Nikolaev river port:

    Vessels’ restrictions dimensionwise:

  • LOA – 140m
  • Breadth moulded – 16m
  • Draft – 4.5m

For vessels exceeding above dimensions pls apply in advance.

    Draft restrictions along the piers:

  • pier #1,2,3,4,5,6,7 – 4.5m,
  • pier # 6,7 – 5,5m (via stand-off block)
    Pilotage restrictions:

  • Pilotage is obligatory,
  • Tugboats usage obligatory during mooring/unmooring operations.
    Governmental restriction: Vessels calling at Nikolaev river port under foreign flag must obtain permission of Ministry of Transport.



    NIKOLAEV RIVER PORT General Information

    • Introduction

      In 1882, the State Council of Russia passed a bill assigning funds for constructing a quay on the shoreline of the city of Nikolaev; historically, the establishment of Nikolaev River Port dates back to that event. The Russian Joint Stock Steamship Society used to operate on the Yuzhniy Bug River. It ope­rated passenger vessels and also cargo ships car­rying grain, granite and peat. After 1917 this company was transformed and expanded. By the end of the 1940s it carried up to 400,000 passengers and 150,000 t of cargo via Nikolaev Quay during the navigable period. In 1963, Nikolaev Quay was renamed Nikolaev River Port. The basic construction works of the new port were carried out from 1965 till 1969. The port provides handling of scrap metal, metals, timber, coal, coke, iron ore concentrate, building materials, agricultural products, etc. In May 1993, the enterprise was privatized. In April 2000, the general assembly of JSC Nikolaev River Port approved the decision to merge with and become a subsidiary company of JS SC UKRRECHFLOT. In 2012, the port cele­brated its 130th anniversary.

    • Entering and Leaving Port

      A shipmaster or agent must report its ETA to the Harbour Master 72 hrs in advance and reconfirm it 48,24 and 12 hrs prior to entry. They must also specify: the shipowner; charterer, ETA at the pi­lots station (reception buoy), the ship’s: draught, supply and servicing needs, as well as any sani­tary or other circumstances impeding the vessel’s readiness for handling. Ships’ outward formalities are conducted by an inspector in the office of DMSP Port Control. Besides the standard documents, the ship­master must submit a cargo plan, i.e. diagram of cargo securing with calculations of vessel’s stabil­ity both at departure and arrival time.

    • Port Regulations and Navigational Information

      The article was written on the basis of the Man­datory Regulations issued for Nikolaev Merchant Sea Port and affirmed by Director General of Nikolaev MSPon01.06.09.

    • General information

      The port waters are linked to the transit route for ships by the approach channel of 70m width,800m length abd 5.8m depth. Visibility in the approach channel and port waters is 5-10 miles and more. The port waters are protected from winds by a high shoreline to the east, and by a dam to the west.
      The port is navigable all year round.
      Its waters are fresh. For weather conditions see Nikolaev Sea Port.

    • Navigational Conditions

      Entry and departure of vessels to/from the port is carried out 24 hours a day subject to acceptable navigational and hydro-meteorological condi­tions but the movement along Spasskiy channel from the roadstead of SE NRP to the roadstead of SE NMSP at night is prohibited. Transit ships and local vessels must inform the Port Control and Port Operator on Duty of their intention to enter or leave the port well in advance and obtain permission to pass through the approach chan­nel. Only one-way passage is permitted in the cargo area’s approach channel. Preference is giv­en to vessels of 3.5 m draught or more, and when this parameter is equal to vessels leaving the port.

      Movement of vessels should be permitted by the DMSP Port Control’s Officer and the Operator on Duty.

      The port admits cargo ships of max. 4.5m draft and max. 140 m length at births Nos. 6,7 at the distance of 15 м from the quay wall with the draught of 5.5 m.

