Independent Experts Confirm High Efficiency of Nakhodka Trade Sea Port Environmental Protection Initiatives
The Clean Seas Environmental Foundation presented the results of the independent audit of environmental protection initiatives of Nakhodka Trade Sea Port
The Clean Seas Environmental Foundation presented the results of the independent audit of environmental protection initiatives of Nakhodka Trade Sea Port. For one month, foundation experts have been evaluating the operation of the integrated dust suppression system, including the use of wind and dust screens and the function of stationary and mobile irrigation systems, and measuring coal dust levels at and beyond the boundary of Nakhodka Trade Sea Port protection area.
The experts came to conclusion that the environmental protection initiatives of Nakhodka Trade Sea Port were efficient for the achievement the dust suppression objectives. They indicated that the installation of wind and dust screens together with stationary dust suppression systems will reduce combined pollutant emissions by 98%. Dust levels will be reduced to 0.26 MPL at the main terminal (Coal Terminal 1) and 0.12 MPL at the Cape Astafiev Terminal (Universal Cargo Terminal 2).
Foundation experts also noted the benefits of indoor coal unloading using a rotary car dumper that the port will install by 2020. With up to 90% efficiency, the dumper will improve the ambient air quality and reduce noise in the car unloading area that is the area closest to the residential community. In this area, dusting will be reduced by a factor of 10.
“Maintaining balance between high performance and the conservation of the environment is a fundamental priority for Nakhodka Trade Sea Port. Strong evaluation of our environmental protection initiatives by the experts of the Clean Seas Foundation is a proof that these initiatives are efficient. We will continue implementing our chosen environmental strategy,” said Nakhodka Trade Sea Port CEO Vladimir Grigoriev.
“The environmental protection program developed by Nakhodka Trade Sea Port follows international best practices in the use of environmental protection technologies. This gives us confidence that their plan will be successful, especially in dust suppression and the improvement of ambient air quality, both factors certainly making the environment more comfortable for Nakhodka residents,” said CEO of the Clean Seas Foundation Vasily Bogoslovsky.
The commitment of Nakhodka Trade Sea Port to implement the most environmentally safe coal transfer technologies by 2020 is a part of the Agreement between the port and the Ministry of Transport, Russia’s Federal Environmental Supervision Service, Rosmorport and the Government of Primorsky Krai signed in May 2018 at St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Overall, Nakhodka Trade Sea Port is planning to invest more than 1.3 billion rubles in environmental initiatives.
Nakhodka Trade Sea Port is one of the largest port operations in the Russian Far East. The port is located at the Nakhodka Bay in the Eastern part of the Peter the Great Gulf. Trans-Siberian Railway serving the cargo routes between Europe and Asia connects the port with the whole of Eurasia. The port can unload up to 580 rail cars per day. It has over 300 thousand square meters of warehouses.
The Clean Seas Foundation is a unique comprehensive integrator of engineering, technology and consulting services in the areas of environmental protection and industrial engineering. The foundation supports and partners on environmental protection initiatives, provides expert consulting and audit support for the environmental components of various projects, conducts environmental monitoring of active industrial facilities and facilities under construction, and champions youth environmental education projects. Some of the signature environmental support projects of the Foundation include the Kazan Universiade, Vladivostok 2012 APEC Summit, Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, construction of the energy bridge and gas pipeline over the Kerch Strait, and the Port of Sabetta (Yamal). The Foundation was established in 2009.