Azov Basin Branch Ecological Activities

Azov Basin Branch Ecological Activities

I. Environmental protection in the current economic activity
     1. Atmospheric air protection
     2. Water resources protection
     3. Land plots protection
     4. Wastes disposal
II. Environmental protection during operations on shipboard wastes collection
III. Environmental protection during dredging works
IV. Environment protection during construction / reconstruction of port infrastructure facilities
V. The FSUE “Rosmorport” Azov Basin Branch expenses on environmental protection
VI. Environmental activities prospects

 

     Main objectives of the FSUE “Rosmorport” Azov Branch in the field of environment protection are:

       - reducing the negative environmental impact that arises in process of economic activity of the branch;
       - compliance with environmental legislation and environmental quality standards;
       - operational control over the implementation of environmental protection measures by the branch.
     Environmental protection activities of the Azov Basin Branch are carried out in accordance with annual environmental protection plans for management and the branch as a whole, developed and approved in accordance with the requirements of the Russian Federation legislation.

     In order to ensure environmental protection activities in the staffing table, the Azov Basin Branch has environmental protection sector, which deals with the organization of control of the Branch’s compliance with norms and requirements of the Russian legislation in the field of environmental protection, implements measures of industrial environmental monitoring in the implementation of the statutory forms of the branch activity in the seaports of Azov, Rostov-on-Don and Taganrog.
     Employees of the branch, engaged in this field of activity, have the necessary specialized education and experience in specialty of at least 3 years.

 

I. Environmental protection in the current economic activity

 

     In the process of carrying out economic activities of the Azov Basin Branch, environmental protection measures are taken in the following areas:

 

1. Atmospheric air protection


     To carry out its statutory activities, the Azov Basin Branch manages vessels of the auxiliary fleet, a vehicles park, production repair base. Within the production control, instrumental monitoring of emissions from motor vehicles and conducting measuring of emissions (pollutants) and opacity of exhaust gases of marine engines are regularly carried out by attracted specialized laboratories.

     Pursuant to the Russian Federation environmental legislation, draft standards for maximum permissible pollutants emission in the atmosphere was developed in the Azov Basin Branch, on the basis of which permission No. B-15/282 dated 19.10.2012 for emission of harmful (polluting) substances into the air (except for radioactive substances), issued by Department of Rosprirodnadzor in the Southern Federal District Order No. 3773 dated 19.10.2012, was received in the established order.

 

The FSUE “Rosmorport” Azov Branch Pollutant Emissions Dynamics

 

 

2. Water resources protection

 

     To achieve its statutory objectives, the Azov Basin Branch uses water bodies located in the water area of the Taganrog Bay of the Azov Sea and the Azov-Don Sea Canal, in order to place floating facilities and berths, carry out dredging.
     In accordance with the water legislation of the Russian Federation, the Azov Basin Branch concluded contracts for water use:
       - No. 00-05.01.05.010-М-DRBK-Т-2015-01247/00 dated 03.09.2015 with the Donskoy Basin Water Department of Rosvodresursy on the use of water area section of the Taganrog Bay of the Azov Sea with total area 0.03 km2 to place floating facilities at the “Southern pierh” in the seaport of Taganrog;
       - No. 00-05.01.05.010-М-DRBK-Т-2016-01374/00 dated 30.03.2016 with the Donskoy Basin Water Department of Rosvodresursy on the use of water area section of the Taganrog Bay of the Azov Sea with total area 0.001 km2 to place floating facilities at berth No. 1 in the seaport of Taganrog, valid until March 30, 2021.

     Currently, also in accordance with the requirements of the water legislation, the Azov Basin Branch is bidding on an auction for the right to conclude a new contract of water use in the water area of Taganrog Bay of the Azov Sea with area 0,001 km2 to place floating facilities at berth No. 1, due to expiry of the previous contract of water use.

     Besides, in the prescribed manner the Azov Basin Branch received decisions on provision of water objects for use:

       - No. № 00-05.01.05.010-М-RBBK-Т-2014-00996/00 dated 13.10.2014 to carry out dredging works associated with changes in bottom and coasts of the water body at the Taganrog approach channel, issued by the Donskoy Basin Water Department of Rosvodresursy, valid on August 29, 2018;

       - No.  № 00-05.01.05.011-М-RBBK-Т-2015-01220/00 dated 30.07.2015 to carry out dredging works associated with changes in bottom and coasts of the water body at the Taganrog approach channel, issued by the Donskoy Basin Water Department of Rosvodresursy, valid until June 18, 2020;

       - No. 61-05.01.05.009-Р-RLBK-Т-2015-01301/00 dated 24.12.2015 for the construction of hydraulic structures, associated with change in bottom and coasts of the water body, issued by the Donskoy Basin Water Department of Rosvodresursy, valid until December 31, 2016.

