#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Dudinka seaport is the only one in the world whose berths are completely submerged during the spring flood. A few weeks before the ice drift, Nornickel’s Polar Transportation Branch began to prepare for flooding: the infrastructure was moved higher, starting with the lifting of Kirovets gantry cranes – there are five of them in the port. Before the water rises, they have to be transported to an unflooded eight-meter mark.
The equipment is rail-based, so towing is carried out with the help of additional equipment and a special ferry team of 23 people.
“Everything is done on command, the crane is distilled along the berths of the production and transshipment complex No. 1. Through the races, it is driven onto a self-propelled cart and then transported to the docking point of the haul on a shoal cart”, said Sergey Goncharov, group mechanic of PTC-1 of the Nornickel Polar Transport Branch.
The latter is equipment designed for transverse lifting of a portal crane. The whole process takes more than an hour – if the weather is good. For example, a wind of 14 meters per second is considered critical when towing.
In a few weeks, the port’s berths will be completely empty, and all infrastructure will be raised to a flood-free zone. And after the flood, the traditional cleaning will begin.
As for winter navigation, 14 more ships will be processed before it ends. Earlier, new lifting equipment was delivered to the Dudinka seaport.
Every year, several million tons of various cargoes are received at the Dudinka seaport – from food to equipment of incredible size.
The journalists of the Severny Gorod TV channel showed that for port workers it is an annual routine, and for other people it is a unique spectacle.
Recall that last year the ice drift on the Yenisey in Dudinka took place on June 2, and on the Norilskaya river – on June 11. We also reported that in 2020 there was the earliest ice drift in the history of observations.
Text: Anzhelika Stepanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko