Rostov-on-Don Port

The Rostov Port, better known as the Rostov-on-Don Port, is one of Russia’s larger industrial centers. It is located approximately 50 kilometers from the Sea of Azov, on the Don River. The Rostov Port was founded in 1749 as a customs port and it suffered tremendous damage during World War II. After being rebuilt the Rostov-on-Don Port became a transportation and industrial center. In addition to this, its closeness to the Donets Basin led to major industrial developments - most notably in the field of engineering.

Rostov Port deals with the loading and discharge of all imported and exported cargoes. Its services include fleet maintenance, warehousing and trans-shipments. Russian river-to-sea vessels often sail from Rostov-on-Don to various Mediterranean ports and the port is accessible from five different seas. Not only is the Port of Rostov a hive of activity, but it is also a rail hub. In order to support the services offered by the Port of Rostov, the city has ship and locomotive repair yards. The city of Rostov is home to many different industries which make frequent use of the port for product distribution. Industries such as chemical manufacturing factories, electrical equipment manufacturers, road making machinery plants, clothing, leather goods, agricultural machinery, tobacco farms and many others, rely on the Rostov Port for the transportation of these goods.

Further favorable conditions were created through the establishment of a crossing point at the Rostov-on-Don Port. This has opened new doors to foreign trade transportations and has provided much needed job opportunities. As a result, local and federal budgets have been bolstered. It is hoped that this new crossing point at Rostov-on-Don Port will help to ease the pressure of excessive overloading that is currently being experienced at the Azov Seaport. Ships will no longer have to lie idle as they wait for a chance to dock at Azov. It is interesting to note that the very first ship that passed the Rostov-on-Don crossing was flying a Malta flag. Rostov Port hopes that it will be able to increase the number of international vessels coming through its crossing over time. In addition to the building of the new crossing point, a new port location was commissioned in 2005 in response to the need to relieve Novorossiysk of its excessive workload. This addition will expand the Rostov Port’s shipping capacity by 1.3 million tons of freight annually.


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