Development of Port Infrastructure Facilities and Fleet of the Murmansk Branch

     Investment projects implemented by the Murmansk Branch
     Planned and current investment projects of the Murmansk Branch


Investment projects implemented by the Murmansk Branch

     One of the main activities of the FSUE "Rosmorport" Murmansk Branch is implementation of the federal investment programs, and the capital investment programs of the enterprise, which are aimed at the development of the federal port infrastructure facilities in Murmansk Seaport.
     Acting as a client constructor since 2004 the Murmansk Branch implemented the following investment projects to improve the port infrastructure and the quality of services provided to the ship owners, consigners, and other consumers in seaports.


Kandalaksha Seaport


     In 2015 in accordance with the permission of the Committee for Property and Land Relations and Civil Building of the Administration of Municipal Entity “Kandalaksha District” dated 02.11.2015 No. 51-RU51503000-03-2015 the Kandalaksha Gulf VTS in Kandalaksha Seaport, which had been constucted earlier, was commissioned. The VTS is designed to enhance the level of navigation safety in the approaches and waters of the seaports of Vitino and Kandalaksha. When the enterprise obtained Rosmorrechflot Certificate No. 16.01867.315 of April 29, 2016 – the certificate of Kandalaksha Gulf VTS compliance with the performance specifications requirements imposed upon VTS Category II Kandalaksha Gulf VTS was put into operation from April 2016.


Murmansk Seaport

     In 2006 76.4 metres of the coast protection of the passenger area at passenger terminal in Murmansk Seaport were reconstructed. Implementation of the project allowed to extend the quay, and arrange mooring of the Lenin nuclear-powered icebreaker in order to preserve it as Museum of History and Development of Russian and Nuclear-Powered Fleet.


    In 2007 an investment project to repurpose berth No. 17 for handling of iron-ore concentrate was completed together with EuroChem MCC, JSC. Completion of the first stage of works to lengthen undercrane rails, construction of railways with switches and bumping posts, construction of an open warehouse and repair dredging of the berth basin created the conditions for handling up to 1.5 mln tons of iron-ore concentrate at berth No. 17 in addition to its moulding – alumina.

    In 2008 construction of an automated radio technical post at Cape Set-Navolok was finished. Integration of the new radio post into the Kola Bay VTS helped to provide sustainable control over vessel traffic at recommended waterways in the approach to Kola Bay (19 sea miles to the north from the entrance to Kola Bay), as well as at recommended waterways in the northern, middle and southern bends of the Kola Bay and in the Murmansk Seaport basin. 

    In 2009 fenders were modernized at berth No. 7 in Murmansk Seaport. As a result, the berth resumed operation with better technical characteristics and the possibility to handle vessels with maximal deadweight of 66.8 thousand tons. 

     In 2010 the long-distance lines pier of Murmansk Seaport passenger terminal was repaired due to its considerable wear. The implemented technical solutions for pier repairs allowed to normalize the technical condition of the hydraulic engineering structure not changing its passport characteristics, and to improve its operational characteristics.

     In 2011 auxiliary berth No. 12 in Murmansk Seaport was modernized. Partial replacement and fitting of berth with 20 extra vertical four-section fenders along 198 meters of the berth was made in order to shut out damage of small-sized vessels and berth structures, as well as to prolong the working life of the facility.  причала № 12 

     In 2012 capital repairs of auxiliary berth No. 16 with installation of fenders were completed. As a result, the berth was fitted with fenders, barrier curb was replaced; concrete iron superstructure was repaired and curb angles was restored; wire duct tiles were changed; projected bottom level was restored and it was cleaned from foreign objects; pile wall was repaired. Those improvements made it possible to handle vessels with the following dimensions: tonnage – 1 200 tons, LOA – 49.8 metres, breadth – 17 metres, cargo draught – 4,93 metres. причала № 16 


     In 2015 in accordance with decision No. RU77203000 of Rosmorrechflot dated 14.01.2015 the reconstructed long-distance lines pier intended for acceptance and servicing of passenger vessels, auxiliary fleet vessels laying up and servicing was put into operation. According to the results of the reconstruction project implementation the distant lines pier length was increased by 58.6 meters to 206.6 meters and the width was increased by 5.9 meters to 19.6 meters, that will allow to service vessels up to 180.45 meters long, with breadth up to 25.46 meters and loaded draft up 5.59 meters at the distant lines pier. If the results of the modeling of the mooring process at the distant line pier are positive, it is proposed to increase dimensions of vessels that could moor and be serviced at the distant lines pier in future. Besides, within the project implementation, widening of the coastal protection of the passenger area of the seaport of Murmansk by 15, 3 meters was performed in order to strengthen the coast protection from erosion.


