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May/June 2016 Russian Ports Bronka bucks the trend A gainst a background of a sluggish Russian economy, due in large part to Western sanctions, it might seem foolhardy to be investing in a large new container port in the country. But the speed with which consignors and one of the world’s biggest shipping lines have stepped in to move cargo through the brand new port of Bronka suggests the investor Fenix LLC has spotted potential for a modern port capable of handling bigger vessels and providing higher levels of service than currently available on Russia’s Baltic Sea coast. Historically, the terminals of the old port in St Petersburg have not featured sufficient depth or the technical capability to handle larger capacity boxships. In some facilities containers are even lifted using old-fashioned ropes and hooks instead of purpose-built spreaders. When fully operational Bronka will have deeper water and be able to welcome post-panamax vessels with a capacity up to 8,100 TEU. This, the developer believes, will make St Petersburg a genuine ocean port, offering Russian consignees and shippers lower transport costs and greater competitiveness against neighbouring Baltic ports, like Poland’s Gdansk, which along with others, is preparing to battle for Russian cargoes. RTG cranes built by Konecranes of Finland. The cranes have a stacking height of one-over-five standard containers, can reach over a stack width of six containers plus discharge and load rail tracks, with a lifting capacity of 50 tons beneath the spreader. The high-performance container gantry cranes have a boom reach of 51m. In twin-lift operation they each have a lifting capacity of 65 tons. This equipment is complemented during the first stage by 25 Terberg terminal tractors with a capacity of up to 36 tons, 25 Novatech roll-trailers, two empty container stackers, two reach stackers for use on rail tracks and for the RoRo Terminal, and a Konecranes Loader with a lifting capacity of 33 tons. Two rail sidings 535m in length are available at the terminal site. Handled simultaneously, the two halves of the train are combined into one block train 1.3km away at Bronka Marshalling Yard. Late March the first container block train arrived at the rail terminal at Bronka on the Oktyabrskaya Railway. The consignor was Voskhod LLC. The train was formed of 31 container rail carriers, carrying 61 containers full of FIBCs carrying mineral fertilisers for shipment to Antwerp on the vessel CMA CGM Violetta. The whole train was allocated for discharge on two MSCC Bronka tracks. The train was discharged with railstackers simultaneously at both tracks without shifting of railcars. Fenix has already signed a long term agreement with deepsea carrier CMA CGM for handling and storage of container cargo. CMA CGM is the Two of four Liebherr quay cranes being delivered to the port in September 2015 third largest Multipurpose Sea Cargo Complex (MSCC) container shipping company with a total fleet Bronka is on the outskirts of St Petersburg and capacity of 1.8 million TEU. The company is already lies on the southern bank of the Gulf of Finland. one of the biggest container carriers in St The port is directly linked to the St Petersburg Petersburg, including reefer containers in its trades. orbital highway and the Russian rail network. A Today, the French container giant calls St multi-functional cargo handling facility comprises Petersburg under four regular services, connecting two terminals plus a logistics centre. Covering the port through European hubs with all 107 ha, the container terminal offers five berths international routes. The calls at Bronka will be along quays extending 1,200m. The RoRo performed in accordance with a regular schedule terminal covers 57ha, and with a quay length of with actually operated vessels with capacity up to 710m permits simultaneous handling of three 1,800 TEU. ships. Long term relations with the new port At the first stage of construction, handling determined in the signed agreement will allow capacity of the container terminal totals 1.45 CMA CGM to upgrade services through the port million TEU a year, plus 260,000 units at the with a modernised fleet including the new RoRo terminal. A first-stage water depth of building of larger size ice class vessels expected to 14.4m enables Bronka to handle post-panamax be delivered this year. The agreement also covers vessels. development of new routes for shipments to and The cargo handling operation currently has four from Russia. Liebherr quayside container gantry cranes and 10 www.port-bronka.ru Bronka is on the outskirts of St Petersburg, away from the crowded area around the port’s older terminals BULKDISTRIBUTOR 17