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Dangerous cargo and bunkering restrictions in St Petersburg port during FIFA World Cup

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Russia has suspended the handling of dangerous goods and bunkering at the Port of St Petersburg over a two month period around the FIFA World Cup.

A circular from P&I Club Gard said its local correspondents reported the harbour master of Port of St Petersburg stated that the security restrictions imposed in the port include the suspension in the carrying and handling of dangerous cargoes, including bunkering operations.

The security measures apply to all modes of transport including railroad, and to stevedoring companies, cargo terminals and bunker suppliers. The restrictions will be in force from 25 May to 25 July this year during which the FIFA World Cup is being played in Russia. St Petersburg is one of the host cities for the World Cup with seven matches to be played at St Petersburg Stadium, including one of the semi-finals.

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Gard noted similar restrictions were in place during the FIFA Confederations Cup during 2017. “At that time, the railroad completely ceased the transport and handling of dangerous goods and vessels carrying dangerous goods, classified by the IMDG Code Classes 1-7, were not permitted to enter the port of St. Petersburg. Vessels either had to wait until the restrictions were lifted, whilst others were redirected to the port of Ust-Luga,” the club said.

“In light of the above measures, owners and operators are advised to contact their local agents or representatives prior to arrival at the port of St. Petersburg or other relevant Russian ports, to ascertain whether a vessel with dangerous cargo on board will be permitted to enter the port and to perform cargo operations or bunkering,” the circular said.

The World Cup is being held in Russia from 14 June to 15 July.

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