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Novorossiysk, Russia

Latitude: 44 43' N Longitude: 37 47' E Time Zone: GMT +3


Location: Novorossiysk is situated in the N of Novorossiysk Bay in the NE part of the Black Sea.
General overview: The port consists of two harbours, one for oil, the other for dry cargo.
The port specialises in handling grain, sugar, metal, scrap, mineral fertilisers, refrigeration, timber and crude oil cargoes.
Traffic figures: Approx 10,000,000t of general cargo and 40,000,000t of crude oil handled annually. Approx 6,000 vessels visit the port annually.


ETA's: Master of a vessel should send preliminary information to the Shipping Agency , about the vessel and cargo, not later than 12 days prior to arrival of vessel at the port. Notice of arrival should be sent 96, 72 and 24 hours prior to arrival with amendments 2-4 hours prior to ETA by VHF.In the preliminary notice, Master should state the following information:

1. Name and flag of the vessel
2. Last port of departure (call)
3. Draft, fore and aft
4. Cargo carrying capacity
5. Volume of holds
6. Measurements of hatches
7. Number and location of tween decks
8. LOA
9. Max breadth
10. Max depth
11. Type, power of main engine
12. Name of cargo receivers or shippers
13. Duration of ship's documents
14. Arrival condition : DO/FuelOil/FW/Lub.Oil
15. Requirements for fresh water, provisions, bunkers, ship's stores.
16. Name of owner/charterer

Master should send information about the sanitary condition of vessel 24 hours prior to arrival.
Documentation required: The following documents are required:

Documents Copies
1. General Declaration - 4
2. Cargo Declaration - 4
3. Ship's Stores List - 3
4. Crew Effects Declaration - 2
5. Crew List - 8
6. Passenger List - 8
7. Money List - 2
8. ( Derat certificate - 1 ) Maritime declaration of health

All ship's certificates to be delivered by the agent to the Port Authority on arrival.
Cargo documentation: Cargo documentation is usually delivered on board within 2 hours after cargo operations being completed.
Radio: A coast radio station is situated at Novorossiysk.
VHF: VHF operates throughout 24 hours.

VHF Stations Callsign Channel
Central Port Radio Novorossiysk 1 7, 16
Port Dispatcher Novorossiysk 2 14
Port State Control Novorossiysk 5 9
Dispatcher, Port Fleet Novorossiysk 6 30
Dispatcher, Sheskharis Oil Harbour Novorossiysk 15 14
Traffic Control Novorossiysk 17 9, 95

Health regulations:
For vessels arriving from foreign countries at Russian ports, Masters must advise Health Authorities 24 hours prior to arrival, but not later than 6 hours, by radio through Agency giving full details of health conditions on board as well as Health conditions at the last ports of call during the past 3 months( enough three last port with date of departure).
If medical assistance is required on board, Master has to contact any local port agency. No shore connection is allowed to a vessel until free pratique is obtained. Masters are advised to ask a sanitary officer for inoculation, vaccination, fumigation, decontamination, etc, if required, whilst he is on board a vessel together with the other boarding officials.

Veterinary certificates of good health are required for the livestock, all kinds of meat, animal food and raw meat stuff brought to Russian ports from abroad.
Certificates should be issued by the appropriate authorities of the country from which the cargoes have been exported. Masters should have a Phytoquarantine certificate for the goods of vegetable origin.It is prohibited to take ashore, fruit, vegetables, grain seeds, plants, plant products, etc, without a certificate issued by a local branch of the Agricultural Quarantine Inspection; animals and birds are also not allowed to be brought ashore without getting permission from the Veterinary Authorities.

No special requirements. All vessels in port during the daytime from 0800hrs to sunset must keep the national flag on the stern flagstaff and the port state national flag on the fore mast. Every vessel coming from abroad shall hoist quarantine signals of the International Code of Signals depending on health and sanitary conditions on board.
Notices of readiness: In case there are no special provisions in the contract of carriage of goods by sea, the Master shall, during the established office hours upon the accomplishment of customs formalities and having obtained free pratique, deliver a Notice of the vessel's readiness for loading or unloading to the shippers or consignees through the vessel's agent. The NOR shall be considered accepted if the vessel is actually ready to load the cargo into or unloading it out of all vessel's holds or tanks.


