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  • 2022 February 24

    From Whom: Vitaliy Chernov


    About: Shipping in the Sea of Azov is frozen: how critical is it?

    - The navigation in the Sea of Azov was suspended "until further notice" following to the aggravation of the situation around Ukraine and traffic at Russian ports located in the Sea of Azov, namely Taganrog, Temryuk, Rostov-on-Don, Azov, Yeysk. These ports are handling primarily grain, coal and oil products. Their total cargo volume in 2021 amounted to about 26 million tonnes, including about 15 million tonnes of grain, almost 5 million tonnes of coal and oil products.

    In addition, sea-gong and inland vessels cross the Sea of Azov, which, among other things, transship grain in the Port Kavkaz to ocean bulk carriers. The Rostov-on-Don is the point of entry and exit to the inland waterways of Russia, and communication with the Caspian Sea is also carried out through this port. Moreover, Rosmorrechflot is working on organization of year-round navigation on the Astrakhan – Rostov-on-Don route.

    Therefore, the Sea of Azov plays an important role in Russian trade, but it should be noted that, given the seasonality, at present, the freezing of navigation in this basin is not so critical. Everything will depend on how long it will last.