“As of now, the Murmansk Commercial Seaport has redirected over 10 vessels to other ports. Together with shippers of iron ore concentrate, fertilisers, coal and other cargo, we are currently working on alternative logistics solutions. However, they will all cost much more. At the same time, we are closely cooperating with Russian Railways and search for options to compensate for damages and find favourable tariff solutions that would help maintain the rail traffic volume,” commented Alexey Rykovanov, General Director of the Murmansk Commercial Seaport, on the situation caused by the railroad bridge collapse which happened on 1 May 2020.
Today, the well-developed Murmansk Port logistics is the most efficient in terms of sending goods to Europe, China, India and several other countries. The Murmansk Commercial Seaport is the only port in the North-West of Russia that is capable of handling Capesize vessels with a capacity in excess of 150 thousand tonnes.
“The collapse of the bridge near the Vykhodnaya station has caused serious disruptions in the functioning of a vast logistics chain, with the Murmansk Commercial Seaport as one of the key elements. This being said, railway delivery is considered to be the most important for us,” Alexey Rykovanov emphasised.
Currently, all work related to railway operations has been suspended at the port. Such suspension of freight traffic entails not only overstocking for shippers, but also a decrease in the performance of the Murmansk Commercial Seaport up to a complete shutdown.
The Murmansk Commercial Seaport employs more than 1,300 people. The current railway supply disruption may entail downtime for the port and over 80% of its personnel.
“The Murmansk Commercial Seaport has repeatedly faced various difficulties and boldly overcome them. The collapse of this vital railway, which supplied the city's primary taxpayer with goods from all over the country, requires new and efficient solutions. Nevertheless, we are confident that the coordinated actions of Russian Railways and the Murmansk regional administration will make it possible to repair the bridge in the shortest possible time, restore railway connections and prevent serious financial losses for industrial companies,” Alexey Rykovanov said.