• 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.


2014 September 15

13:14 TSC signs construction contract for second R550-D Jack-up rig
12:45 Pella shipyard (Leningrad region) lays down hydrographic ship of project 11982 for RF Navy (photo)
12:23 Ilya Klebanov reelected as Chairman of Sovcomflot BoD
12:11 New berth built at port Vostochny Port as part of Coal Terminal’s third phase (photo)
12:00 MAN Diesel & Turbo has announced the development of a new generation of turbochargers
11:13 Vale and Cosco sign cooperation agreement on VLOCs
10:19 President of Russian Railways sums up Company's operational work in eight months of 2014
10:00 MAN Diesel & Turbo gets order from China for further dual-fuel units
09:27 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,181 points
09:15 Swire Pacific Offshore celebrates the naming of its first G Class Platform Supply Vessel in Japan
09:09 Oil price down to $97.11 in London and down to $92.27 in New York

2014 September 14

16:56 Vessels Conti Saphir and Genco Beauty join to the Pan8 Pool fleet
14:09 Honghua enters into a land drilling rig sales agreement with Kuwait Drilling Company
12:08 General Dynamics NASSCO signal construction of five American Petroleum Tankers at steel cutting ceremony
10:08 European Commission publishes the first call for tender under the Connecting Europe Facility
09:38 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Dione with RWE
08:50 Fincantieri holds the steel-cutting ceremony for Viking Sea at Marghera shipyard

2014 September 13

17:13 SITC International and Guangxi Pingxiang Integrated Free Trade Zone sign strategic cooperation memorandum
14:50 ABB to enable integration of renewables in Alaskan island microgrid
12:37 MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company announces ECA Charge from the 1st of January 2015
11:48 Shipyard Ferus Smit GmbH., Leer delivers m.v. Roerborg to Royal Wagenborg
10:46 Bergen Tankers converts the Lloyd’s Register-classed chemical and product tanker

2014 September 12

18:41 Registration ongoing: Join the International Conference “Impact of Shipping on Air in Europe”, St. Petersburg
18:27 “K” Line continues to be selected as an Index Component of Dow Jones
18:01 Statoil, GE and Ferus Natural Gas Fuels expand a pilot project capturing flare gas and using it to power six drill rigs and one frac fleet
17:51 Kalmar to supply the first Super Gloria reachstacker to Egon Evertz in Germany
17:48 Sovcomflot’s LNG carrier Pskov set off for her maiden voyage
17:31 New filter option gives Alfa Laval PureBallast 3.0 unrivalled performance
17:15 Höegh LNG announces resignation of director
17:06 COSCON announces General Rate Increase for Transpacific trade
16:39 Lithuania to complete works on Rail Baltica in 2015
16:14 Stockholm, Frihamnen introduces sobriety checkpoint
15:52 Kalmar's Super Gloria completes world record lift at Lidhult, Sweden
15:47 Vladimir Putin approves creation of common SCO transport system
15:25 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) forecasts 4.8 pct growth of throughput to 35 mln t in 2014
15:14 Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port exceed 100,000 units of vehicle handling this year
14:40 Throughput of Klaipeda seaport (Lithuania) up 4% to 23.3 mln t in Jan-Aug’14
14:33 Hapag-Lloyd informs about schedule deviations on its North Pacific 1 Service
14:14 The South Carolina Ports Authority awarded $10.8 mln TIGER Grant
13:40 G6 Alliance announces Asia-U.S. West Coast Schedule Update
13:31 Cruise ship Silver Explorer calls at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (photo)
13:14 The first Havyard WE design delivered to Fafnir Offshore
12:50 EU imposes sanctions on Rosneft, Transneft and Gazprom Neft
12:22 Odessa Commercial Sea Port starts test operation of new container terminal at Quarantine Mole (photo)
12:01 European Commission approves merger of container shipping activities between CSAV and Hapag-Lloyd
11:19 Lenmorniiproekt and Evpatoriysky trade port signed Cooperation agreement
11:09 Wärtsilä wins biggest ever single owner order for Ballast Water Management Systems
10:57 CMA CGM Group presents the latest version of its global East-West service offer
10:45 Rates for personnel launch and tugboat services changed at port Sabetta
10:03 IFO-180 price at port Saint-Petersburg slightly down in late 37th week (graph)
09:31 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,186 points
09:17 Oil price up to $98.08 in London and up to $92.83 in New York
09:04 Bunker prices at port St. Petersburg down in late 37th week (graph)

2014 September 11

18:32 Clarksons expands its Dry Cargo team in New York
18:12 Miclyn Express Offshore extends Chevron Partnership & Senior leadership team
18:02 Finnlines announces changes in the organisation
17:50 Railway line towards Gatchina would ensure development of MMPK Bronka
17:32 The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia announces appointment of Chief Executive Officer
17:24 Bibby Offshore opens office in Stravanger, Norway
17:12 Annual capacity of railway towards Ust-Luga port to reach 64 mln t in 2015