Port limits:
The port limits are bounded by the shore line of Novorossiysk Bay and lines connecting Cape Myskhako (Lat 4439'N, Long 03752.9'E) and Cape Penay.
Sea buoys, fairways and channels:
Vessels may enter or leave the port day and night. Vessel must approach from seaward to lighthouse "Doob" approx 2nm off and start to turn on course 334 (short distance to shore on radar, 1.65nm). In position Lat 4437.7'N, Long 03748'E pilot will board vessel. Following the leading line 334, from port side in position Lat 4439.8'N, Long 03749.5'E, there is a lighthouse "Sudjukskiy" with passive radar reflector. Abreast distance on course 334 on the leading line 6.5 cables port side. In this area on port side 1 red buoy, on starboard side 2 green buoys. Red and green buoys are exhibited on 20m depth contour; this passage has a breadth of 8 cables and draft, 19m.
A recommended route leads from the inshore end of the Traffic Separation Scheme to the entrance of Novorossiyskaya Bukhta.
Directions for entering harbour:
W of Penayskiye Banki; Initial position, Pilot boarding position (Lat 4438'N, Long 03752'E).
Leading light beacons:
The alignment (334) of light beacons: Front light;
head of Vostochnyy Mole (white round concrete tower, red bands and red stripes, 21m in height) (Lat 4443.3'N, Long 03748.1'E).
Rear light (white square masonary tower, red stripe, 13m in height) (1.5nm NNW of front light);
leads into Novorossiyskaya Bukhta, passing (with positions from Sudzhukskiy light (Lat 4439.8'N, Long 03749.5'E): W of No 1 lightbuoy (1.2nm ESE), marking the SW edge of Penayskiye Banki thence; between lightbuoys (9 cables E) which mark the channel between the W shoal of Penayskiye Banki and Sudzhukskiy RIF.
E of Sudzhukskiy light (white round concrete tower, grey base, 13m in height).
E of Ostrov Sudzhuk (8 cables W) a low island composed of shingle and connected to Sudzhukskiy Kosa by the remains of a masonry mole.
Thence; to berths in anchorage area No 414 or Gavan Sheskharis Oil Harbour or:
E of Mys Lyubvi light (pink building, 15m in height) (3.0nm NNW) and thence; to berths in anchorage area No 413 or the Dry Cargo Harbour.
The Novorossiyskiy leading line (334) should also be used by vessels proceeding from anchorage areas No 412, 413 and 414 to berths in the Dry Cargo Harbour. These vessels should remain within 1 cable to starboard of the leading line.
Before passing Penayskiye Banki, vessels should not diverge more than 1 cable from the leading line.
E of Penayskiye Banki:
Entry to the port by this route may only be carried out with the permission of the Traffic Control Post.
Initial position: Pilot boarding position. To pass E of Penayskiye Banki: The alignment (002) of the Mys Penay leading lights:
Front light: Mys Penay (white rectangular daymark, red stripe on metal framework, 20m in height) (Lat 4440.8'N, Long 03752.9'E). Stands on low whitish cliff, with higher triangular shaped cliffs of the same colour on either side.
Rear light (structure as for front light, 10m in height) (425m N of front light): Leads E of a lightbuoy (E cardinal), which marks the E limit of Penayskiye Banki and W of anchorage area No 415.
To pass NE of Penayskiye Banki: The alignment (130 astern) of the Kabardinskiye light beacons: Front light (white rectangular daymark on square metal framework tower, 9m in height) (Lat 4438.5'N, Long 03755.6'E).
Middle light (structure as for front light, 10m in height) (305m SE of front light).
Rear light (structure as for front light, 9m in height) (670m SE of front light), leads into Novorossiyskaya Bukhta passing:
NE of detached rocks forming the N shoals of Penayskiye Banki. Marked by beacon (isolated danger) and light beacon (N cardinal).
SW of prohibited area and thence; to berths in anchorage areas No 414, 413 and Gavan Sheskharis oil harbour.

