The Murmansk Commercial Seaport has completed the construction of dust and wind shields. It was delivered under a cooperation agreement with the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology, and the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources signed in 2017, the Year of Ecology in the Russian Federation.
The project includes 13 facilities: spraying systems, new water treatment facilities, an environmental dispatcher office, etc. As Alexey Rykovanov, General Director of the Murmansk Commercial Seaport, said at the ceremony of commissioning the third phase of shields, the company has already completed 86% of the activities scheduled under this agreement. This made it possible to reduce the environmental impact by more than 30 times.
“The construction of dust and wind shields is one of the most important stages of our environmental programme. Our technology enables a four-fold wind speed reduction. The dust suppression efficiency using these shields alone exceeds 80%,” Alexey Rykovanov said.
Before embarking on the project, the company studied the best international experience in applying such technologies at the ports of Japan, Australia, China, Canada and other countries. Then, these technologies were adapted to the conditions of the Arctic zone. Shanfeng (China) performed mathematical modelling of the location for dust and wind shields at Murmansk Commercial Seaport and determined their optimal height and perforation parameters. This served as the basis for comprehensive design and survey work, which resulted in a positive opinion from Glavgosexpertiza of Russia which makes state expert appraisal of design documentation and engineering survey results. After that, the port entered into agreements with contracting organisations for construction and installation work, namely with SMM (St. Petersburg) and Transenergoservis (Murmansk).
“The project is extremely important for the city of Murmansk. Coal dust has worried local residents for many years. Today, in addition to installing dust and wind shields, the company is engaged in a whole range of activities. At all stages of operation, the port uses various dust suppression and cleaning technologies, including fog-generating units and special 'vacuum machines', along with an environmental dispatcher's office. Murmansk Commercial Seaport invests in the environmental safety of the north and sets a good example for colleagues, which is important,” said Andrey Chibis, Governor of the Murmansk region, at the ceremony.
To make the shields more appealing, the Moscow Stroganov Art College developed an exclusive design solution. It features colourful art panels dedicated to Murmansk and Murmansk Commercial Seaport: the Murmansk coat of arms and panels 'Gates to the Arctic', 'Murmansk: Port City' and 'History of the Murmansk Region: Petroglyphs'. Currently, three construction stages have been completed, and 1,553 metres of shield structures 20 metres high have been installed. The total area of the shields is 27,443 square metres.
“This benefits all residents of the Arctic and is a testament that there are local companies that care about the present and future generations of northerners. We are all interested in creating a comfortable environment for our children and grandchildren. By the way, our experience is now being studied in Nakhodka and other ports of Russia. It is possible that the example of Murmansk Commercial Seaport will become a 'green impulse' that will affect every sea harbour of the country,” said Sergey Dubovoy, Chairman of the Murmansk Regional Duma, who thanked everyone for their contribution to this important project for the Murmansk region.
The project for the construction of dust and wind shields in the territory of Murmansk Commercial Seaportis a major step in SUEK’s large-scale work as part of the cooperation agreement with the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology and the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources. Further efforts will be focused on maintaining this high level, analysing the results achieved and improving the technologies used.
As already said, according to the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Murmansk Commercial Seaport is considered to be one of the leaders in introducing the so-called best available techniques to be used for transshipment of bulk cargo at Russian seaports. Approximately 80% of those technologies, which were included in the relevant industry reference book adopted in 2019, have already been implemented at Murmansk Commercial Seaport. In addition to unique dust and wind shields, various dust suppression and cleaning technologies are used at each operation stage. They include a tailor-made spraying system of 14 stationary and 3 mobile fog and snow-generating water units, spraying technologies, special 'vacuum machines' that collect dust from the port and road surface, the environmental dispatcher office and others.