Nordvik

Geography

The abandoned settlement and port of Nordvik is located in Krasnoyarsk Krai, on the coast of the Khatanga, which flows into the Laptev Sea. Already in the 19th century, researchers determined that it is possible to extract such minerals as salt, coal and oil here.

Transportation of bulk cargo from Nordvik is possible mainly in summer: the nearest equipped port is in Khatanga, but in winter it does not accept vessels. If the cargo vessel goes from the settlement to other Arctic ports, then with the support of icebreakers it can operate all the year round.

The seaport and settlement are located on the very edge of the Nordvik Peninsula, in the northeast of the Khatanga River Bay. In the 1930s, during the active development of the Far North, the port was constantly in demand: at that time the Northern Sea Route began to form, the icebreakers passed the coast of the settlement and went into the Laptev Sea. Cargo delivery to Nordvik by sea was in demand. The airports were built nearby — in Tiksi and Cape Schmidt; a small industrial city was to be formed on the place of the settlement. However, after 20 years the settlement was abandoned.

Delivery to Nordvik by ship is the most convenient from July to September, when the ocean tide enables sea-class ships to enter the bay. The rest of the time, the water is frozen, and even in summer there are large ice floes left in the sea and strong winds blow.

In a short summer in the Far North, vehicles practically do not come to Nordvik. In 2014, geologists carried out an expedition to the abandoned settlement by winter road — a snow road, operating only in winter. Some residents of the neighboring cities are descendants of those who lived and worked there. The ships needed coal, since the industrialists were just beginning to seek for oil in the North.

They found coal, oil, and even rock salt here. The logistics of modern transportation to Nordvik is complicated by the lack of ports, settlements and harsh climatic conditions. However, Arctic Shipping Company (ASCO) is able to fulfill any task of shipping cargo even to the most remote ports of the Arctic. There are no impossible tasks for us.

This industrial settlement was an important point in the USSR: not only the seaport worked there, but also two mines for the extraction of salt and coal. In Nordvik there was an artel of hunters, an airfield, oil workers worked here, workers extracted gypsum and made gypsum blocks, and also developed a clay pit that supplied raw materials for a brick factory. Cargo transportation from Nordvik may be required today, in particular, for the residents of Khatanga, where the seaport is located.

After the Great Patriotic War, about 20 thousand tons of coal were mined annually in the village. Therefore, transportation to Nordvik was in demand long time ago. 40 thousand tons of salt were mined during the year and it was used to drill oil wells. White salt for consumption, as well as coal, was transported by ships along the Northern Sea Route.

Our vessels can work at any depth, carry bulk cargo to Nordvik and back both by sea and river. Short navigation requires a quick response, the delivery of goods in a short time and often unloading on the shore, which is not prepared for this: our ships have specialized equipment.

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