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Alexey Danchenko

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Alexey Danchenko (1904-1983) – the famous organizer of the maritime industry, the head of Black Sea Shipping (1949-53), the General Director of the third rank, the Chief of the Black Sea and Azov Sea Joint Shipping Company, a Hero of Socialism Labor, a holder of 3 orders of Lenin and other government awards.,

 

Alexey was born in a family of sailors. His father - Evgeniy sailed on merchant navy as a boatswain. After graduating from a vocational school A.Danchenko received a profession of a turner. In 1919 he volunteered for the battlefront, fought at the 1st International Crimean Regiment.

 

In the 1920s he sailed as a stocker onboard the merchant navy fleet.

 

In 1943-1944 he headed the port of Makhachkalinsk. From 1945 to 1949 he was the General Manager of the port of Odessa.

 

A.Danchenko marked the history of not only domestic ports, but also in the world's merchant fleet. In particular, he first proposed and tested to load oil tankers with grain cargoes and sugar raw sugar on the homeward way to avoid idle traffic. This method was later called "Russian" by the British.

 

At the initiative of Danchenko were built such ports as Illichevsk, Belgorod-Dnestrovskiy, Mirniy (on the lake of Donuzlav). Given the prospects of maritime industry development, Alexey formalize the entire Grigorievskiy coastal salt lake as a port point of Odessa port, and build the largest port on the Black Sea - the port of "Yuzhny”.