Exactly 80 years ago, on December 11, 1942, the first allied convoy PQ-7 with cargo arrived in Murmansk. During the Second World War, as a result of enemy raids, more than a hundred Murmansk port workers died at their posts, over 300 were injured.

In memory of the feat of the sailors and port workers, who at the risk of their lives ensured uninterrupted supplies of allied aid to the USSR, the workers of the Murmansk Sea Trade Port held a solemn meeting. The memorial events were attended by Governor of the Murmansk Region Andrey Chibis, Chairman of the Murmansk Regional Duma Sergei Dubovoy, Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Tatyana Kusayko, Chief Federal Inspector in the Murmansk Region Andrei Kalinin, representatives of the Northern Fleet and the Murmansk administration.

The participants, accompanied by a military orchestra, walked in a column from the office building of the Murmansk Commercial Sea Port to the monument to the perished port workers on the square near the sea station, where the rally took place.

Speaking to the audience, Governor of the Murmansk Region Andrey Chibis recalled that it was through the northern ports of Murmansk and Arkhangelsk that a quarter of all supplies to the USSR under Lend-Lease passed.

Chairman of the Murmansk Regional Duma Sergey Dubovoy noted that the 80th anniversary of the arrival of the first convoy to Murmansk is a significant date for the whole country.

The participants of the rally honored the memory of the port workers who died during the war with a minute of silence. Then wreaths and flowers were laid at the foot of the monument. According to the maritime tradition, commemorative wreaths were also lowered into the water of the Kola Bay from the side of a tug.

Posted by: 11 January 2022