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Russian aircraft carrier damaged in sinking of dock in Murmansk, one worker missing
Russia's sole aircraft carrier, the "Admiral Kuznetsov", was damaged during repairs on Oct 30, 2018, when the drydock holding her sank. One shipyard worker went missing and four were injured in the accident. A70-tonne crane toppled from the drydock's wing wall onto Kuznetsov's deck, leaving a hole measuring four to five meters across. A response team succesfully floated and removed the "Admiral Kuznetsov" from the drydock during the sinking. No vitally important parts of the carrier were damaged, according to United Shipbuilding Corporation . Reparis were estimated to take a week and a half for the welders. The damage would not disrupt the schedule for her repairs. Kuznetsov is scheduled to be out of service for a deep overhaul until 2021. The extensive scope of work included the replacement of her notoriously failure-prone boilers: The Cold War-era vessel has a long history of breakdowns, and she has historically traveled with a fleet tug when she sails abroad. The failed drydock "PD-50" is a key facility at the 82nd Repair Shipyard in Murmansk. The Soviet-era dock measures 330 meters by 88 meters, has a capacity of 80,000 tonnes and was equipped with two tower cranes. Among other noteworthy projects, the PD-50 received the wreckage of the ill-fated nuclear submarine Kursk after its sinking in 2000. The drydock will likely be refloated and repaired, though the timeline for its salvage is uncertain. Russian oil and gas company Rosneft is the majority shareholder of the 82nd Repair Shipyard, and state-owned United Shipbuilding Corporation is considering a lawsuit against Rosneft for expenses related to the casualty. An electrical failure could have led to the abnormal immersion of the dock's port side. While the sinking is unlikely to delay repairs to the Kuznetsov, it will impact the schedule for work on the other military vessels that were awaiting their turn in drydock.
Murmansk Port Experiments with Screens to Control Coal Dust
Officials at the Murmansk Commercial Seaport are taking another shot at reducing the smog of soot that wafts into the city every time port workers load a ship full of coal bound for export to other countries. The “black attack,” as locals call the coal dust, has been a headache in Russia’s Arctic capital for as long as anyone can remember. In the winter it taints snow banks and ice, creating gray rivers of filth with every thaw. For the rest of the year, the coal paints a black crust on city windows and fouls the air. Local politicians have meanwhile petitioned Moscow to forbid the transfer of coal via Murmansk unless it is enclosed in something, instead of housing it in enormous heaps out in the open, but that has largely come to nothing, The problem has gotten so bad in recent years that Vladimir Putin himself last year said alleviating the coal dust in the air around Murmansk was one of his main priorities in a speech he gave in nearby Kaliningrad. https://www.maritime-executive.com/editorials/murmansk-port-experiments-with-screens-to-control-coal-dust
Novatek mulls 20 mil mt/year LNG transshipment terminal in Murmansk
Russian natural gas producer Novatek is considering building a 20 million mt/year transshipment terminal in the northern city of Murmansk, CEO Leonid Mikhelson said late Monday, in a move that could help it save on transporting LNG westward from its active and future LNG plants in the Arctic via the Northern Sea Route. The Murmansk terminal would mirror the transshipment terminal the company plans to build off the northeastern Kamchatka peninsula, to allow reloading LNG cargoes traveling east along the NSR onto regular tankers for onwards shipment to Asia to optimize transportation costs. “In Murmansk, we plan to build an analogous transshipment [terminal to the one in Kamchatka] also with the capacity of up to 20 million mt/year,” Mikhelson was quoted by Prime news agency as saying in the port of Sabetta, from where the company has been shipping LNG since December when it launched the first train of its first LNG plant, Yamal LNG. The Kamchatka terminal is expected to be launched in 2022 and has an option of doubling the capacity to 40 million mt/year, Novatek officials said earlier this year.News schreiben