      Vessels bound for Nikolaev River Port, after having passed from Nikolaev Sea Port waters and when navigating from the sea or passing the Spasskiy channel’s second bend, moving downstream, must ask the port control and a Port Operator on duty for permission to either enter the port or lay at anchorage in its roads. Ships’ inward formalities must be conducted at the DMSP Port Control office no later than 6 hrs after arrival. When the stay is shorter, both inward and outward formalities can be conducted simultaneously. Transit ships’ departure is formalize board a vessel by a Port Control Officer on 1 Vessels’ speed in port waters must not exceed 6 knots. Movement of vessels in port waters is prohibited when visibility is less than 500 m and/or wind speed exceeds 13 mps.
      Mooring operations by all vessels in the port (excluding river-sea ships with maneuvering vice) must be performed by means of tugboats. Shipmasters should submit application for tug assistance to an Operator on Duty via UHF radio min. 2 hours in advance. Mooring operations are not performed when wind speed exceeds 13 mps.

    • Pilotage

      Pilotage in port waters and by mooring operations is compulsory. Shipmasters must apply Port Operator or their agents for a pilot 12 hours in advance and reconfirm it 2 hours before,via UHF radio to a DMSP Port Control Officer on Duty and the area operator.

    • Anchorage

      There are two outer roadsteads in the cargo area waters: Western and Eastern ones.

      The Western roadstead is situated on the left of the port’s approach channel and it is di­vided into two parts by the first bend of Spasskiy Channel: Northern and Southern ones. It pro­vides anchorage for: 2 vessels of max. 3 m draught and 110m length in its northern part; in the south­ern part – 2 vessels of max 7.8 m in draft and up to 185 m in length are to use anchors and roadstead mooring buoys, or 2 vessels of up to 6 m in draft and up to 140 m in length are to ride at anchors.

      Eastern roadstead is to the right of the port approach channel axis, and it is divided into two parts by the first bend of Spasskiy Channel: north­ern and southern ones.

      The northern part is assigned for lying of lo­cal non-self propelled port fleet of up to 2 m draft.

      The southern part is assigned for lying of one large tonnage vessel of up to 7.8 m draft and up to 185 m in length at anchors or roadstead moor­ing buoys.

      In the southern part of port roadsteads it is possible to load vessels up to the draft of 8.5 m, and the vessels having that draft can leave the port if it is agreed with the Harbour Master on a case- by-case basis.

      Anchorage No. 365, behind the left curve of the second bend of Spasskiy channel, is designed for vessels of up to 5 m draught.

      The passenger area roadstead is situated be­hind the left curve of the fourth bend of Spassky channel.

      The roadstead is assigned for anchorage of transit vessels and it can accommodate 2 vessels of up to 3 m draft and up to 110 m length.

      Port self-propelled fuelers get berthed in the area of complex fleet service. Self propelled puri­fication plant is on the same berth.

      Oil carriers can anchor in port roads when this is agreed with a Duty Inspector of DMSP Port Control, Guard Service and a Port Operator.

      Vessel to shore transportation for transit ves­sels lying in the roadstead is supplied by port tug on the request of-concerned person or via the agent with payments put in order. Movement of vessels carried out during daytime. The shipmas­ters of the vessels lying in the roadstead shall keep the radio switched on and tuned to VHF channel 16.

    • Policy on Staying in Port

      Lying abreast in port is permitted for no more than two vessels of the same type, except bulk liquid carriers.

      The distance between transit vessels lying at the berth must be no less than 10 m; similarly, for local vessels, no less than 5 m.

      After ice conditions are declared, ships’ traffic are subject to the Harbour Master’s permission, and mooring operations to tug assistance; moving vessels not classified for ice conditions is prohibited.

      For vessels in transit through port waters, shipmasters must apply to the Harbour Master as follows: those coming from the sea – 24 hours before reaching port waters – by radio; those lying in the port – 6 hours before departure – by written application.

    • Additional Services

      The port can offer: collection of oily rags, dry garbage, food wastes, used oil, and of bilge waters, sewage and oily waters which are reprocessed by the port’s own purifying facility (cap.: 10 t/hr).

      The port offers tug assistance.

    • Specialization

      The port can handle, on its own, up to 5M t of general and bulk cargoes a year. It handles: ferrous metals, pipes, iron ore pellets, ferroalloys, ores, clay, saltpetre, coal, scrap metal, grain, packed cargoes.