• 2018 March 14

    Finances’ downward pressure

    Amid the global freight market’s stagnation lasting for several years, its tanker segment showed a severe plunge in 2017. In February-March the largest global shipping companies posted considerable losses of the past year. The situation is expected to improve in 2018-19 though long-term forecasts are vague due to instability of the global oil market.

  • 2018 March 6

    Steering the course

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has outlined the priorities of transport infrastructure development: increasing the capacity of railway links to the ports of Russia’s South and Far East, boosting cargo traffic along the Northern Sea Route, introducing innovations in shipping and shipbuilding, ecology. However, the President did not touch the issues of inland water transport or the development of land approaches to the Arctic ports.

  • 2018 March 1

    Grain by grain from Russian ports

    Grain exports from Russia are record high while dedicated port facilities, fleet and infrastructure are not sufficient for this amount of grain. United Grain Company, Russia’s largest grain infrastructure and trading company, is looking into large scale investments into construction of new terminals and vessels for grain exports. However, the effect is to be seen not earlier than in 5 years.

  • 2018 February 26

    Fishing spot

    There is a plan for a large scale modernization of fishery infrastructure in Russia as well as for a comprehensive renovation of the fishing fleet. Experts say legislation improvements are required in the field of dredging, hydraulic engineering, taxation and investment quotas in exchange for placing newbuilding orders with domestic shipyards.

  • 2018 February 20

    HAZMAT: Handle with care

    Russia needs to update national legislation and harmonize it with international safety requirements for handling dangerous goods (DG) amid growing exports from the country. At the same time, it is important to create transparent, competitive conditions for bona fide market participants engaged in intermodal transport of this types of cargo.

  • 2018 February 14

    Dredging down to success

    To develop its ports Russia should renovate its dredging and technical fleet having ensured import substitution in this segment. At the Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress organized by Media Group PortNews, representatives of ad hoc ministries, agencies and companies were discussing recent developments in this sphere and the ways to achieve this objective and to improve industry-specific legislation.

  • 2018 February 7

    Feeding neighbors

    In 2017, the share of Russia’s foreign trade cargo transshipped via the ports of the Baltic states and Ukraine decreased by about 0.6% to 6.21%. At the same time, transshipment of Russian cargo via the ports of Ukraine surged over 2-fold amid the deficit of dry cargo handling facilities in the Russian Federation.

  • 2018 February 1

    Long race

    Reconstruction of Crimean ports under Federal Targeted Programme is postponed for at least two years because of disagreements between Crimean Sea Ports and contractors involved in design and survey work.

  • 2018 January 29

    Zvezda hanging over the Baltic

    The law securing transportation of cargo loaded on the Northern Sea Route by RF-flagged ships will facilitate the development of Arctic shipbuilding in Russia. Shipyards of Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad Region have been traditionally holding the lead in this segment but their leadership will soon be undermined by Primorsk Territory’s Zvezda backed by Rosneft.

  • 2018 January 18

    Advanced solutions for ports

    Russia numbers more than 60 seaports and dozens of stevedoring companies. Mooring facilities and docking equipment at many of them are obsolete and worn-out while their domestic production is not sufficient. This situation opens great potential for foreign suppliers.