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Image of the docks at Novorossiysk, Russia

Novorossiysk, Russia 1990

"Novorossiysk has become Russia's most significant Black Sea Port"

With the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains as a scenic back drop Novorossiysk, with its pleasant sub-tropical climate, sits on a deep sheltered bay at the Northern end of a string of Russian Black Sea Resorts.

Novorossiysk has become Russia's most significant Black Sea Port and the city handles 50 per cent of Russia's oil exports, plus timber, coal, grain and cement. The port has numerous berths, with scores of ships anchored in the bay.

The city which has a population of 200,000 people, is also a base port for the Ocean Going Fishing Fleet and the Novorossiysk Shipping Company (Novoship) which primarily operated tankers and bulk carriers around the world.

There are two cement factories and other important economic activities include ship repair, food processing, production of tractor components, garments and wines. Some of Russia's best 'Champagne' wine is produced from local vines in the nearby village of Abrau-Dyurso.

Plymouth has had informal links with Novorossiysk since the late 1940s. The agreement to Twin was completed in Novorossiysk in 1990.