Pilotage is compulsory for all vessels with gross tonnage over 200t. Harbour pilotage is available day and night.
Pilot boarding area is Lat 4437.7'N, Long 03748'E. When the vessel is approaching the pilot area Master must contact Traffic Control on VHF ch 9 and ask for instructions about pilot and mooring. The pilot boat's hull is orange with a white superstructure and black letters "Pilot" on hull. Helicopters are not used and usually only one pilot is required. Trim for tankers must not be more than 3.0m; dry cargo vessels in loading condition must have an even keel.

Tidal range and flow:
Range 0.6. The tidal variation is insignificant and depends on the direction of the wind.
N'ly winds: +0.15 +0.25m CD.S'ly winds: +0.45 +0.60m CD.
Dock density: 1008-1012.
Prevailing winds: W'ly.
There are two types of weather in Novorossiysk Bay:
Anticyclonic type is distinguished by N'ly winds in summer, force 7m/s = 40%. In wintertime N-E'ly "Bora" 15-30% and sometimes the wind force is 35-40m/s. Precipitation is very seldom.
Cyclonic type of weather is distinguished by winds 7-15m/s from S and W directions in summertime with low cloud, medium highs and thunderstorms, in wintertime, heavy rains.
In wintertime, vessels lying at Berths No 5, 6, 10-12, 18, 19 and 27, during NE winds and after receiving a storm warning, must be secured to shore bollards by the necessary number of mooring lines with sufficient strength to keep them tight. While S, SE and SW winds blow, vessels lying at berths subject to sea swell, namely Berths No 5, 6, 8 and 10 must be secured to shore bollards by a sufficient number of mooring lines ensuring that all lines are tight and have equal pressure when vessels move along the berths under sea swell. Mooring to Berths No 4, 9 and 17 is prohibited while S winds blow with force over 8m/s or in unfavourable weather forecast. Vessels, lying at these berths, on receiving a storm warning or when the wind starts to blow or sea swell comes from the S, must immediately leave the port and sail for the roads. For urgent sailing from the port, there must be a Master or chief mate, chief or first engineer and sufficient number of crew members to keep the engine in constant readiness. Visibility is usually good throughout the year.

BA 2233, 3311, 3316; Sov 981, 985. Admiralty Pilot NP24.

Traffic schemes:
Traffic regulation of vessels is carried out by Control Post (SDS) on VHF ch 9, callsign "Traffic Control". SDS is carried out by accompanying all vessels in regulated movement area and informs position of the vessels on the leading line. All vessels in regulated movement area must observe the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 and must monitor VHF ch 9 when moving in this area. The regulated movement area is limited from the S by Lat 4437.7'N, and from the W by Long 03748'E.

Entry into the inner road, mooring and unmooring, both in the dry cargo harbour and the Sheskharis Oil Harbour cannot be effected during NE or S'ly winds over Force 7.

There are 10 tugs available, 1 x 5,000hp, 3 x 2,500hp, 4 x 1,250, 2 x 600hp and 2 fire boats with foam equipment. Usually all tugs use vessel's ropes and work with long ropes and short ropes on bollards. Number of tugs required for mooring or unmooring are ordered by the pilot after request from the vessel's Master.

Coast guard:
Coast guard service is carried out by vessels of the Navy Fleet, Ministry of Defence.

Mooring information:
Berthing and unberthing available day and night. Mooring, unmooring and vessel traffic in the port may be allowed, as a rule, with the wind force not exceeding 17m/s. A vessel, arriving in the port of Novorossiysk while NE winds (Bora) blow or if caught by the winds in the inner or outer roads, as well as a vessel, receiving a storm warning of same, must take into account the danger of anchoring in the bay and if it is possible, the vessel should get out to the open sea or anchor against the Yuzhanya Ozereyka, always keeping the engine ready and watching the anchor chain. In this event, the vessel is advised to communicate with "Traffic Control" continually on VHF ch 9.
Without permission of "Traffic Control" it is prohibited to launch vessel's life boats or to use them for access to the shore. For mooring, the vessel must proceed to pilot place in position Lat 4437.7'N, Long 03748.0'E and when the pilot embarks, he will explain his intended manoeuvres, tug signals and other relevant information, including depth of water at the berth, to the Master. With the exception of this, the Master remains responsible for the safe navigation and handling of the vessel.

