The global container transportation market has been steadily growing in the past decade. The tonnage of commissioned containerships constantly increases, requiring an increase of navigation depths and technical renovation of modern seaports. The Baltic Sea ports are essential for Russian foreign trade cargo operations and 45% of all container cargo in the Russian market is handled in Saint-Petersburg. Annual turnover of cargo delivered to Russia through the Baltic ports can rise to around 140 million tonnes by 2025, which will definitely lead to congestion given current port capacities.
The case for a mega-port
Given the context, construction of new deep-water ports in the Baltic Sea with the latest industry innovations and technologies is a necessity. The multipurpose sea cargo complex (MSCC) Bronka is located on the south shore of the Gulf of Finland. MSCC Bronka will comprise three specialised complexes; a container terminal, a RoRo terminal, and a logistics centre. The total area of the container terminal will amount to 107 hectares. The RoRo terminal will be 57, the logistics centre 42, and the container terminal quay line will amount up to 1,200 metres (5 berths), the RoRo terminal will have a quay line of 710 metres (3 berths). MSCC Bronka’s first stage turnover will amount to 1.45 million TEU and 130,000 RoRo units, later the container terminal throughput capacity will be 1.9 million TEU and another 130,000 of RoRo units will be added, equaling a total of 260,000 units.
The construction of a port providing effective terminal operations for megaships can become a technological breakthrough for Russia with myriad…
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