Russia’s Port of Bronka
Ports of St. Petersburg handle 45 percent of all container cargo in the Russian market, making Baltic ports critical for Russian foreign trade cargo operations. Bronka, St. Petersburg’s “box” port, was built to enhance trade and take larger ships from the historical St. Petersburg Port, which is situated closer to the city center. The deep-water Port Bronka is located southwest of St. Petersburg, out of the urban area, on the south coast of the Gulf of Finland.
Customers benefit from the advantageous location of Bronka: a direct route to the main city highway – the St. Petersburg ring-road, and a convenient approach channel measuring just 13 nautical miles from the entrance buoy. Bronka railway station is connected to the Port via a 12-kilometer rail route.
Port Bronka features efficient, future-ready intermodal, auto, container, ro-ro, breakbulk and project, dry and liquid bulk terminals, and a logistics facility.
The Ministry of Transport of Russia and the Government of St. Petersburg joined efforts to develop Port Bronka in order to use the most promising locations surrounding St. Petersburg. Coastal infrastructure construction began in 2011. Port Bronka was regarded at the time as a strategically important site for Russia’s transportation system. Between 2011 and 2014, the construction of pile foundations for piers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 was completed.
Fenix LLC, founded in 2007, operates Port Bronka. In May 2015, Port Bronka and Port of Hamburg signed a Cooperation Agreement. In June 2015, the heavy load carrier ‘Meri’ was the first commercial vessel to call at Bronka and pass the newly built approach channel. The port’s operations started at the end of 2015. Bronka opened a new vehicle terminal in August 2016.
The Port is equipped with modern shore container cranes with remote-controlled yard equipment to handle containers and all sorts of ro-ro and breakbulk cargo. Because of its excellent naval accessibility, high-performance highways and rail connectivity, speedy and efficient import and export handling processes, Bronka provides substantial relief to St. Petersburg Port.
General Description and Contact Info
Port Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Corporate Office: 49, Krasnoflotskoe Shose, Lomonosov, St. Petersburg, Russia, 198412
Phone: +7 (812) 777-2000
Web Site: www.port-bronka.ru
Port Commerce: Business Profile, Operations, Size, Capacity, Turnover
Port Bronka at a glance:
- Full-service operation port with river, road, and rail connections.
- Highly operational approach channel (depth 14.4 m, width180 m) and multi-purpose berths.
- Effective and rapid truck operations: it takes less than an hour from a gate in to a gate out.
- A dedicated lane (width 8.2 m, height 6,5 m) and an optimal railway curve radius of over 300 m allow it to operate the massive lift and project freight.
- Tugboats are always on duty.
- A comprehensive set of cargo safety measures.
- Handling of all sorts of hazardous materials.
- Warehouse class A – 8,600 m2
- Warehouse class B – 3,600 m2
- Bonded warehouse – 8,272 m2
Port Bronka, the Maritime Multipurpose Complex Bronka, was built on the Gulf of Finland’s southern shore, where the ring-road and the dam border the limits of Lomonosov municipal town. The 59 billion ruble (15.7 billion rubles of public funds) Port Bronka complex includes the coastal infrastructure, 7 berths, and rear terminals.
Fenix LLC, the company that founded, owns, and operates Bronka, has signed over 500 contracts with clients in the hinterland, including freight forwarders, trucking businesses, importers, and exporters.
Port Bronka, St. Petersburg’s only deepwater port, with a depth of 14.4 meters, can handle Panamax container ships and Star-Class to/pax-ferries. Port Bronka has a deeper ship draft (14m vs. 11m) than St. Petersburg Port, which will attract some cargo flow from SP and other Baltic transit ports. Besides, the Baltic customs posts of the Port of St. Petersburg may be relocated to Bronka.
Port Bronka has a total size of 243 hectares. Its container terminal encompasses 107 hectares and has five berths along 1,200-meter-long quays. The Port currently receives up to three container block trains every day. The ro-ro terminal, which spans 57 hectares and has 710 m of a quay length, can handle three ships at once. The ro-ro terminal’s current capacity is 260,000 units annually with the potential to increase to 500,000 annually. Ocean forwarders such as Finnlines and Transfenica handle in and out ro-ro traffic for Port Bronka.
Bronka’s terminals are equipped with 2 ship-to-shore cranes, capable of loading up to 20,000 tons per day, and the most up-to-date mooring technology. The state-of-the-art Bronka provides a great deal of support to other Russian ports, not equipped with full-scale facilities or dedicated bulk terminals.
The current capacity of the Port is 500,000 TEU. The Port’s expansion strategy calls for a capacity increase to 1,9 million TEU.
