Port Posiet

From Global Energy Monitor

Port Posiet is an ice-free port situated on the Japanese Sea coast south of Vladivostok, in Russia.

The port handles coal exports to Pacific Asia. It is owned by Russian coal mining company Mechel.


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According to Mechel, as a result of a large-scale modernization project implemented in recent years, the Posiet commercial port has been converted into a specialized coal transhipment complex. It had an annual capacity of 9 million tonnes of coal, with plans to expand the capacity up to 15 million tonnes per year. Mechel exports coal mined at its coal deposits in Yakutugol and Yuzhny Kuzbass, and the Elga mine. The port is linked by rail to the Trans-Siberian Railroad, north-eastern China and North Korea.[1]

The terminal was expanded to a capacity of 7 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) by 2015,[2] and reached its current capacity of 9 million tonnes per annum by May 2019.[3] The expansion also allowed the port to handle Panamax size vessels.[4] The modernization effort at Port Posiet cost at least 4 billion rubles (approximately US$63 million).[5]

In the first 9 months of 2019, the port handled 4.4 million tonnes of coal.[6]

In 2022, the port handled 6.3 million tonnes of coal, approximately the same as in 2021.[7] The project to expand the port's capacity to 15 million tonnes appeared to still go ahead, as of March 2023.[8]


Coal dust pollution has been an ongoing problem for the port, with residents complaining since at least 2009 of the widespread environmental impact of Port Posiet's coal handling operations.[9] The port came under investigation for violating environmental regulations in February 2021. Video footage showed massive clouds of coal dust being blown out of the terminal.[10] Mechel was ultimately fined 980,000 rubles (approximately US$13,000).[11] Throughout 2021, Michel has invested in additional dust suppression systems at the terminal,[12][13][14] but residents have stated that past investments have made little impact on the problem.[9]

Project Details

  • Owner: Commercial Port Posiet JSC
  • Parent: Mechel JSC
  • Location: Vladivostok, Primorye region, Russia
  • Capacity: 9 million tonnes per annum
  • Proposed Capacity: 6 million tonnes per annum
  • Status: Operating
  • Type: Exports (Pacific Asia)
  • Source of Coal: Yakutugol and Yuzhny Kuzbass regions, Elga coal field, Russia
  • Cost of expansion:
  • Financing for expansion:

Articles and Resources


  1. "Commercial Port Posiet," Mecehel, accessed November 2021
  2. В торговом порту Посьет продолжается модернизация производственной инфраструктуры, Mechel, Feb. 6, 2015
  3. Port Posiet, Michel, Archived May 23, 2019
  4. Порт Посьет после реконструкции сможет принимать Panamax грузоподъемностью до 60 тыс. тонн, Port News, Oct. 29, 2020
  5. «Порт Посьет» планирует начать эксплуатацию судопогрузочной машины с выдвижной стрелой в 2021 году, Port News, Nov. 15, 2019
  6. Торговый порт Посьет увеличил грузооборот на 4%, Mechel, Oct. 15, 2019
  7. "Порты Приморья и Восточной Арктики наращивают обороты". morvesti.ru. June 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Чистая прибыль торгового порта Посьет (Приморский край) выросла в 1,8 раза за 2022 год". portnews.ru. March 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Порт Посьет продолжает безнаказанно загрязнять угольной пылью жемчужину Приморья, Vostok Media, Dec. 17, 2019
  10. Прокуратура проверит порт Посьет из-за угольной пыли, Kommersant, Feb. 12, 2021
  11. Торговый порт Посьет оштрафован почти на 1 млн руб. за нарушения при перевалке угля, Kommersant, June 29, 2021
  12. «Торговый порт Посьет» ввел в эксплуатацию вторую очередь системы орошения угольных складов, Port News, Apr. 27, 2021
  13. В Торговом порту Посьет идет реализация проекта строительства ветрозащитных экранов, Mechel, July 15, 2021
  14. Торговый порт Посьет строит очистные сооружения, Mechel, Aug. 24, 2021

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