Port of Murmansk

From Global Energy Monitor

Port of Murmansk is a large coal terminal located on the eastern side of the Kola Bay, by the Barents Sea in Northern Russia. It is owned by Russian coal company SUEK.


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The modern Port of Murmansk began operating in 1994.[1] Since 2013, the port has been controlled by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko's companies, including SUEK AG and EuroChem.[2] The port is operated by Murmansk Commercial Sea Port JSC(MMTP), which is part of the National Transport Company (NTK), which in turn is owned by SUEK and EuroChem. The Siberian Generating Company (SGK), owned by SUEK, is also listed as a key partner of the port.[3] In addition to the Murmansk Commercial Seaport, SUEK also operates the Murmansk Bulk Terminal, which mostly handles fertilizers and mining products such as iron ore.[4]

In 2015, the Murmansk Commercial Seaport had a throughput capacity of 13 million tonnes and sent most of its exports to UK, Germany, and Israel. In terms of production capacity, the port was the second largest among the ports of CIS and Baltic countries handling coal. In 2010 the seaport transshiped about 9.5 million tonnes of coal.[5] The port's capacity increased since then; the seaport handled 17.5 million tonnes of cargo in 2019,[6] including 16.2 million tonnes of coal.[1] The majority of coal handled at the port comes from SUEK's mines in the Kuzbass region.[7]

In 2020, shipping activity ground to a halt for several weeks due to a collapsed railway bridge.[8] Nevertheless, traffic volumes remained high - the Murmansk Commercial Seaport handled 16.4 million tonnes of coal in 2020.[4]

In September 2020, the port announced that it would seek to replace falling volumes of coal cargo with iron ore and fertilizer.[9] In 2022, the port handled 12.6 million tonnes of coal.[10]

Project Details

  • Owner: Murmansk Commercial Sea Port JSC (MMTP)
  • Parent: Siberian Coal Energy Company JSC (SUEK)
  • Location: Kola Bay, Northern Russia
  • Coal Capacity (Million tonnes per annum): 18 (estimated)
  • Status: Operating
  • Type: Exports (UK, Germany, and Israel)
  • Source of Coal: SUEK AG's Kuzbass mines

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Seaborne Deliveries - Westward, SUEK AG, Accessed November 2021
  2. Миллиардер Мельниченко стал единственным владельцем мурманского порта, Lenta, Apr. 24, 2013
  3. «Мурманский морской торговый порт» обновил собственный рекорд грузооборота, MVestnik, May 17, 2021
  4. 4.0 4.1 Logistics, SUEK, Accessed December 2021
  5. "Seaborne Deliveries" SUEK AG homepage, accessed September 2, 2011 and June 5, 2015
  6. Грузооборот Мурманского МТП по итогам 2019 года превысил 17,5 млн тонн - Алексей Рыкованов, Port News, Dec. 25, 2019
  7. Андрей Телегин, СУЭК возобновил отгрузки угля в Мурманск, Argus Media, June 23, 2020
  8. Atle Staalesen, Dying industry is still big business in Murmansk, Barent Observer, Jan. 27, 2021
  9. Мурманский МТП планирует заменить долю угля железорудным сырьем, Port News, Sep. 3, 2020
  10. "Уголь: теперь с южным акцентом". /portnews.ru. February 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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