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Rostov-on-Don these days (over 1 mln residents) is a large industrial, trading, culture and research center of Russia.

Rostov-on-Don is also a large road junction of Russia, where river and sea ways, motor roads, railways and air routes cross each other combining together the populous regions of the South Federal Area, Central Russia, the former USSR and foreign countries.

JSC Rostov Port undertakes:

  • cargo transfer;
  • affreightment;
  • international cargo shipping;
  • freight forwarding.

The Rostov Port Joint Stock Company is located at the inland waterways stretch, which position is strategic for international transportation along the Southern water passage.

Of international status, the Port accepts foreign vessels; the State frontier is opened and closed here. It includes the Customs named The River Port of Rostov-on-Don, a border control post, the Rostov Region Rosselkhoznadzor and Rospotrebnadzor Technical Office.

Herefrom vessels start for the Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea countries.

The Port has 18 powered freight docks of a 2,549 m extent, equipped with 33 frame cranes and 4 transfer units. 16 vessels of up to 5 thousand tons cargo-carrying capacity may be simultaneously served at the wharfs. The Port accepts and serves the river-sea vessels of the following types: Volgo-Balt, Volgo-Don, Sormovsky, Sibirsky, Omsky, Amur, etc., as well as foreign vessels of the alike characteristics and 4 meter water draught. The capacity of the transfer equipment is 11.3 thousand tons per day; of the Port station it is up to 120 railcars per day.

Accepted has been The 2006-2015 Port Development Concept, whose basic provisions are the technical depot modernization and equipment with larger cranes, as well as labor-saving devices; transfer of the Port’s basic technical units to the new freight area.

The Port is located to the south-east of the East European Plain, within the city of Rostov-on-Don. Along both banks of the Don River; it includes 4 independent cargo zones: the First One (Central), the Second One (the haven of Aksai), the Third One (the haven of Rostov), and the Fourth One.

The First Cargo Zone

see the map of the First Cargo Zone

The First Cargo Zone is located along the right bank of the Don River, in its Nakhichevan arm; it includes 15 well-furnished powered wharfs, whose total length is 1,354 m and where handled are bulk freight, timber, general cargoes, metalware, heavy containers of up to 27 ton gross weight, coal, ore.

One of the wharfs is for fleet integrated service. The First Cargo Zone has developed in-port railway lines connected with the Kiziterinka port station of the North Caucasian railway, and motor roads leading to the highways.

The wharfs are equipped with 19 frame cranes. The area of the outdoor storages is 27.5 thousand sq m; of the storage warehouses — 7,788 sq m.

The Second Cargo Zone

see the map of the Second Cargo Zone

The Second Cargo Zone (the haven of Aksai) has the Southern and the Northern powered wharfs, whose total length is 530 m, equipped with 10 rehandling units and cranes. It has no railway lines. The basic handled cargoes are: bulk, general, scrap metal, coal, grain, heavy containers of up to 40 ton gross weight. The area of the outdoor storages is 36.2 thousand sq m.

The Third Cargo Zone

see the map of the Third Cargo Zone

The Third Cargo Zone (the haven of Rostov) is located at the left bank of the Don River, it has a well-furnished powered wharf, whose length is 265 m, equipped with 5 frame cranes. The cargo area has rail accesses to the Zarechnaya port station of the North Caucasian railway. The handled cargoes are: bulk, timber, scrap metal, general. The area of the outdoor storages is 12 thousand sq m.

The Fourth Cargo Zone

see the map of the Fourth Cargo Zon Freight Area

The priority direction of growth of the Port is the construction of the Fourth Freight Area at the left bank of the Don River, down from the railway drawbridge, whose annual estimated capacity is to be not less than 4.4 mln tons. The total length of the new area is 1,200 running meters, with depths of 5.6 m at the wharf wall.

The project is supported by the Ministry of Transport of Russia and is included within the subprogram named Inner Water Transport of the federal target program Modernization of the Transportation System of Russia (2002-2010).

Priority is given to the construction of specialized systems handling various freights year-round, as well as to the accumulation and storage of general, bulk cargoes and containers, which enables to solve the following problems:

  • raise the efficiency of the transport communications, manufacturing capacities of Rostov road junction;
  • raise the cargo turn-over and acquire income from transportation and services;
  • reduce the expenses of transportation in the production cost with both the manufacturers and consumers;
  • maintain all-year navigation irrespective of the operation of the railway drawbridge.

400 running meters of the wharf wall were put into operation in 2006. 100 m more of the wharf wall will be constructed in 2007; a branch railway line of 1,200 m will also be started, which will enable to handle up to 55 railcars per day. The new cargo area will specialize in bulk cargoes, metalware, general cargoes.

The plans for this year are to erect a storage warehouse of 2,800 sq m, lay 312 m of cordon crane way and 114 m of rearward crane way, and install 2 dockside cranes of up to 27.5 ton capacity. Improved are now the infrastructures of the area, customs and frontier stations. The new cargo loading area specializes in bulk cargoes, metalware, general cargoes.

General Properties of the Rostov Port Wharfs and Storages

Properties 1st Cargo Zone 2st Cargo Zone 3st Cargo Zone 4st Cargo Zone*
Wharf length, m 1354 530 265 500
Wharf water depth, m 3,6 3,6 3,6 5,6
Number of frame cranes at the cordon, units 16 8 3 3
Cordon storage area, м2        
outdoor 21100 1200 5000 6000
indoor 5188 2800
Rearward storage area, м2        
outdoor 6400 12200 7000
indoor 2600 2800
Cordon storage capacity, thous. t 117,7 80,0 23,0 ~7,7
Rearward storage capacity, thous. t 18,3 31,0 32,0
* — the data on the 4th Zone are as of August 1, 2007. Cranes and their specifications



Cranes and Their Specifications

Cargo Zone Cargo-Carrying Capacity, t Cargo-Carrying Capacity, t
The First One 2,5 2
5 4
20 11
27,5 2
The Second One 5 3
20 4
27,5 2
Mobile 1
The Third One 5 1
20 3
27,5 1
The Fourth One Mobile 2
Floating crane 1



Small-Scale Mechanization

Equipment Type Number of Units
Fork lifts 17
Stripping equipment 4
Bulldozer 4
Excavator 3