2019 January 17
Through ice reefs to “Zvezda”
The construction of ice-class ships is a strong factor for the development of shipbuilding in Russia. New icebreakers are being built intensely, not without delays, though. Meanwhile, the launch of Shipbuilding Complex “Zvezda” will let Russia build ice-class supply ships and large tankers.
2019 January 9
The cost of fleet construction
In 2018, allocations for state measures supporting construction of new fleet in Russia exceeded RUB 2 billion, which allowed private customers have more than a hundred of different vessels built by domestic shipyards. Many ships were laid down under state orders.
2018 December 28
All things are in flux
The year of 2018 was crucial for water transport, shipbuilding and port industries with its key personnel changes, unexpected events and important legislative amendments. A lot is to be done in 2019.
2018 December 24
Trust but phase out imports
Russia is making much effort to upgrade its commercial fleet in most of segments: small-size ships, port fleet, tugboats, dredgers, icebreakers, Arctic tankers, supply ships and vessels of mixed sea/river navigation. To ensure multiplicative effect for the Russian economy this process should be based on the development of domestic manufacture of shipboard equipment.
2018 December 21
Phantoms of Russian infrastructure – 2018
The deficit of budget resources has expectedly lead to reduction of infrastructure projects. The state and the private business has focused on the priority projects. However, some plans are still “in the air” and their prospects are not clear.
2018 December 17
Northern ruble is warming
Enormous investments in creation and development of port facilities is required for the development of shipping on the Northern Sea Route. Among key projects are the Utrenniy terminal, oil terminal of Taimyr, Northern Latitudinal Railway and its extension to Sabetta. However, financial and shipbuilding capacity of the country cannot cover all the plans as scheduled.
2018 December 10
There is gas but no money
NOVATEK, key cargo shipper on the Northern Sea Route, has ambitious plans on creation of infrastructure for LNG shipments though state financing is lagging behind so far. The plans on construction of transshipment facilities in Murmansk and Kamchatka requiring application of unique technologies can be challenged by insufficient financing of the NSR infrastructure including that of Sabetta.
2018 November 28
The future of Russian ports will be determined by the plan for core transport infrastructure development till 2024, corporatization of Rosmorport and legislative improvements. All of this is to raise overall annual capacity of Russian ports by 350 million tonnes minimum with their throughput to grow by one third.
2018 November 23
Gas versus oil
Toughening of international requirements on marine fuel presents new challenges for Russia. RF Ministry of Energy is going to provide subsidies to manufacturers of low-sulfur fuel oil, Sovcomflot stakes on LNG, Atomflot calls for construction of nuclear-powered icebreakers while the global shipping community still says that “fuel” future is vague.
2018 November 19
Dry bulk transshipment via Baltic ports
Transshipment of Russian mineral fertilizers, ore and grain via the ports of the Baltic states surged in the 9-month period of 2018 but the trend can change with the appearance of a terminal handling mineral fertilizers in Ust-Luga, building up coal transshipment and creation of a dry cargo area at the port of Primorsk.
2019 January 19
GARD: Beware of local restrictions before discharging washwater from exhaust gas scrubbing
The IMO considers exhaust gas scrubbers to be an acceptable means of reducing vessels’ sulphur emissions and ensuring compliance with MARPOL Annex VI. A separate guideline, Resolution MEPC.259(68), specifies the requirements for the verification, testing, survey and certification of scrubber...GARD: Beware of local restrictions before discharging washwater from exhaust gas scrubbing
2019 January 18
Russian Sailors Captured In Gulf Of Guinea Alive, Pirates Demand Ransom - Trade Union
The Russian sailors who were captured by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea are alive...Russian Sailors Captured In Gulf Of Guinea Alive, Pirates Demand Ransom - Trade Union
Indiga port’s project may be presented in spring
A project on development of the Indiga port in the Nenets Region will be presented within two coming months...Indiga port’s project may be presented in spring
Gazprom installs FSRU offshore western Russia
Commissioning has started of Russia’s first floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) in the Baltic Sea, offshore the Kaliningrad enclave in western Russia...Gazprom installs FSRU offshore western Russia
Russia looks to build ‘LNG Island’ to supply booming Asian market
Russia’s largest LNG (liquefied natural gas) producer is looking to boost supply to the fast growing Asian markets by upgrading its facilities in the Far East...Russia looks to build ‘LNG Island’ to supply booming Asian market
Russia’s main coal hub to EU sees 20% drop in exports
Russia’s largest terminal for coal exports to Europe shipped 20% less coal in 2018 due to infrastructure maintenance...Russia’s main coal hub to EU sees 20% drop in exports