The modernisation of berth 38 at the Port of Novorossiisk's NUTEP container terminal will enable an annual handling capacity of 700,000 TEUs, according to comments made to journalists on the sidelines of the TransRussia forum by the General Director of DeloPorts, Igor Yakovenko.

The opening of berth 39 will result in a capacity increase to 400,000 TEUs in 2019, 20% higher than the figures for 2018.

It is planned that the berth will commence operations in late July-August 2019.

This berth is the first in Russia which can accept container vessels of up to 8,000 TEU capacity.

The maximum design parameters for the vessels to be berthed are 316m length, 45m beam and 12.7m draught.

The berth's design is unique, with the facility comprising an elevated 366.3m by 113.2m structure. The berth platform is at 3m above sea-level, while the level of the sea-floor at the quayside is 19m below sea-level. The piling foundation of the berth is made up of 1,200 piles, 1,020mm in diameter and with lengths ranging from 36m to 39m.

The design is set out in further detail here.

Mr Yakovenko commended the high professionalism demonstrated by Morstroytechnology's specialists during the design engineering process.