The Office of the Federal Service for Border Control, Customs Post, the Office of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control, Business Center, a service center, a self-serve cafeteria, and a restaurant are located in Port Bronka.
Advantages of Shipping with the Port of Bronka
Bronka has an excellent location for both nautical and land transportation. The Port has easy access to the city ring-road highway as well as the federal highway system. Ust-Luga, one of Bronka’s competitors, was built recently, in 2001, and fits the present needs of shippers, but is located far from St. Petersburg.
The Port has its own railway station, Bronka, which is connected to the federal railway system, allowing for a freight turnover of 475,000 tons per year.
Trucks, containers, semi-trailers, and roll trailers can be discharged or loaded into covered storage at Port Bronka. There is short-term storage for cargo that needs to be handled indoors, such as paper, wooden plates, and other sensitive products, as well as long-term storage in a customs warehouse facility.
Port Bronka took unusual measures to support its customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. A separate yard was allocated for the storage of export and import products. It allowed for a 60-day free period for export commodities and a 30-day free period for imports. All cargoes arriving at the Port were held at the yard for an extra two weeks at no cost to the cargo owners.
The Port is undergoing a rapid transformation. Major shipping lines and industry sectors, particularly the automobile industry, have already signed long-term contracts with the Port management.
Prices, Fees, and Tariffs at Port Bronka
The Ministry of Transport of Russia approves, reviews, and updates the list of harbor fees, dues, and tariffs in the seaports of Russia, including Port Bronka.
Several factors determine the freight rates charged by freight forwarders at Port Bronka, including the total size of products, shipping distance, urgency, shipment classification, and temperature requirements.
It’s important to understand that supply and demand have an impact on rates. The latest advancements in information technology and software make it easier than ever to comprehend the rates and the whole freight transportation and value chain.
From the beginning, Bronka’s intention was to calculate and offer rates in the local ruble rather than the US dollar, opposite to the majority of Russian stevedores, which will result in significantly lower prices due to the ruble’s weakness against the dollar. The Port is also committed to reduce rates and take advantage of customs changes that will benefit Bronka. Bronka is willing to offer discounts of up to $200 below market rates in addition to providing pricing in rubles.
Worth noting here that the following winter surcharge was levied by CMA CGM to all imports and exports to/from Bronka for the Winter 2020/2021:
- Equipment: Dry & Reefer
- Timeline: December 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2021
- EUR 90 per TEU – from Poland, North Europe, Scandinavia, Baltic, Black Sea, West and East Med, North Africa, Morocco to Bronka
- $100 per TEU – from other ports to Bronka
- $ 55 per TEU – from Bronka to other ports worldwide.
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Top Shipping Routes To/From Bronka
Bronka is connected to Rotterdam, Hamburg, and Antwerp by regular container services. French CMA CGM’s Baltic Levant Express provides direct routes from Bronka to Mediterranean seaports. In fact, the shipping giant CMA CGM became the first to start calls to Bronka in January 2016.
Finnlines, the passenger and ro-ro operator of Finland, calls at Port Bronka weekly, transporting cars, trucks, trailers, project cargo, steel, sawn timber, construction materials, as well as containers.
In the first quarter of 2019, a new freight route between China and Europe via Port Bronka was launched. It combines rail and ship delivery.
With enhanced road connections, Port Bronka represents the fastest way to reach Moscow and the metropolitan area’s consumer markets.
Top Reasons to Choose CREDO TRANS for Transport and Logistics at the Port of Bronka
For 10 long years, CREDO TRANS has been instrumental in connecting businesses in Russia with top global markets and making supply chains customer-centric. Our company works with the world’s largest seaports and major freight hubs. Through its representative offices, CREDO TRANS transports freight by sea on 27 routes, utilizing the infrastructure of all terminals at Russia’s biggest ports, including Port Bronka.
CREDO TRANS sees tremendous development opportunities in Port Bronka. The Port was built at the gates of St. Petersburg, it has direct access to high-performance highways and rail links with the Russian hinterland.
Currently, St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast have six operational seaports with a total yearly capacity of 4 million TEU. Port Bronka alone has a capacity of around 120 percent of all combined container capacity of the Russian Baltic basin ports.
CREDO TRANS has been delivering a comprehensive range of customs logistics and freight forwarding services in Port Bronka. We have a great deal of experience with customs registration of freight imports/exports by road, sea, and rail in the ports of Russia’s Baltic Basin, and as a result, no geographical limitations. CREDO TRANS’ relationships with sea line agents at Port Bronka allow the company’s customers to benefit from significant discounts on maritime cargo transportation from any port in the globe to Port Bronka.
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