Portal cranes mystery

Portal cranes mystery

March 02, 2021

Before the ice drift in the port, all engineering and technical structures get dismantled.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The port head from 1970 to 1988, Alexander Kizim, recalled his first impression of the ice drift from the 1960s:

“…Ice fields of one and a half meters thick pile up above the water, crushing everything… At that time, the port leaders in the control room got happy when they managed to guess right to what point the ice mass reached the descent path of the portal cranes…”

The only port in the world, whose berths are flooded every year in the spring and where after the flood they begin to restore the destruction, in 1975 acquired the Kizim dam. This unique hydraulic structure, named after the project’s author, made it possible to protect the port from the ice drift instead of guessing its destructive force. However, the ice drift itself, captured by one of the combine’s photo-information bureau employees in the spring of 1966, has not lost its attractiveness even after 55 years.

The portal cranes are taken away from the berth every spring

In 1966, the Dudinka port celebrated the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the first structures construction. In 1936, the first crib berth, that is, a wooden berth and sheds for storing Norilskstroy cargoes, were built, and an intraport railway track was laid.

Read other materials of the photo project in the History spot section.

Text: Varvara Sosnovskaya, Photo: Nornickel polar division archive

March 02, 2021

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