The participants of the Fifth International Arctic Forum titled Arctic: Territory of Dialogue visited facilities of Primorsk Port in Leningrad Region.
The environment is one of the key topics to be discussed at the forum. While visiting the facilities of Transneft Primorsk Port and Primorsk Commercial Port (part of NCSP Group), the event participants could get acquainted with state-of-the-art technologies of ensuring the environmental safety of navigation and stevedore works at the port.
For many years the operations at Primorsk Port have been notable for high environmental safety standards. Primorsk Port is a leader in implementing modern environment technologies. Transneft Primorsk Port and Primorsk Commercial Port are certified on the basis of the ISO 14001:2015 international environment management standard.
On 14 October 2018, Primorsk Port carried out the first loading of crude onto the “green” tank ship Prospekt Gagarina (owned by Sovcomflot), fueled with LNG. Overall, 10 LNG-driven ships have been handled at the port’s berths as of today. More than 900 thou tonnes of cargo have been loaded onto Prospekt Gagarina as well as the similar ships Prospekt Mendeleyeva and Prospekt Lomonosova in this timeframe.
During their visit to Primorsk Port, the forum participants mounted the board of the tank ship Prospekt Mendeleyeva. The Prospekt Mendeleyeva is the third in the series of six Aframax tank ships designed to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG) as their main fuel. These tank ships have set a new environmental safety standard in navigation. Using LNG reduces sulfur oxide and carbon soot emissions by up to 100%, nitrogen oxide emissions—by 76%, while carbon dioxide emissions are cut by 27%, as compared to vessels driven by standard heavy fuel.
Primorsk Port is the largest North-Western port for the transshipment of crude oil and petroleum products, meeting high environmental safety standards.
Since the beginning of Primorsk Port operations in 2001, more than 12,500 tank ships have been handled in total and more than 1.0 billion tonnes of crude oil and petroleum products have been loaded.
The crude oil shipping capacity of Primorsk Port is 60 million tonnes a year, the petroleum products shipping capacity standing at 25.0 million tonnes a year. In 2018, 38.5 million tonnes of crude and 14.9 million tonnes of petroleum products were loaded onto tank ships.
For crude to be loaded, the port receives Aframax tank ships with deadweight reaching 120,000 tonnes and Suezmax tankers with deadweight reaching 150,000 tonnes. Petroleum products are loaded onto tankers with deadweight ranging from 22,000 to 150,000 tonnes (Seawaymax, Panamax, Aframax and Suezmaxtank ships).
Complying with all requirements of Russian Federation’s environmental law as well as requirements of the ISO 14001:2015 international standard, the port monitors, on a regular basis, the condition of environment samples, sources of man-made impact in the area of Primorsk Port’s facilities.
As regards industrial environmental control programmes, in-situ (field) measurements are taken, along with collection and handover of operational waste to specialised licensed companies. Regulatory environmental documentation is being prepared, including documents for the technical maintenance of environment conservation facilities. In keeping with the environmental law, reports on Primorsk Commercial Port’s activities are submitted to supervisory bodies on a quarterly basis, including a hydrochemical water examination report, upfront payments for negative environmental impact, well utilisation taxes, payments for the water area as well as annual statistical reports on the air, water and waste.
With an eye on environment conservation and oil spill response in the water area of the Gulf of Finland within the Port’s responsibility zone and in line with the LEOS (local emergency oil spill) response plan, booms are set around tank ships at berths during loading operations to trap leaks; systematic patrolling and examination of the port water area, coastline and berths is carried out to detect traces of fuels and lubricants as well as floating litter.
To take care of managerial decisions, Primorsk Commercial Port estimates environmental efficiency by way of criteria selection, data collection and analysis and information assessment based on the chosen criteria as well as seeks to continuously improve this process.