New Russian Baltic cargo seaport and transshipment hub in the works

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Russian federal agency FSUE Rosmorport and Primorsky Universal Transshipment Complex LLC (Primorsky UPK) will construct a major transshipment hub on the Baltic Coast.

Signed at the Transport Week 2021 Forum, the project is a part of the Comprehensive Plan for the Modernization and Expansion of the Main Infrastructure (CPTI).

The project, located at the seaport of Primorsk, is the largest investment of the Russian Federation’s seaports in the Baltic basin.

By 2030, the facility will transport a cargo turnover of up to 65 million tons per year.

The agreement provides for financing and constructing of federal property facilities at the expense of Primorsky with their subsequent transfer to the treasury of the Russian Federation.

The transshipment complex will be one of the only deep-water port hubs in the Baltic basin capable of handling large-tonnage sea vessels with a capacity of up to 150,000 tons of bulk and general cargo and rolling equipment and vessels with a capacity of up to 200,000 tons for its container service.

When full design capacity is reached, the volume of the cargo turnover of the ‘Primorsky UPK’ will be up to 65 million tons per year.

The 65 million tons is more than 20% of the total cargo turnover of the Russian seaports in the Baltic basin.

The seaport of Primorsk will be able to have full digitalisation and optimisation in the transshipment processes management.

The seaport will use new systems for loading, storage and transshipment of bulk cargo using closed technologies that exclude negative impact on the environment. Dusting and noise impacts will be excluded.

The port complex is an important strategic facility for such purposes as reorienting Russian foreign trade cargo from the seaports of the Baltic States and developing the Russian export potential.

The large-scale infrastructure project includes a port complex, a new high-speed four-lane highway with a junction to the Scandinavia federal highway and a modern high-speed railway infrastructure.

As part of the creation of the rail infrastructure, upon agreement with the Russian Railways JSC, plans include the complete reconstruction of the existing Vyborg-Matrosovo-Primorsk-Ermilovo section and the construction of the North-Eastern railway bypass of St. Peterburg.

The construction of the port complex is planned to be completed by December 2024.

In 2025, a trial operation of terminals will be carried out, logistics will be built up by shippers, and an increase in cargo turnover on a step-by-step basis will be carried out.

At present, design work has already been completed and state expert examinations have been passed.

A construction stage of the preparatory period has reached its closing phase.

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