Ship loading mineral fertilizers in Murmansk. Photo: Atle Staalesen

A first shipment of fertilizers is on its way across the Northern Sea Route

The Arctic route opens new opportunities for our deliveries to Asia, says company Acron.
October 08, 2019

The company, one of the world’s ten biggest mineral fertilizers producers, this week announced that it had sent a 23,000 tons shipload from Murmansk to China.

It is the first ever shipment of the kind, the company informs.

And it will not be the last.

According to Acron Vice President Dmitry Khabrat, the Northern Sea Route helps «cut expenses on logistics and opens new opportunities for delivery of our fertilizers to the countries in the Asian-Pacific region.»

The route also significantly helps cut delivery hours, he underlines.

Both Acron and its competitor Phosagro today send their fertilizers from the Kola Peninsula with railway and ships. A growing share is in the years to come due to be sent out by sea from the Kola Bay to buyers in Europe, as well as Asia.

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The developers of the Murmansk Transport Hub confirm that the new major seaport in Lavna might ultimately also include terminal facilities for fertilizers.

The shipload sent by Acron to China is likely to come from the company’s mining and processing plant in the Kola Peninsula. Acron in 2006 opened its Oleny Ruchey plant and has since produced several million tons of apatite concentrates in the region.

The Oleny Ruchey is operated by subsidiary North-Western Phosphorous Company and mining is currently conducted from an open pit.

In 2017, the company launched also underground mining and production is due to increase from 1,214 million tons in 2018 to more than 2 million tons in 2023.

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