19 December 2012 11:41 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Ammonia loadings at the key Black Sea port of Yuzhny in Ukraine face 48-hour delays after strong winds forced officials to close the port for the second time in a week on Wednesday.
Gales of up to 72 km/hour forced the port authority to close the port at 04:00 local time because of concerns that arriving or departing vessels would suffer damage. Officials do not intend to reopen the port until Friday morning at the earliest.
The closure - which follows an identical 48-hour shutdown last weekend because of similar bad weather - impacts ammonia loadings more than other operations as the nitrogen-based fertilizer is explosive.
Approximately 232,000 tonnes of ammonia remains lined up for loading in Yuzhny during the second half of December for destinations including the US, India, France and Asia Pacific. A further 130,000 tonnes of ammonia was loaded in the first two weeks of the month.While some bulk cargo vessels may be able to load urea during the closure, no vessels will be allowed to berth or depart until the port is reopened.
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