Berdyansk Port

From Global Energy Monitor

Berdyansk Port is a port in Berdyansk, Zaporozhye Region, Ukraine. The port is located on the Sea of Azov.


The port is situated in the northeastern part of Berdyansk Bay, leading out to Azov Sea.

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The port handles coal at berths 5 and 7-9, with daily coal capacity of 4,000 tonnes a day, or 1.46 million a year.[1] However, following the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, coal and coke processing at the port seems to have mostly stopped. Prior to 2014, the port worked with 10 metallurgical enterprises, but after 2014, that number fell to just two.[2][3]

In 2017, the head of Berdyansk Port was fired for numerous financial irregularities uncovered during audits, in particular allowing certain companies to use port facilities free of charge.[4]

In 2018, Russia completed construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait, connecting Russia to Crimea via road. The Kerch Strait connects the Sea of Azov to the Black Sea, allowing ships from Berdyansk Port to reach international waters. The construction of the bridge limited the size of ships that could reach Berdyansk Port, leading to a significant decline in traffic: During September and October 2017, the port handled one third of the volume it had handled in those same months in 2016.[5] Russian ships have also intentionally delayed ships moving through the Kerch Strait to ports on the Sea of Azov, including Berdyansk Port. In some instances, ships have been delayed by up to six days by Russian authorities.[6]

In 2020, the Ukrainian government announced that it planned to construct a military base at the Berdyansk Port.[7]

Project Details

  • Operator:
  • Location: Zaporozhye Region, Ukraine
  • Annual Coal Capacity (Tonnes): 1.46 million
  • Status: Operating
  • Type: Export, Import
  • Sources of coal:



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