The port of St. Petersburg stopped transshipment of saltpetre due to drone attacks

The port of St. Petersburg stopped transshipment of saltpetre due to drone attacks

The Bolshoi port of St. Petersburg stopped transshipment of ammonium nitrate due to frequent drone attacks. “Kommersant” writes about it. Explosive fertilizer is planned to be shipped outside of St. Petersburg – presumably in Ust-Luga.

The publication notes that the transshipment of saltpetre was prohibited by the city authorities. For the port, which is in a difficult position due to the loss of trade operations with Europe, this is a significant blow. We are talking about the loss of approximately three million tons of cargo per hour.

At the same time, the port in Ust-Luga may not be able to cope with such a volume of cargo – its infrastructure must be modernized to meet the new requirements for shipments in reinforced containers. According to “Kommersant”, chemical enterprises are now forced to partially work “in stock”. At the same time, there is no critical situation at the moment, since there is a high demand for nitrate in the domestic market against the background of the sowing campaign.

  • After the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russian regions are regularly attacked by combat drones. There is destruction and victims. The Ministry of Defense of Russia claims that the attacks are being carried out from the Ukrainian side. In most cases, Kyiv does not comment on these messages.
  • In January, an unmanned aerial vehicle first hit an object in the Leningrad region, in the port of Ust-Luga. A fire broke out at the NOVATEK terminal. The company reported a drone attack. Ukrainian sources claimed that this was an SBU operation. On January 31, a downed air defense drone fell in St. Petersburg on the territory of the Nevsky Mazut company.

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