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PETERSBURG OIL TERMINAL
On September 17, 2020, representatives of the Russian Museum, PNT, as well as the administrations of the Kirovsky and Krasnoselsky districts of St. Petersburg will plant ten saplings from the oak grove of Emperor Peter the Great in the port on the territory of JSC Petersburg Oil Terminal (PNT). These plants are grown from acorns, which were collected from oak, a wildlife monument tree growing in the Summer Garden. The age of this oak is more than 360 years old, it was planted in the garden in October 1708 as an adult tree.
The place for planting oak trees was not chosen by chance. The founder saw St. Petersburg as a powerful port city, precisely through the berths of which Russia would exchange goods with other countries. It was not for nothing that he awarded the captains of the ships who, bypassing the blockade of the Swedish fleet, brought merchant ships to the city under construction.
The first warehouses for storage and shipment of oil and oil products in the Coal Harbor of the port of St. Petersburg appeared at the end of the 19th century. Since then, this terminal has been improving: methods of storing and pumping petroleum products have been improved, environmental and industrial safety has been increased, new equipment has been installed, which allows to reduce emissions.
“During the restoration of the Summer Garden, we identified age trees, among them there is an oak, which is more than 360 years old,” says Vladimir Gusev, Director General of the State Russian Museum. – When Peter I came to explore Petersburg, he was 30 years old, and the oak – about 50. The emperor loved oaks very much and tried to plant them in places that were especially dear to him. While planting these amazing trees, Peter I always thought about the future of Russia. Continuing this wonderful tradition with the program “All-Russian Oak Grove of Emperor Peter the Great”, we plan to approach the number of planted trees to a figure close to his anniversary. “
“Planting 10 oak saplings from the oak grove of Peter the Great on the territory of the city’s largest oil terminal is very symbolic,” notes the chairman of the board of directors of PNT Mikhail Skigin. “The Russian emperor wanted to make St. Petersburg the center of European trade, and his dream came true – the city on the Neva has been For 300 years it has been the largest Russian port. In a few years, the grown oaks will be visible not only to the terminal staff, but also to the crews of ships passing through the Marine Canal. We were glad to take part in the action on planting oak seedlings – contemporary of Peter I. PNT has been cooperating with the Russian Museum for many years, and I am sure that our joint work will only expand. “