General berthing information:
It is prohibited for vessels to anchor in the Inner Port without special permission from the Harbour Master. Entering the Inner Port and mooring in the Dry Cargo harbour is prohibited for non gas free tankers. Vessels lying at anchor must maintain continuous watch on VHF ch 16. On vessels, lying at berths in the Dry Cargo Harbour and Sheskharis Oil Harbour, it is not allowed to conduct any drills without the Harbour Master's permission and the Fire Guard. In case of anchor loss or drowning in the port limits, the vessel's Master must immediately inform the Port Control. Everyday at 0630hrs, 1330hrs and 2130hrs LT, Novorossiysk Meteorological Bureau announces the weather forecast on VHF ch 16. A berthed vessel should be secured properly. A constant watch must be kept on mooring lines. Having received a storm warning, Master must take all measures to ensure sufficient lines are out. When there is danger of a berthed ship breaking adrift, the Master must order tugs in advance for holding back the vessel, while laying out additional mooring lines. Port tugs are not used as a constant means to hold vessels at berths in stormy weather. After passing out, extra mooring tugs must be released. Keeping tugs alongside over 2 hours is considered to be a salvage action. Vessels with dangerous cargo must keep engines in constant readiness. The number of crew members on board the vessel must be sufficient to ensure an instant departure with the help of its own engine and tugs. The immobilising of the main engine, steering or anchor gear, or the trimming of berthed vessels is possible with the Harbour Master's consent in written form. For carrying out these works permission is granted for no more than 3 vessels simultaneously.

Barges of 1,085dwt capacity are available to use inside the port area only.

Ballast/slop reception:
Sheskharis Oil harbour can receive only 5,000t of dirty ballast. In the dry cargo port, slops and dirty oily water can be received by barges.

Gangway watch is compulsory and is carried out by crew on board and by watchmen on shore (but if master of vsl sign letter of guarantee, that crew will be carried 24 hrs watch, watchmen compulsory during inward/outward formalities only).


There is a ship repair yard in Novorossiysk with 3 dry docks and 11 berths. All types of repairs for vessels of up to 150,000dwt. Divers for underwater repair/surveys are available.Spare parts for main engine, auxiliary diesels, electric equipment, Magnavox 1102, GPS and satellite navigators are available. Vessels are requested to make their requirements known by radio not later than 15 days before arrival to Seatrade Agency.

Docking facilities:
There are 3 floating docks available with lifting capacity of 150,000dwt.

Bunkers, lubricants and fresh water are available from barges in the Dry Cargo and Oil Harbours with 2 days notice.

Medical facilities:
Hospital facilities are available. In case of accident (emergency) medical attention is rendered at any time.

Nearest airport: Anapa, 50km. Daytime flights only. Krasnodar, 150km. Flights day and night, local and international flights every day.
Nearest railway: Novorossiysk

Public holidays:
New Year's Day (Jan 1),
Chritsmas (Jan 7),
International Women's Day (Mar 8),
International Labour Day (May 1 and 2),
Victory Day (May 9),
Day of Russian Independence (Jun 12),
Great October Socialist Revolution (Nov 7),
Constitution Day (Dec 12).

Working hours:
The port works throughout 24 hours. Working hours for stevedore teams are: First shift 0800-1600hrs; 2nd shift 1600-2400hrs; 3rd shift 0000-0800hrs. For overtime there are additional shifts.

Crew shore leave is available from 0800-2400hrs and shore passes must be obtained.

Garbage is collected in special containers fitted on shore close to the vessel and renewed every 2 days in summer and every 3 days in winter or garbage is collected in plastic bags on board the vessel and removed by barge.

Officials and visitors:
Accommodation and meals are not required. Visitors are allowed only with the permission of immigration.

Smoke must not be emitted from funnel and oil pollution is prohibited. In the event of pollution occurring, immediately inform the
Harbour Master, tel:29 25 82;
Co-ordination Centre, tel: 29 25 07;
Dispatcher of Port, tel:29 24 44;
Fire Team, tel: 01;
Dispatcher Oil Harbour, tel:29 21 35
and Committee of the Protection of the Environment, tel: 25 35 30.

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