Far Eastern scientists: Astafiev Terminal shows an example of environmental protection


The shed over the railway discharging area is a unique structure for the ports of the Far East. Its commissioning next year will be the final of the fourth stage of the Astafiev Terminal modernization program for the switching to environmentally friendly handling operations. Over the years of implementing this program, the enterprise has introduced the maximum possible number of the best available technologies for environment protection. Far Eastern environmental scientists were invited to evaluate what has already been done: Aleksandr Agoshkov, President of the Pacific Academy of Ecology and Life Safety, and Pavel Kiku, Director of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine of the FEFU School of Biomedicine.

“The height of dust and wind protection fences has been increased; a large-scale dust suppression and dust sprinkling system, a closed conveyor line and a Telestack ship loader have been put into operation; the collection of information about the production process has been introduced in the Enterprise Management Center, water and air condition is monitored by own certified laboratory. Now, the fourth stage of the modernization program is being implemented: the construction of a shed over the railway discharging area. We cover the dustiest discharging area with a shelter of up to 39 meters high, and due to this, thee best conditions will be created to minimize dust collection during a discharging operation”, Roman Kalashnikov, Director of Environmental Supervision of Astafiev Terminal JSC, said

For Aleksandr Agoshkov, a professor of the FEFU School of Engineering, it is the third visit to the Astafiev Terminal over the past five years, so all the key changes in the field of environment protection have taken place literally before his eyes.

“I can say that I am amazed at the amount of work that has been done already. The main thing is the factor of protection against those winds that blow off dust from the industrial site and spread it. This is the strongest wind protection and the shed under construction nowadays. It would be an interesting solution which is environmentally friendly and similar to the closed handling solution that will completely close the coal handling processes. This is a hard work; such work has not been done by any terminal that we see in Nakhodka. This is a big investment that will resolve any problems connected with environment protection and a healthy environment for residents. I would like the nearby terminals to try to do the same as little as possible”, Aleksandr Agoshkov noted.

The most important thing that was observed during the tour over the terminal for Pavel Kiku, professor of the FEFU School of Biomedicine, was the data from a certified laboratory. Measurements made by sensors at the territory of the enterprise and at the border of the sanitary protection zone have never shown an excess of the maximal permitted concentration of dust in the air over the years of operation. This confirms the effectiveness of the measures taken by the enterprise and multimillion investments.

“I really want to describe what I saw here as a “Space Complex”. Because here we can see the most advanced technologies that can be used to create occupational conditions and human life. To preserve health and ensure the proper working. It is gratifying that such enterprises show others how to do and move on”, Pavel Kiku, professor of the FEFU School of Biomedicine, said.

Astafiev Terminal closely cooperates with scientists of the FEFU School of Engineering. Environmental specialists regularly monitor the water in the Bay of Nakhodka near the enterprise’s berth and the state of the environment around the territory. Such joint work with the FEFU scientists continues on an ongoing basis.