On 30 August 2021, Moby Dik terminal, a joint venture between Global Ports Group and CMA Terminals located in Kronstadt in the Big Port of St. Petersburg, handled a pilot ro-ro vessel call.
The first shipment of 1,097 Chery and Geely cars of Chinese make arrived at Moby Dik from Zeebrugge on board the ”Seine Highway” operated by KESS Line. The cars were delivered from Shanghai to Europe by the ocean carrier Höegh Autoliners.
Global Ports has partnered with NYK Auto Logistics (Rus), a leading provider of finished vehicle logistics in Russia, to handle ro-ro vessels and organise intra-port operations at Moby Dik. The companies plan to develop long-term cooperation to increase the import and export volumes of cars handled at the terminal in Kronstadt.
Albert Likholet, CEO of Global Ports, said: “Since 2008, together with NYK Auto Logistics (Rus), we have been handling new cars from leading international brands at Petrolesport and today, alongside our partner, we are expanding the business area of car handling to one more terminal – Moby Dik. The launch of the second site will provide additional operational flexibility to our customers while maintaining a unified high standard of the Global Ports service.”
Alexander Larin, CEO of NYK Auto Logistics (Rus), commented: “Launching a second terminal together with Global Ports Group in the Big Port of St. Petersburg is a logical and timely decision. In the current environment of dynamic freight market fluctuations, the ability to balance between two port facilities will provide an unconditionally constant service tailored to the specific needs of each client.”
The maximum capacity of the Moby Dik site will be no less than 5,000 CBU (completely built units) at a time. In addition, the terminal is ready to develop ancillary infrastructure and provide additional services depending on customer demand, Global ports said in a statement.