The Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) resumed oil transshipment at the Novorossiysk sea terminal on February 22 due to stable weather conditions, QazMonitor reports.
The transshipment was stopped on February 19 due to storms and the corresponding warnings issued by the captain of the Novorossiysk sea port.
"Oil shipment is carried out through remote berthing facilities five kilometers away from the shoreline in strict compliance with industrial and environmental safety requirements. The design of the TLU allows for transshipment under adverse weather conditions when traditional onshore oil export systems are forced to interrupt operations," the CPC said in a statement.
The TLU is subject to weather limitations that exceed similar requirements for onshore berths. For instance, mooring operations at the TLU and lifting of hoses on tankers are carried out in the sea when the levels are up to 2.5 meters and wind speed does not exceed 23 meters per second.
"CPC adheres to an uncompromising position on the issue of environmental protection and industrial safety during the operation of the equipment of the marine terminal of the consortium in the Black Sea and preventing the creation of emergency situations related to oil spills,” the statement continued.
“On the basis of this setting and following the relevant regulations, oil transshipment was stopped during the specified period, which will also be done in the future if similar conditions occur.”