2 In the Large Russian Port

In the Large Russian Port

Posted on September 1, 2014 by team

The seaport of Novorossiysk is the largest in Russia and the fifth largest European port according to cargo turnover. It handles 20% of the general cargo volume exported and imported through Russian seaports. The port is situated in the north-east coast in a non-freezing Novorossiysk bay on the Black Sea.

Total area of the port is 238 hectares.

Bay panorama.

Total length of the waterfront amounts to fifteen kilometers and consists of 88 bays intended for different purposes.

The port provides a full range of services for handling liquid, bulk, mixed, and containerized types of cargo.

Cargo turnover of the Novorossiysk seaport amounted to 141 million tons in 2013.

Navigation in the port lasts all year around. The bay is available for vessels with a draft of up to nineteen meters.

Daily traffic flow to Novorossiysk station  – 800 cars (almost 300 thousand cars annually).
The station and the port exchange the necessary information and plan their work together.

Ships carrying mixed cargo come to the port most frequently. Permanent visitors in the port are vessels under Turkish and Maltese flags.

Less frequent guests are container ships, though their number keeps growing. The numbers of Ro-Ro ships is growing, too.

Bulk carriers come for mineral fertilizers and products of the iron and steel industry.

Big ocean-goers moor in the port, too.

Container turnover of the port amounted to 610,5 thousands in 2013. Such volume is provided by the favourable geographic position of Novorossiysk.

The two LIEBHERR LHM 550 cranes have a carrying capacity of 124 tons.


In general, the seaport has fifteen mobile cranes whose lifting capacity ranges from 45 to 124 tons, 51 gantry cranes – lifting capacity from 10 to 63 tons and one travelling crane – 10 tons.

They have 90 KALMAR loaders.

It works for any type of cargo.

“Perfectionist’s hell”.

Container terminal of the port, capacity – 350 thousand TEUs annually.

Grab loading of coal.

Average time of discharge by means of a grab is 1-1,5 hours.

Iron ore raw materials loading.

Iron ore raw materials.

The berth for mixed and bulk loads.

Reloading of raw sugar from the bulk ship to railway cars through the receiving bunker device.

Raw cane sugar comes from South America.

Work in the port never stops, they just plan it according to weather conditions.

Oil terminal “Sheskharis”.

The terminal has already handled 1,2 billion tons of oil.

Oil pier depth reaches 14,5 m.

Average oil load rate – 10 000 t/h.

The reservoir farm of the oil base has nineteen reservoirs, whose general capacity is 99,000 m3.

Apart from oil through the berths of the terminal they arrange shipment of fuel oil and diesel fuel.

In general, 6000 people are employed by the port.

Crews often consist of Filipinos, Chinese, Indians, Indonesians, and members from Eastern Europe and Turkey.

Berth of the ship-repair factory.


Their power may reach 5,700 hp.

The fleet of the port also has one specialized fire fighting boat, six oil-tankers, two water tank boats, and fourteen auxiliaries.

Bunkering – ship fueling.

“Captain Shiryaev” bunkering “Annabella I”.

Outer harbour.

The Novorossiysk port accepts more than 4500 vessels annually.

Residents of any port…


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2 Responses to “In the Large Russian Port”

  1. Vijay says:

    Very educative, glad to see this set.

  2. montanagood4soul says:

    Neat pics! Thanks for sharing. Perfectionist’s Hell? very amusing. I have always wondered why the oil tankers have the overhanging “wings” on the sides of the cabin structure.

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