The 2021 Arctic programme is well under way at Murmansk Commercial Seaport. As part of the programme, at berth No. 15 of Cargo District 2, the Port loaded 15,013 tonnes of cargo on board of Northern Project, a Russian ship engaged in infrastructure projects in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation. This operation was special because Murmansk port workers loaded both bulk and general cargo: crushed stone, equipment, vehicles and containers.
"This is a complex loading operation, when one vessel is loaded with cargo types that are fundamentally different in nature. Each one is specific, and they require the use of specialised machinery, appropriate technologies and skills. All tasks have been completed promptly and just as planned," said Vitaly Vlasov, Chief Dispatcher of the Port.
This is not the first call of Northern Project at Murmansk Commercial Seaport. In 2020 alone, the vessel berthed at the Port five times. Northern Project is a multi-purpose ice-class vessel (Arc4) with a deadweight of 20,000 tonnes, equipped with 60-tonne cranes.
At the moment, Northern Project has left the Kola Bay and is heading to the Port of Sabetta. In April, Northern Project will complete its trip and again berth at Murmansk Commercial Seaport for the next Arctic cargo.
Murmansk Commercial Seaport is the largest port in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation and ensures year-round cargo transportation to the most important logistics centres around the world.
In late 2020, the transport assets of SUEK and EuroChem were placed under the management of the National Transportation Company (NTC), part of SUEK Group. The new transport operator includes the Murmansk Commercial Seaport and Bulk Terminal, Vanino Bulk Terminal (Daltranugol), Tuapse Bulk Terminal. In terms of the railcar fleet under management, NTC ranks 4th among the major operators in the Russian Federation.