• 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

    Main lines

    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.

  • 2018 November 13

    Where does oil leak?

    In the nine-months period of 2018, Russian ports of the Baltic Basin saw oil transshipment decrease of 17.4%, or almost 10 million tonnes. Slight decline of oil transshipment was also seen in the Far East Basin.

  • 2018 November 9

    Fish deliveries by NSR

    Rosrybolovstvo, Rosatom and fishing businesses are working over an issue of arranging a regular shipping line to deliver fish from the Far East by the Northern Sea Route. According to preliminary estimations, logistic cost in this case will be almost 30% less as compared with deliveries by railway.

  • 2018 November 2

    Researchers to get five newbuilds

    Russia is set to build five research vessels (RV). Three of them will be built for the Federal Agency for Fishery (Rosrybolovstvo) and a pair for the Ministry of Education and Science. To recover the newbuilds costs the Ministry plans to operate the duo as ice-class offshore supply vessels (OSV). The RV design for Rosrybolovstvo will be completed before the end of 2018.

  • 2018 October 31


    The key task of Russia’s Federal Customs Service is digitization of its activities, automation of customs procedures and development of e-document flow. That is supposed to create conditions for equal and fair competition as well as for minimization of exporters/importers’ costs. Yet, the business takes it with a pinch of salt so far.