A stormy northeastern wind in gusts up to 19 m /s, a drop in the water level up to 65 cm significantly influenced the operation of the Mariupol port. Three loaded motor ships - with wheat to Turkey, slabs - to Italy and Great Britain, are forced to stay at the berths, waiting for more favorable weather for safe navigation. Three more vessels on the way to the port of Mariupol are in the roads, awaiting passage through the Kerch-Yenikalsky canal.
Portal cranes work only where it is possible to do without manual labor, in grab or magnetic modes, for loading /unloading wagons. As noted in the press service of the port, if the gusts of wind continue to intensify, cargo operations using portal cranes will have to be suspended. At the same time, forecasters promise a further increase in the wind, and only on Wednesday some weakening of the cyclone is expected.
For 11 months of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019, the Mariupol port increased the volume of cargo handling by 11.2%, or almost 600 thousand tons - from 5 149.7 to 5 725.3 thousand tons. Of these, the volumes of metal transshipment increased the most - by almost 32% or more than 900 thousand tons to 4,297.6 thousand tons.