Port Logistic intends to develop passenger shipping
Port Logistic LTd plans to modernize its passenger infrastructure within the area of the port of Vyborg and establish new shipping routes. The announcement was made by Olga Ansberg, the General Director of the company, at a meeting with the Governor for the region of Leningrad, Alexander Drozdenko.
According to Mrs. Ansberg, this year the company will begin work on the reconstruction of the passenger terminal, modernization of the offices for State Control services and will also work on improving the surrounding areas. After the modernization four quays will be allocated for passenger ships. The port currently has only one functional passenger quay for ships arriving from Lappeenranta to Vyborg. She added that three additional quays will guarantee development of new routes for passenger shipping.
“We are planning to establish regular ferry connections with a number of towns in Finland and other countries, including winter cruises, international cruises and high-speed services to Primorsk and St. Petersburg”, explains Mrs. Ansberg to Commersant StPb.
She also stressed that Port Logistic does not strive to compete with St. Petersburg, but will rather concentrate on handling of smaller ships and theme cruises. “This is a niche direction, that we will develop”, she said.
The launch of new routes is planned for May 2020. The company has not provided any details on the planned investments.
Port Logistic LTd is a stevedoring company that operates the Seaport of Vyborg. The port has an area of 16.2 ha and specializes in services for transshipment of general cargo, bulk cargo (mineral fertilizers, pellets, coal, ore, timber, scrap metal, aluminium hydroxide) and chemical liquid bulk. The company accommodates passenger vessels during summer navigation. In 2018 the cargo turnover of the port reached 1.9 mln. tons, 25% more than in 2017.