Hazardous emissions from ship engines at Murmansk Commercial Seaport reduced more than two times over a 7-year period
Hazardous emissions from ship engines at Murmansk Commercial seaport have reduced by more than a half over a 7-year period, MCS refers to the expert report of the Central Marine Research and Design Institute (CNIIMF JSC).
The scientists have carried out an analysis of ship calls to Murmansk Commercial seaport over a 7-year period. The findings show that MCS has recently started handling mostly the largest ships – Panamax and Capesize ships.
In 2010, the port handled 488 ships including only 54 Panamax ships and no Capesize ships. The year of 2016 saw a reduction in total number of calls to 271 ships but it included 101 Panamax ships and 20 Capesize ships while the throughput of the Arctic Basin’s largest stevedore remained stable, at about 15 mln t.
According to the expert analysis, the reduction of calls and handling of larger and more advanced dry cargo carriers has resulted in reduction of hazardous emissions from ship power plants – by more than a half over a 7-year period. Involvement of bulkers with the age not exceeding 20 years and, consequently, with more advanced power plants, bunkering with low-sulphur fuel and reduction of the on-berth time due to intensified loading operations also contributed to the reduction of emissions.
Murmansk Commercial seaport is going to continue a policy focused on minimization of environmental impact. The company is developing measures to reduce on-berth time and time during which the ships use their electric powerplants through offering on-shore power supply.
Panamax ships can go through the Panama Canal fully loaded. Their dimensions should not exceed the width of 32.3 m, length – 294.1 m, height – 57.91 m (from the waterline to the highest point of the vessel), draught - 12 m, and deadweight – about 75,000 t. With a deadweight of 120,000 – 170,000 t, Capesize is the largest size category for dry cargo carriers. They are too large for the Panama Canal and have to sail round Africa via the Cape of Good Hope or round the America via the Cape Horn.
Murmansk Commercial Seaport (MMTP JSC) was founded in 1994. MMTP operates 17 berths with total length of about 3 km. The waters depths allow the port accommodate vessels with draft of up to 15.5 m and length of over 265 m. The bulk of the company’s throughput is coal - 93.3% of total throughput (13.6 mln t).