• 2014 February 27 10:46

    Maglev container bridge proposed for construction between Saint-Petersburg and Moscow

    The committee of the Leningrad Chamber of Commerce and Industry has listened to a report of Anatoly Zaitsev, Chairman of the Board of Directors of National Speedways OJSC, on magnetic levitation technologies for public municipal transport and container bridge between the ports of the Gulf of Finland and terminals of Moscow. According to the Chamber press center, the speaker noted that the present transport system cannot meet the demand of domestic manufacturers when it comes to the key parameter – speed of cargo transportation. Meanwhile maglev technologies allow meeting of all the requirements. 

    According to Anatoly Zaitsev, the scientific research resulted in conceiving of two projects: container bridge “terminals of Saint-Petersburg – terminals of Moscow” and new municipal passenger transport at the advance section “Palace of Congresses – Obukhovo metro station”. He says 2 million containers are annually delivered from container terminals of the Baltic Sea to Moscow terminals and back with motor transportation accounting for 90% of all cargoes.

    The scientific research was carried out by Russian Foundation for Basic Research and Russian Railways OJSC. The scientific inquiry, calculations, experiments are to be completed in 2014 with the production of a sample platform for maglev transportation of containers and trailers.

    The report of Valentin Zanin, Director General of National Speedways OJSC, was dedicated to economic attractiveness of municipal and cargo transport based on maglev technologies. He said the projects are interesting for private capital while the state is to provide political support.

    Maglev (derived from magnetic levitation), is a system of transportation that suspends, guides and propels vehicles, predominantly trains, using magnetic levitation from a very large number of magnets for lift and propulsion. This method has the potential to be faster, quieter and smoother than wheeled mass transit systems. The power needed for levitation is usually not a particularly large percentage of the overall consumption; most of the power used is needed to overcome air drag, as with any other high speed train.


2016 July 1

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17:16 Indicative bunker prices are stable at the port of Saint-Petersburg (graph)
17:01 HELCOM promotes cleaner practices for ships’ sewage
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15:33 The cruise vessel m/s Artania to call Turku on 1 July at 10 a.m
15:21 Blohm+Voss to open refit facility for megayachts in the Mediterranean
15:01 Nordic American Tankers takes delivery of a Suezmax tanker
14:57 IBSV launched for Sovcomflot at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard is to be put into operation in 4Q 2016
14:38 Austal halts trading shares
14:26 Rosmorrechflot says Russia needs about 360 river and sea/river newbuilds by 2020
14:14 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Oceanis with Nidera
14:05 Crude exports via CPC terminal up 1.8% to 21.83 mln t in HI’2016
13:52 Corvette Rezky laid down at Amur Shipyard (photo)
13:37 Rolls-Royce receives regulatory approval for Trent service network changes and new agreements with AMC JVs
13:13 Fincantieri delivers the first of two ultra luxury cruise ships for Regent Seven Seas Cruises
13:01 Russian Railways' network loading up 1.8% to 599.5 mln t in HI’2016
12:45 Baltiysky Zavod shipyard starts harbor tests of world’s first floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov (photo)
12:22 General Dynamics NASSCO contracted to build next generation of U.S. Navy fleet oilers
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12:01 New Century Shipbuilding Corporation delivers 33,000 DWT product oil and chemical tanker
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10:31 IMO's container weight verification rule enters into force
10:27 Wärtsilä announced the acquisition of Finnish technology company
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09:18 Ports of Gdansk and Qiundao ink Memorandum of Cooperation
09:09 Baltic Dry Index up to 660 points

2016 June 30

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17:20 Tallink Grupp appoints captain of its new LNG-driven fast ferry Megastar
16:55 Project on construction of railway approaches to Crimea Bridge obtains state expert approval (photo)
16:27 Bank of Russia revokes license from PRISCO CAPITAL BANK of Primorsk Shipping Corporation
16:14 CMA CGM announces the extension of the Emergency Operational Surcharge to all shipments from the Indian Subcontinent
16:08 Brexit aftermath: bunker market in uncertainty
15:56 NCSP will not pay dividends for 2015
15:35 Port of Gdansk signed Memorandum of Cooperation with Chinese Port of Qingdao
15:13 Port of Oakland adopts budget for Fiscal Year 2017
15:00 Icebreaking Multipurpose Supply Vessel launched at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard
14:39 Bunker market at port Novorossiysk sees no significant changes (graph)
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13:44 Russian Railways and Federal Antimonopoly Service will establish Freight Market Council (photo)
13:13 Jan De Nul Group to supply installation vessel to install turbines for Blyth Offshore Wind Demonstration Project
12:52 Bunker prices are still high in the Far East ports (graph)
12:31 Federation Council approves expansion of porto franco regime to key ports in Russia’s Far East
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11:03 ClassNK amends Rules and Guidance
10:49 Fugro deploys additional vessel Fugro Gauss offshore Mexico for seep-hunting survey
10:02 Federation Council supports fishing quotas for investment purposes
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2016 June 29

18:44 Sea Installer crane upgrade complete
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