far. Acras send-off was simultaneously an expectation for new hopes: Darla the super-mum of the puppies and her partner Freddy will meet again after a 1.5 year recess to get off a possible birth for a new leopard generation.

Vladimir Volohhonski died


We regret to inform you that Vladimir Volohhonski, a well-known Estonian businessman and professional in transport, transit and logistic sector, irreplaceable head of AS DBT, Cavalier of the White Star Order died an untimely early death on May 13th, 2013.

Visitation was on Thursday, May 16th, at St.Nicolas Church, Tallinn with prayers.




The existing laboratory of DBT equipped with necessary devices

In 2005 in connection with operational necessity it was decided to set up a mini laboratory at DBT terminal for efficient and operative determination of physical properties of cargoes and conditions of their warehousing. From January 2006 the existing laboratory equipped with necessary devices allows determining the following characteristics:


The 5-th dome-type warehouse airform was inflated

Made of tough, weather-impermiable material, the airform was attached to the ring beam footing. The airform was then inflated with dual inflator fans. The airform determines the final shape of the dome and becomes a protective cover when the dome is completed

AS DBT consider plans on construction of the 5-th dome-type warehouse in 2005

Construction of the 5-th dome-type warehouse is planned in 2005 using tried and tested technology.