     In 2016, in accordance with the permission of the Committee for Urban Planning and Territorial Development of the Murmansk Administration No. 51-320000-489-2016 dated October 3, 2016, the reconstructed building of the sea station in the seaport of Murmansk was put into operation. During the reconstruction, the total area of ​​the building increased from 1,700 square meters to 4,747 square meters, and the construction volume of the building increased from 8,890 cubic meters to 17,476 cubic meters; measures were taken to improve the seismic resistance of the structure; works on the construction of the third floor of the building were carried out; conditions to serve people with limited mobility were provided; service areas for passengers following routes on domestic sea lines (for 50 people) and on international cruise lines were marked out; conditions for the efficient operation of the checkpoint across the state border of the Russian Federation with a capacity of 120 passengers per hour were provided; premises to accommodate employees of port authorities and state control and oversight bodies were created. The implementation of the project has improved the quality of passenger service in the seaport of Murmansk and has contributed to the development of sea cruise tourism in the Murmansk Region.


     In 2022, in accordance with the permission of the Committee for Urban Planning and Territorial Development of the Murmansk Administration No. 51-RU 51301000-735-2022 dated March 16, 2022, the automated radio technical post Obzor was put into operation. The post is integrated into the VTS of the Kola Bay and intended for radar control over vessels traffic in the southern part of the Kola Bay, including at the berths of the seaport of Murmansk, which increases the level of navigation safety in the area of operation of the Kola Bay VTS.

АРТП «Обзор»
АРТП «Обзор»


Planned and current investment projects of the Murmansk Branch

    At present, within the measures taken to carry out the capital expenditure program the Murmansk Branch realizes and plans to implement the following investment projects in the form of capital investments to develop facilities of the coastal port infrastructure in the seaport of Murmansk:

In Murmansk Seaport


     • a reconstruction project of Berth No. 2 in the seaport of Murmansk. This project envisions the reconstruction of Berth No. 2. The reconstruction includes the following operations: to lay engineer routes, carry out dredging operations of the operational water area of Berth No. 2 in an area of 2.28 ha to bring seabed levels to -14.8 meters and cover skips in an area of 10.4 square meters. The implementation of this project allows for creating additional capacities for accommodation, storage and transshipment of coal on Beth No. 2 that sets the stage for re-distributing the total volume of transshipping cargo on Berth No. 4 in the seaport of Murmansk and reconstruct Berth No. 4 in the future. In compliance with the environmental legislation requirements project documentation and the impact assessment on the economic activities have been submitted for public hearings. Based on the results of the hearings (the protocol approved by the chairman of the municipal services committee of the Murmansk administration of February 25, 2013) no remarks have been given and no proposals have been put forward. Project documentation and the results of engineering surveys obtained positive findings by the expert commission of the State Environmental Appraisal of November 10, 2017. The positive findings have been approved by Rosprirodnadzor Order No. 577 of November 21, 2017. Subject to the normal due process project documentation and the results of engineering surveys obtained State Expertise Positive Findings No. 009-14/ГГЭ-8923/04 of January 10, 2014 and Positive Findings No. 009-14/ГГЭ-8923/047-01 of October 30, 2018 related to the cost estimate of the facility. The positive findings have been approved by FAI “Glavgosexpertiza Rossii”. Subject to the normal due process Rosmorrechflot has issued Construction Permit No. 51-RU51320000-ЗД-39/8-2019 of April 26, 2019.
     Information on the implementation of the project is available in the section “Facilities of the Port Infrastructure”.

     • project for the construction of an automated radar post "Ura-guba". The project provides for the construction of an automated radar post, which includes the following facilities: communication tower 30 m high, equipped with a block container of the control room, a block container for technical personnel, 2 block containers with automated diesel power plants, fencing of the territory, and power line. The implementation of the project with its including in the Vessel Traffic System will ensure the safety of navigation in the water area of Ura Bay and on the approaches to it.

     The developed design documentation and the assessment of the project’s environmental impact were in due course submitted to public hearings. Bases on the results of the public discussion (the protocol of the Administration of Vidyaevo village of April 19, 2021), the presented documents were approved. Following the requirements of the environmental legislation, the design documentation was submitted for consideration by the state environmental expertise. Being considered, it received a positive conclusion of the state environmental expertise of September 2, 2021, approved by the Rosprirodnadzor Order No. 1186/GEE of September 9, 2021. The design and estimate documentation and the results of engineering surveys, being submitted in the prescribed manner for consideration by the FAI “Glavgosexpertiza Rossii”, received a positive conclusion of the state expertise No. 51-1-1-3-086588-2021 of December 31, 2021 that was approved by the FAI “Glavgosexpertiza Rossii”. Based on the positive conclusions of state examinations, the Administration of Vidyaevo gave the enterprise a construction permit No. 51-RU51336000-1-2022 dated February 14, 2022.