Modernization of the second berth over 300 m in length started at Murmansk Transportation Branch on October 12, 2015. Total investments of Norilsk Nickel in the project amounts RUB 1.5 mln.
Currently, Murmansk Transportation Branch (MTB) has one own berth available for handling vessels. Modernization of additional berthing facilities with dredging will allow two fold increase in freight traffic from 700 thousand tons up to 1.5 mln tons per year. New berth will admit vessels of 11.2m draught. MTB transshipment terminal will be able to handle two or three vessels at a time depending on their size and deadweight. Additionally, project implementation will allow to create new jobs. Commissioning of the facility is scheduled for Q4 2016.
The major part of MTB’s freight traffic is Norilsk Nickel in-house cargos: products, materials, and equipment. It is supposed, that after the closure of Nickel Plant in Norilsk in 2016 the bulk of converter matte produced there will go to Kola MMC site in Monchegorsk for processing. For Murmansk Transportation Branch it will result in considerable increase in both freight traffic from Dudinka to Murmansk and number of the vessels to be handled by transshipment terminal.
Additionally, MTB renders cargo transportation and transloading services for third parties. These are usually social commodities for Norilsk citizens, e.g. foodstuff, medicines, and household items. MTB operates five modern arctic ice-class container vessels, tanker, and harbor icebreaker. With its own fleet Norilsk Nickel is absolutely transport-independent at the Arctic shipping distance.