#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Nornickel Polar transport branch (PTB) is preparing for the end of winter navigation and the beginning of floods. The closure of winter navigation is one of the peak periods for port workers.
Since the beginning of the season, 57 vessels and more than 751 thousand tons of various cargoes have been handled in the Dudinka port. Before the start of the inter-navigation pause, which lasts about a month, the port workers will have to handle at least six more ships.
The Dudinka port is unique in terms of hydrological parameters: it is the only port in the world whose berths are flooded with flood waters every spring. The entire infrastructure of the port is dismantled in advance and moved to higher elevations. After the ice drift, it is restored again. The port is located on the right bank of the Yenisey river and is operated both river and sea at the same time. The Northern Sea Route passes through it.
This year, on May 22-24, in Dudinka, the flooding of sea berths with 8 meters water raise is expected, the press service of Nornickel said.
“Now the water has reached the level of 7.56 meters, only 44 centimeters separate us from the annual flooding of the berths. The situation is complicated by the presence of a large amount of cargo: pipes, mineral wool, cement. Which significantly increases the processing time. We have been working in this mode for several years. The team steadfastly endures all the hardships, realizing the colossal significance of their work for the entire region. They are real heroes”, – commented the acting deputy director of PTB for production Valery Milohin.
The port workers are doing everything possible to fulfill the maximum program by May 22nd and hear the farewell whistle of the ending, as they say, winter navigation vessel.
Let us remind you that summer passenger navigation to Dudinka will start in June.
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Text: Angelica Stepanova: Photo: Vitas Beneta, Nikolay Shchipko, Olga Polyanskaya and instagram.com/dudinka_seaport