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Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg Puts into Operation New Ecological Equipment

Logistic News - Published on Thu, 18 Jul 2019

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As part of environmental programme of Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg JSC, a specialized vacuum cleaning machine with water system of dust suppression was put into operation in July 2019, the company says in a press release. That equipment is intended for cleaning of berths involved in handling of loose cargo. The machine is equipped with two cleaning systems. Special brushes with water sprayer and suction units are applied for cleaning of even surfaces: storage yards and berths. For cleaning of hard-to-reach places there is a 5-meter long hose sucking sweepings into a dedicated reservoir. Watering is supposed to minimize dust production. The process is controlled from the cabin. An operator can regulate water spraying, brushes contact with the surface and their rotation speed, launch and stop the machine. The visual inspection system turns on the monitor and the rear-view camera to ensure high quality of cleaning as well as indicators and sound signalling to ensure work safety.

Dmitry Shelkunov, head of the company’s Industry Ecology Department, describes transshipment of loose cargo, said that “To protect the atmosphere during transshipment of loose cargo, we apply the berth spraying system, apart from the new equipment. If necessary, we can use a mobile dust suppression unit creating a protective water cloud in any sector of transshipment with a 70-meter radius. A special canvas cover is placed between a ship and a berth to protect water bodies in the course of transshipment.”

Kirill Yakimenko, Technical Director of the company shares its plans, said that “In August the port will put into operation one more dust suppression system that can be placed above the holds in the area of unloading. By the end of the year, we expect the delivery of new environmentally safe bunker with an inbuilt dust suppression system.”

Apart from the long-term programme on the purchase of mobile ecological equipment which has been under implementation from 2017, SP SPb environmental activities include renovation of fixed ecological facilities and monitoring of water and air quality.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Thu, 18 Jul 2019
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