An extended meeting of the Ecology, Environmental Protection, Technology, Mechanisation and Nature Conservation Committee (Association of Commercial Seaports) was held today in Murmansk. It was attended by more than 20 leading stevedoring companies of the Russian Federation. The Murmansk Commercial Seaport has held such meeting for the first time. The reasons for the meeting were the completion of work and the approval of the list of the best available technology (BAT), which should be used for load shipment at Russian ports.
The choice of the Murmansk Commercial Seaport was deliberate. As noted at the meeting, the Murmansk port provided the basis for developing this reference book of the best available technology.
'We can proudly and responsibly say that about 80 percent of the best available technology included in the reference book either has been implemented or is at the implementation stage on our site. We have something to share with our colleagues,' Alexander Masko, General Director of the Murmansk Commercial Seaport, emphasised.
The introduction of advanced technology at Murmansk Commercial Seaport was preceded by studying the best practices of the largest stevedoring companies in Japan, China, Canada, Australia and South Africa. Following this study, Murmansk Commercial Seaport developed its own environmental programme worth over 3 billion roubles, which comprises 12 activities, including the construction of dust and wind shields 20 metres high and about 2 kilometres long around the site perimeter, introducing an environmental forecasting system involving the port environmental control station, the use of a sprinkling system consisting of 17 fog and snow generators, a road sprinkling system, etc.
'We see not just advancement, but specific results. Murmansk Commercial Seaport has become one of the leaders in the use of the best available technology for coal shipment purposes. This work continues,' the Deputy Governor of the Murmansk region Yevgeny Nikora said.
'In my opinion, Murmansk is one of the most advanced regions in this respect, which has been confirmed once again,' Igor Ivachev, Director of the Department of State Policy and Regulation in the Field of Environmental Protection and Environmental Safety of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, commented.
'Murmansk is a special city, because it began to solve these issues earlier than everyone else and has been solving them on a continuous basis. This trend is an example for the whole country,' Dmitry Tarasov, Chairman of the Ecology, Environmental Protection, Technology, Mechanisation and Nature Conservation Committee (Association of Commercial Seaports), said.
As mentioned by the Board Chairman of Murmansk Commercial Seaport, SUEK's Director of Logistics Denis Ilatovsky, the development and adoption of the reference book is the result of a nearly two-year-long process, when SUEK set a new level of meeting environmental requirements during coal shipment at ports. This work began as part of the Year of Ecology in the Russian Federation. Its starting point was an agreement with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and Rosprirodnadzor of the Russian Federation. The Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, regional and municipal authorities and the Association of Commercial Seaports jointly worked on the project. What has been done is an example of the well-coordinated work of the entire industry aimed at solving a complex problem.
'We sought to solve it as an excellent student, by wide margins. In addition, using the example of the Murmansk Commercial Seaport, we wanted to make this technology look pretty. The dust and wind shields under construction will dominate the surroundings, creating a good environment in the city; therefore, they should be pleasant to the sight,' Board Chairman of Murmansk Commercial Seaport, SUEK's Director of Logistics Denis Ilatovsky said.
The Association of Commercial Seaports unites more than 70 industry organisations and maritime transport companies in Russia. The Association's main task is to coordinate the efforts of the professional community for the effective development of maritime transport and the fulfilment of Russia's transport potential. ACS includes leading commercial seaports, forwarding and agent companies, research institutes and maritime educational institutions.