     In accordance with Article 37.1 of Federal Law No. 155-FZ dated 31.07.1998 “On internal sea waters, territorial sea and contiguous zone of the Russian Federation” (as amended and augmented) the Azov Basin Branch received permissions for burial in the internal sea waters of the bottom soil excavated during dredging:

       - permission No. 28M dated 23.01.2015 for burial in the internal sea waters of the bottom soil excavated during dredging in the Taganrog approach channel and the approaches to the hydraulic structures in the seaport of Taganrog, issued by Rosprirodnadzor, valid from March 1, 2015 till August 29, 2018;

       - permission No. 52M dated 16.09.2015 for burial in the internal sea waters of the bottom soil excavated during dredging in the sea and river part of the Azov-Don sea canal issued by Rosprirodnadzor, valid from September 17, 2015 till June 18, 2020.

     Besides the use of surface water bodies, the Azov Basin Branch uses groundwater during its economic activities for water supply of its production facilities.  In the established order the Azov Basin Branch obtained licenses for subsoil use:

       - series RST No. 02608 dated 10.01.2012, license type – VE, issued by the Department of Mineral Resources of the Southern Federal District, valid until 01.11.2032;

       - series RST No. 02975 dated 02.09.2013, license type – VE, issued by the Department of Mineral Resources of the Southern Federal District, valid until 01.09.2033.

 

      Under the terms of the contract of water use, decisions on the provision of water objects for use, permissions for burial in the internal sea waters of the bottom soil excavated during dredging, and approved by the Donskoy Basin Water Department of Rosvodresursy programs of conducting regular monitoring of water bodies and water protection zones, the Azov Basin Branch carries out selection and analysis of samples of the used by the branch water bodies with the assistance of attracted accredited laboratory.

      Following the last year results, no contamination of the used by the Azov Basin Branch water bodies have been recorded.

      Besides, within the concluded contracts of enterprise’s berths lease in the seaport of Taganrog, the Azov Basin Branch carries out production control over berths lessee’s compliance with the requirements in the field of water bodies protection from contamination during operation of leased port infrastructure facilities, interacting with the aqueous medium.

 

3. Land plots protection

 

      In order to prevent pollution, littering and fouling of the assigned to the Azov Basin Branch territory, the Branch carries out:

      - periodical cleaning and timely removal of rubbish and waste on a contractual basis with specialized licensed organizations;

      - equipping and maintenance of places of temporary storage of the waste of the branch in accordance with the requirements of environmental protection and sanitary-epidemiological legislation of the Russian Federation;

      - control over compliance of lessees of the property of the Azov Basin Branch with contractual obligations on timely cleaning of the used areas and removal of waste.

 

4. Wastes disposal

 

      The Azov Basin Branch keeps permanent record of volume of different types of waste generated in the process of current economic activities, monitoring of places of temporary storage, frequency of removal for reprocessing or recycling.

      In accordance with the requirements of the environmental legislation of the Russian Federation on the basis of projects developed by the Department of Rosprirodnadzor for the Southern Federal District, Order No. 2219 dated 21.08.2012 establishes regulations dated 21.08.2012 for the Azov Basin Branch on waste generation and limits of their placement.

      The majority of production and consumption waste generated in the Azov Basin Branch, are related to the 3rd, 4th and 5th classes of hazard. The proportion of waste of the 1st and 2nd classes of hazard, such as waste fluorescent and mercury vapor lamps, batteries, is 0.06% of the total volume of waste of the branch.

      For disposal of waste generated in the process of current economic activities of the branch, corresponding contracts on their disposal or placement have been concluded with specialized licensed organizations.

      In particular, the first and second hazard class waste is sent to specialized companies that neutralize and processed it. The third hazard class waste (various oils, bilge and oily waters resulting from operation of vessels and floating facilities of the branch) is also sent to specialized companies for disposal. Municipal solid waste is transported to municipal landfills for disposal, waste and fecal waters flow into the city sewer system.

 

The FSUE “Rosmorport” Azov Basin Branch Waste Generation Dynamics

 

 

II. Environmental protection during operations on shipboard wastes collection

 

Using its own technical resources and equipment, by efforts of certified professionals, the Azov Basin Branch provides ecological services on collection of shipboard wastes and polluted waters from vessels in the seaport of Taganrog, in accordance with the requirements of MARPOL 73/78.

Activities on shipboard wastes collection is carried out by the Azov Basin Branch in accordance with license No. 077216 dated 19.04.2016 for carrying out activities on collection, transportation, processing, disposal, neutralization and placement of waste of I-IV hazard classes, issued by Rosprirodnadzor Department of the Central Federal District.

