19 August 2021
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin ordered to close three ports in the Sakhalin region for the provision of services and the entry of foreign ships. The corresponding order No. 2245-r of August 17, 2021 was published on the official Internet portal of legal information.
“To close the seaports of Aleksandrovsk – Sakhalinsky, Moskalvo and Poronaysk, all in Sakhalin region, for the provision of services and entry of foreign vessels,” the document says.
The port of Aleksandrovsk – Sakhalinsky is located on the coast of the Sea of Japan, it includes a roadstead and an internal bay designed for anchorage of ships carrying out servicing and supply operations. The port navigation period is from April to December.
Moskalvo seaort is located on the northwestern coast of Sakhalin Island in the Baikal Bay of the Sea of Okhotsk. It is engaged in servicing ships, receiving, handling and storing cargo. Navigation time is from June to November.
The port of Poronaysk is located in the central part of Sakhalin Island in the Terpeniya Bay of the Sea of Okhotsk, at the mouth of the Poronai River. The main cargo is round timber, part of which is exported. The port is the only terminal on the eastern coast of Sakhalin with a state border crossing point. The location of the port of Poronaysk at the mouth of the Poronai River allows for year-round transshipment of goods. According to “PortNews” information agency, this measure is to some extent a temporary formality related to the procedure for merging these smaller ports with Korsakov seaport.