Port Bronka and CMA CGM sign long-term container cargo handling deal

St Petersburg’s Port Bronka and leading shipping company CMA CGM have signed a long-term agreement for handling and storage of container cargo.

CMA CGM is the world’s third largest container shipping company with a total fleet capacity of 1,807,298 TEU. The company serves more than 400 ports over the world and currently calls at St Petersburg under four regular services, connecting it through the European hub ports with all international routes. The calls at Port Bronka will be performed in accordance with a regular schedule with actually operated vessels with capacity up to 1,800 TEU.

Due to the approach channel and basin depth of 14.4m, the modern cargo handling equipment for post-Panamax vessels operations, and design solutions, the new Port Bronka is set to remain the leading Russian port in the Baltic basin for some decades and can represent an attractive alternative to the hub ports for handling of the large container fleet.

The multi-functional cargo handling facility comprises two terminals plus a logistics centre. Covering 107 hectares, the container terminal offers five berths along quays extending 1,200 metres.

Long-term relations with the port determined in the signed agreement will allow CMA CGM line sustainable improvement of the services and modernisation of the operated fleet with new building of higher size ice class vessels delivered in 2016, including development of the routes for shipments to Russia and entry to the new markets.