Dry municipal solid waste collected from vessels is located at the site of temporary storage of waste in special sealed containers for their further placement at the city landfill. Waste and oily waters are collected in a hermetic ship tanks of specialized vessels - oily water collecting vessel and OS-57 bunker barge. Wastewater flows into the city sewer system and bilge (oily) waters are transferred to specialized licensed organization for disposal.

In recent years, no pollution of water area and territory of the seaport of Taganrog in result of the branch activities on waste collection from vessels have been recorded.

 

Dynamics of the Municipal Solid Waste Collected by the FSUE “Rosmorport” Azov Basin Branch from Vessels

 

 

Dynamics of the Waste Water Collected by the FSUE “Rosmorport” Azov Basin Branch from Vessels

 


Dynamics of the Oily Waters Collected by the FSUE “Rosmorport” Azov Basin Branch from Vessels

 

 

III. Environmental protection during dredging works

 

      The Azov Basin Branch pays special attention to the protection of the environment during dredging. 
     In order to ensure safety of navigation and maintaining the set depths, the Azov Basin Branch conducts annual maintenance dredging in the Taganrog approach channel in the seaport of Taganrog and Azov-Don sea canal.
     Maintenance dredging is carried out in accordance with RD (Guidance document) 31.74.08-94 “Technical instructions for carrying out marine dredging” and the applicable rules and regulations governing the rules of performing and acceptance of dredging works.

     Dredging works are carried by the Azov Basin Branch on the basis of decisions on provision of water bodies for use for dredging works associated with changes in bottom and coasts of the water body:

     - No. 00-05.01.05.010-М-RBBK-Т-2014-00996/00 dated 13.10.2014, valid till August 29, 2018;

     - No. 00-05.01.05.011-М-RBBK-Т-2015-01220/00 dated 30.07.2015, valid till June 18, 2020,

issued by the Donskoy Basin Water Department of Rosvodresursy, and also permissions for burial in the internal sea waters of the bottom soil excavated during dredging:

     - permission No. 28M dated 23.01.2015, valid till August 29, 2018;

     - permission No. 52M dated 16.09.2015, valid till June 18, 2020.

     The draft environmental study of technical regulations of dredging in order to restore the design dimensions on the Taganrog approach channel and the approaches to the hydraulic structures of the seaport of Taganrog for the period 2014-2018 received positive conclusion of the State Ecological Expertise Committee, approved by order No. 1960 dated 29.08.2014 of the Department of the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources Southern federal district, valid until August 29, 2018.

     In accordance with the requirements of environmental legislation, the Azov Basin Branch developed project “Design documentation for performing maintenance dredging in the Azov-Don sea canal for the period 2015-2020”. The project has been agreed with the competent state bodies in accordance with established procedure and has a positive conclusion of the Expert Commission of the State Ecological Expertise Committee dated 17.06.2015, approved by order No. 236 dated 18.06.2015 of the Rosprirodnadzor Department in the Belgorod region, valid until 18 June 2020.

     In the current year the Azov Basin Branch plans to start the works on the construction of “Nizhnegnilovskoy”, “Donetskiy-1”, “Donetskiy -2”, “Aleksandrovkiy”, “Postoyanny karantinny”, “Nakhchivanskaya protoka” and “Kunzhensky” ship roads in the seaport of Rostov-on-Don in the seaport of Rostov-on-Don water area, intended for organization of safe anchorage. Within implementation of this project, the branch held public hearings on December 12, 2012, according to the results of which the project was approved (minutes dated 28.01.2013). According to the results of the State Ecological Expertise Committee inspection conducted in the established order, the design documentation has also received a positive conclusion, approved by order No. 700 dated 15.11.2013 of Rosprirodnadzor, valid until 15 November 2016. In the prescribed manner the design documentation received positive conclusion No. 929-14 / GGE-9344/04 of the State Expertise Committee FAI “Glavgosekspertiza of Russia” dated 25.07.2014. Start of construction and dredging is planned for 2016.

      In order to ensure control over the impact of the performed maintenance dredging on the Azov Sea ecosystem, timely detection and prevention of exceeding the permissible norms of impact on the environment, the Azov Basin Branch carries out monitoring observations with the selection of samples of sea water and bottom soil, conducting chemical analysis of samples taken in the areas of repair dredging and soil dumping. The monitoring program includes:
      - oceanographic observations: temperature determination, transparency, salinity; account of weather conditions, waves and others. features;

      - selection of samples of sea water and bottom soil; 

      - hydrochemical analysis of seawater samples (determination of salinity, oxygen content, heavy metals and petroleum products);

      - analysis of sea water samples for the presence and composition of slurry;

      - hydrobiological analysis of seawater samples (phytoplankton, zooplankton);

      - lithological study of bottom sediments samples (granulometry);

      - lithogeochemical study of bottom sediments samples (determination of the content of heavy metals and petroleum products);

      - monitoring the bottom and coasts state during works performing.
     The results of the monitoring of status of water bodies conducted with the assistance of specialized accredited laboratories are submitted to the Donskoy Basin Water Department of Rosvodresursy on a quarterly basis.

