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Port Bronka in St Petersburg

Russia’s latest deepwater terminal now fully operational

Port Bronka, the new outlying deepwater terminal in St Petersburg, is reported to have successfully completed its six-month start-up phase after regular services began in January.

Container, general cargo and ro-ro services – including most recently the handling of new cars – have all been introduced, with regular clients including Finnlines and CMA CGM offering direct links to all main hub ports in Europe’s north range ports of Hamburg, Rotterdam and Antwerp and to the Mediterranean.

Good inland links have also been established by the port’s Russian owner and operator Fenix LLC with hinterland clients and up to three container block trains per day (export and import) arrive at the port.

Alexey Shukelstov, executive director of Port Bronka, says the first priority during the start-up phase had been “to establish a stable organisation and a full range of reliable services,” with both these goals having been achieved.

Port of Hamburg, which enjoys a marketing pact with Port Bronka, previously announced that the new terminal would have an initial 1.4km of quays and annual handling capacity of 1.45m teu plus 260,000 ro-ro units. Costs of the new port are said to total around €1.17bn ($1.30bn) with Fenix having committed around €820m as a private investor.

“We are happy that our clients benefit from our favourable location, superior infrastructure and high productivity from the early beginning of terminal operations,” said Stefan Wilkens, gm of the container terminal. 

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