Russian Novorossiysk Port Operation Temporarily Halted by Storm

July 7 (Bloomberg) -- Operations at the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk were interrupted by flooding during a storm, OAO Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port said in an e-mailed statement.

Electrical power equipment was flooded and the port’s administration decided to shut port areas at about 1 a.m. today, the company said in statement. The port probably can resume operations in several hours, the company said.

Igor Demin, a spokesman for OAO Transneft, said the company halted shipping to the Novorossiysk terminal until weather conditions improve.

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