     Azov Basin Branch spent almost 4.4 mln rubles and released over 38 mln pieces of bream fingerlings juveniles into the Azov sea basin in the period of 2011 to 2014 as part of compensation activities related to dredging works in Taganrog approach channel and the Azov-Don sea canal.

     In 2015 the Azov Basin Branch spent over 7.9 mln rubles for purposes related to the compensation for damage to the Sea of Azov biota and released over 10.5 mln pieces of bream fingerlings juveniles into the Azov sea basin.

 

IV. Environment protection during construction / reconstruction of port infrastructure facilities

 

     One of the main activities of the FSUE “Rosmorport” Azov Basin Branch is implementation of federal investment programs, as well as capital investment program of FSUE “Rosmorport”, aimed at the development of port infrastructure federal facilities and fleet in the seaports of Azov, Rostov-on-Don and Taganrog.

     In this direction, the Azov Basin Branch implemented a number of investment projects within construction customer functions execution.

     Documentation for all capital investments project objects was developed in strict accordance with the standards and requirements of the Russian Federation legislation in the field of environmental protection. Public hearings were held in accordance with established procedure and positive conclusions of the State and State Ecological Expertise Committees were received.

     Currently, the Azov Basin Branch implements the reconstruction project of berth No. 1 in Kagalnik vil. (Lotspost).Before the start of performing construction and installation works, the branch received in accordance with the established procedure positive conclusion No. 894-13/RGE-2468/02 dated 13.12.2013 of the State Construction Expertise Committee, issued by the FAI «Glavgosekspertiza of Russia” Rostov Branch, as a part of which an environmental assessment of the project was carried out. Also decision on water body provision for use No. 61-05.01.05.009-R-RLBK-Т-2016-01445/00 dated 20.06.2016 was received for construction of hydraulic structure, related to change in bottom and coasts of the water body, issued by the Donskoy Basin Water Department of Rosvodresursy, valid until December 31, 2016.
     When carrying out construction and installation works during reconstruction of Berth No. 1 in Kagalnik vil. (Lotspost), which started in April, 2015, environmental protection measures are implemented in the following areas:

     a) in the field of air protection:

        - monitoring of compliance with standards of emissions of harmful substances in exhaust gases during operation of construction machines and mechanisms, working on internal combustion engines;

        - monitoring compliance with the timetable of works when using construction equipment with internal combustion engines;

        - specialized refueling devices for fueling of construction machinery are used in order to eliminate fuel vapor emissions into the atmosphere;

        - cases of downtime of the operated construction machines with the internal combustion engine are not allowed.

     b) in the field of water bodies protection:

        - compliance with the technology of the construction works performance, excluding discharge of pollutants into the river, is ensured;

        - parking places for vehicles are provided with hard surface;

        - placement of fuel storages and cleaning of construction equipment are not allowed near the river.

     c) in the field of land plots protection:

        - control of good condition of the operated construction and road machinery during construction and installation works;

        - cases of going outside construction site of faulty and dirty machinery are not allowed;

        - strict adherence to the land boundaries allocated for construction and installation works.

     d) in the field of work with construction waste:

        - rational use of material resources used during reconstruction of facilities, reducing construction waste volumes are ensured;

        - construction waste storage is carried out in strictly designated areas, timely garbage disposal for its further recycling is ensured.

 

V. The FSUE “Rosmorport” Azov Basin Branch expenses on environmental protection


     In 2015 the total expenses of the Azov Basin Branch on the implementation of measures for environmental protection amounted to almost 9.9 million rubles, including payments for negative impact on the environment. 

 

Total expenses of the FSUE “Rosmorport” Azov Basin Branch on the implementation of measures for environmental protection 

 

 

VI. Environmental activities prospects


     Main objectives of the Azov Basin Branch in the field of environmental protection for the coming years will become:

      • implementation of the planned activities on further reduction of negative impact on the environment, resulted from the activities of the branch, by reducing harmful emissions into the atmosphere, including by using eco-friendly brands of fuel of Euro-3 and Euro-4 standards, reducing harmful impact on water bodies and reducing the amount of waste of the branch;

      • strengthening of industrial environmental monitoring on directions of activity of the branch;

      • improvement of environmental management systems of the branch;

      • introduction of modern energy and resource saving technologies;

      • improving the quality of provision to vessels in the seaport of Taganrog of ecological services on collection of shipboard wastes.

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