Nakhodka Trade Sea Port Reports on its 2018 Environmental Initiatives
Nakhodka Trade Sea Port reported the progress of its comprehensive technology upgrade program focused on implementing the most environmentally friendly cargo transfer technologies.
Nakhodka Trade Sea Port reported the progress of its comprehensive technology upgrade program focused on implementing the most environmentally friendly cargo transfer technologies. This year alone, NTSP already invested over 200 million rubles in environmental initiatives. Installation of additional wind and dust screens, as well as stationary and mobile irrigation systems, together with other dust suppression projects, will reduce the port’s environmental footprint during the winter of 2018-2019. The Clean Seas Environmental Foundation states in its report that these initiatives will reduce the overall emissions by 98%.
In 2018, Nakhodka Trade Sea Port continued rolling out its integrated dust suppression system based on international best practices in environmentally safe coal transfer. The port installed additional wind and dust screens bringing their overall length to 1360 meters. Stationary and mobile irrigation systems are now operational, with 6 water guns installed near the wind and dust screens for continuous irrigation of the area. All guns have a wide turning radius and up to 80 meter reach.
The port installed 200 steel support guards, with combined length over one kilometer, around the coal unloading area. These guards reinforce coal stacks and prevent coal spills into the harborage.
Four CASE SV 185 skid steer loaders were purchased for 13 million rubles for the regular cleaning of the port area and road surfaces to remove coal dust. Port area and road surfaces are treated daily with magnesium chloride to prevent dusting.
Nakhodka Trade Sea Port continuously monitors air quality using its own state-of-the-art E-BAM dust monitors. The operation of the dust suppression systems and the compliance with coal transfer technologies are monitored live using a surveillance system. Surveillance data is shared with the Pacific Section of Rosprirodnadzor. The port regularly submits environmental performance reports to regional, municipal and regulatory authorities.
The construction of a 1200 meter long water barrier to prevent wastewater and rainwater spills into the bay is underway in Cargo Terminal at Cape Astafiev. The port also continues working on the design of the new wastewater treatment facilities.
“Maintaining a healthy balance between maximum operational efficiency and the environmental safety of cargo transfer is a top priority for Nakhodka Trade Sea Port. We strive to be the leading port of the Russian Far East by the use of the best technologies available in the industry to minimize our environmental footprint. We will continue sharing regular updates on the progress of our environmental program with local communities as well as regulatory, regional and municipal authorities,” says Nakhodka Trade Sea Port CEO Vladimir Grigoriev.
The commitment of Nakhodka Trade Sea Port to environmental protection initiatives 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 at St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in May 2018. The port is planning to complete its comprehensive transition to the most environmentally friendly cargo transfer technologies by 2020.
One of the key projects to be completed by 2020 is the construction of an indoor coal unloading facility equipped with a rotary car dumper. The equipment has already been purchased, and the development of project documentation is underway.
Nakhodka Trade Sea Port is planning to invest more than 1.3 billion rubles in its environmental program by 2020.
Nakhodka Trade Sea Port publishes monthly reports on the progress of transition to the most environmentally safe cargo transfer technology in the Environment section of its official web site at http://www.nmtport.ru/ekologiya/